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Nigeria’s startup shakeout: closer look at leading tech startup closures!

5 months ago

Key Elements:

  • Nigeria’s leading tech startups experienced closures in 2023
  • Jumia Food, a popular online food delivery service, unexpectedly shut down
  • Regulatory uncertainties and challenging business conditions led to the closure of Pillow, a crypto investment startup
  • Vibra, a Nigerian cryptocurrency platform, closed due to ongoing market challenges
  • Lazerpay, a web3 and crypto payment company, folded under financial pressure despite earlier reductions in workforce
  • 54gene, a genomics company, faced financial woes and had to shut down
  • Other startups like Bundle, PayDay, and Pivo Africa also faced challenges and had to close
  • The closures highlight the need for agile adaptation, data-driven decisions, and laser-focused business models
  • Nigeria’s tech landscape still holds potential for innovation and growth

In 2023, several of Nigeria’s leading tech startups faced closures due to various reasons. Jumia Food, a popular online food delivery service, shut down unexpectedly. The closure of Pillow, a crypto investment startup, was attributed to regulatory uncertainties and challenging business conditions. Vibra, a Nigerian cryptocurrency platform, closed due to ongoing market challenges. Lazerpay, a web3 and crypto payment company, folded under financial pressure despite earlier reductions in workforce. 54gene, a genomics company, faced financial woes and had to shut down. Other startups, including Bundle, PayDay, and Pivo Africa, also experienced closures due to challenges in scaling, competition, and market limitations.

These closures highlight the need for agile adaptation, data-driven decisions, and laser-focused business models in Nigeria’s tech landscape. Investors should exercise patience and discern between fleeting mirages and sturdy opportunities. Despite the challenges and closures, Nigeria’s tech industry remains fertile and teeming with potential. Opay, a fintech giant in Nigeria, serves as a beacon of innovation and resilience. The closures should be seen as opportunities for renewal and a call to arms for resilience and innovation. From the ashes of these fallen startups, a new generation can rise, wiser, stronger, and ready to rewrite the destiny of Nigerian tech, one line of code at a time.