NIGERIA – GetEquity, the Lagos-based fintech startup, has closed a six-figure pre-seed funding round led by GreenHouse Capital as it launches its first product, a venture-funding platform that connects entrepreneurs and investors.
The pre-seed funding was from GreenHouse Capital, an African fintech investment fund and platform focused on supporting early-stage companies and world-class emerging market entrepreneurs. Founded by Jude Dike and William Okafor, GetEquity is a fundraising and venture portfolio management company that aims to reduce friction between founders and the funding they need by giving them access to a wide range of funding options.
“GetEquity is challenging the status quo of startup financing and venture capital. We are democratising access to startup funding and thereby expanding the pie for previously underfunded and underserved startups,” said GetEquity co-founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Dike Jude.
Dike Jude – CEO, GetEquity
Bunmi Akinyemiju, founding partner of GreenHouse Capital, said he was proud to see GetEquity’s platform launch after the firm played a key mentoring role.
“One of our missions at GreenHouse Capital is to bring African startups to the world. GetEquity’s platform advances this mission by democratising access to the continent’s fastest-growing startups. We also believe in ‘founders backing founders’ and have been thrilled to directly work with GetEquity from an early stage,” he said.
“The increased visibility that the platform will give African startups will inevitably result in larger investment rounds, faster closes, and an overall raising of the international profile of the African startup space.”
The startups listed at launch include Breeze, facilitating currency conversions and transfers for businesses; Onboardly, helping organisations automate their employee onboarding experience; Nguvu Health, providing affordable and on-demand teletherapy access to users.