NIGERIA – Dojah, a tech startup based in Nigeria, has been included amongst the tech startups to participate in the W22 Y Combinator accelerator programme in Silicon Valley.
Earlier this week, three Nigerian startups – Moni, Topship and IdentityPass – were listed amongst the tech startups that would be funded in this year’s W22 accelerator programme.
Dojah has now been listed bringing the number of Nigerian tech startups to a total of 4.
Ayomide Oso, Product Lead and Co-founder at Dojah on getting into the accelerator programme said, “Getting into YC has been a tremendous boost for us. It has already been instrumental in helping us ease conversations with critical stakeholders.
“We are excited about what the future holds for us. Our growth translates to more growth for the African Startups.”
The company intends to use its funding to expand to other African countries and at the same time help other African startups to gain access to more countries.
Dojah is a tech company that specializes in providing a digital means of identification and verification across Africa in order to aid the seamless authentication of data.
The company offers a means to validate user identities through means like liveness check, biometric verification and validating IDs with OTPs.
The company was founded in 2021 by Tobiloba Ololade and Ayomide Oso who while in the course of their jobs identified the problems in the verification and identification process in Nigeria and Africa and sought to bring a solution to it and created Dojah to make identity and verification processes easier by leveraging access to Application Programming Interface (API).
Due to the fragmented regulatory and technological landscape, scaling across Africa remains a difficult undertaking for startups and companies trying to expand across the continent.
Obtaining valid identification and financial data frequently necessitates integrating with many service providers, which is time-consuming and difficult.
Dojah aims to address this issue by aggregating and standardizing digital onboarding and KYC APIs across the continent, resulting in a single point of entry for firms wishing to expand across borders.
Dojah wants to create a one-stop shop for onboarding users (both people and businesses) across Africa.
The startup has already achieved new milestones by integrating onboarding and KYC endpoints for 5 African countries — Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, and Uganda — just before being accepted for the YC 2022 batch. Over 500 firms have been onboarded, and over 2 million API calls have been processed.
Getting into YCombinator has become recognized as a launchpad for African startups in recent years, as well as a symbol of validation that the startup is worth watching.
It also intends to expand the distribution of its no-code solutions across the continent to help non-developers with scalable businesses in building out their onboarding and KYC flows.
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