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June 07, 2022

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Good day , 

Victoria here,

World Food Safety Day is June 7, 2022. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this is to shine the light on and mobilise action to prevent, detect, and manage foodborne risks and improve human health.

What is the significance of food safety? Per the WHO, unsafe food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, or chemical substances causes over 200 diseases ranging from diarrhoea to cancer.

Consequently, access to adequate amounts of safe and nutritious food is critical to sustaining life and promoting good health. Also, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables and drinking plenty of water is an excellent place to start.

So, today I'll be discussing:

  • ShopEX’s $635,000 pre-seed
  • Some interesting Apple updates
  • Indicina’s $3 million seed

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ShopEX’s $635,000 pre-seed

ShopEX, a Nigeria-based multi-channel retailer, announced a $635,000 pre-seed yesterday, June 6, 2022.

HAVAÍC, Echo VC, and Expert Media Partner invested in this round.

Founded in 2018 by Isi Abebe (CEO), the company says it’s “on a mission to bring ‘teleshopping’ to the everyday life of Nigerians by creating direct to consumer live shopping experiences.”

How does it do this? It uses video ads across television and other channels to provide an immersive experience for its customers.

To be clear, teleshopping companies, as opposed to traditional eCommerce companies, run advertisements on TV or social media channels demonstrating how the products work. The ads also include customer testimonials and a phone number where buyers can place orders.

So, ShopEX handles the delivery to the customer after the orders are placed. The company also has a phone number for purchasers to place orders via WhatsApp.

According to the company, it will launch its buy now, pay later scheme and collaborate with retail and affiliate startups to ensure that customers get the best value for money when purchasing the high-quality, globally acclaimed products in its offering.

The funds will be used to launch new products and improve technology to provide "an exceptional customer experience" as it expands into new markets.

Chimgozirim provided more information about the startup here: Nigeria’s ShopEX raises $635,000 to build the QVC of Africa

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Some interesting Apple news

If you've got an Apple device, this is especially for you! Did you know that with the upcoming Apple software update, iOS 16, you can edit your iMessage conversations after sending messages or completely cancel them by clicking "undo send"? Reminds me of Instagram, though.

This was revealed at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2022 on Monday, June 6, 2022.

There are other things, too: The iOS 16 will include the Apple Fitness app, meaning you won't need an Apple Watch to use the Fitness app on your iPhone.

Also, the next version of its watchOS will include several new health-related features. It will introduce new running metrics and medication reminders.

Concerning safety, Apple announced that iOS 16 would include a new feature called Safety Check. The company believes it would be quite useful for people in abusive relationships.

Safety Check can assist users in managing app access and passwords and inform them of who has access to their passwords and personal information. Consequently, it will make it easier for people in abusive relationships to cut ties with their partners across devices.

Apple joins the BNPL bandwagon: With iOS 16, Apple Pay introduces a new feature called Apple Pay Later. This allows you to pay for purchases over time in four instalments without incurring interest.

You will make the first payment in advance and the remaining three every two weeks. This is managed in the wallet app, and you can pay them ahead of time if you prefer.

Also, Apple is expanding your options for interacting with your selected text in both photos and videos. You will soon be able to translate live text into another language or convert currency amounts in real-time.

This means that if you're watching a video, you'll be able to pause the frame and select the text, just like you can now in a photo and with the translation app. To access this feature, go to Apple's translation app, which now includes a live camera view.

To the last item on this list: Apple also intends to enhance automatic dictation, and you can now use your voice to add emojis.

The new dictation features will make switching between typing and dictation easier, making the transition between voice and touch a little more seamless.

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Indicina’s $3 million seed

Indicina, a Nigerian fintech startup, has announced a $3 million seed.

The round was led by Target Global, while Kuda, Kippa, Greycroft, RV Ventures, and Edukoya participated.

Launched by Yvonne Johnson (CEO), Yemi Ajao, Jacob Ayokunle, and Carlos del Carpio in 2018, Indicina is a digital lending platform that provides lenders with data-driven credit decisions.

This means that the company employs a data-driven approach to help lending institutions provide credit underwriting at scale. Its API-based platform develops products that help lenders from loan application to decision, disbursement, and collection.

Besides, it uses artificial intelligence to provide insights into potential customers and de-risk unsecured loans. This also empowers lenders to drive new uses of data beyond default prediction.

To diversify its offerings and revenue streams, Indicina says it will launch a B2C offering in the coming weeks.

While the company currently operates in Nigeria and Kenya, the new funding will help it expand into other African markets. It will also strengthen its key product offerings, develop more consumer credit recommendation products, and expand its infrastructure.

If you want to know more about how the startup operates, kindly check out Ogheneruemu’s story: With products like Originate and Decide, Indicina is enabling lenders give millions of Africans loans using alternative data

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Have a superb Tuesday!
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Victoria Fakiya (@latoria_ria)

 

A writer with ADHD who is interested in mental health and how technology is improving the lives of Africans with mental disorders.

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