Nigerian Solar-Based Internet Supplier Seeks IPO, $50 Million

Sep 1, 2022 05:52 PM ET
  • Part of profits would certainly be utilized to broaden right into Ivory Coast
  • Tizeti plans also target listing on the Nasdaq after Nigeria

Tizeti, a US-backed Nigerian startup that attaches homes to the internet via solar-powered towers, is seeking to elevate as much as $50 million to broaden its procedures.

The business, which has support from technology specialist Y Combinator, will certainly look for funds from both an initial public offering in Lagos as well as a financial debt issue, Chief Executive Officer Kendall Ananyi claimed in a meeting. The proceeds will be used to expand to 10 more states in Nigeria outside the major commercial centers of Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt, in addition to Ghana and also Ivory Coast, he claimed.

"We will certainly be supplying endless internet accessibility to potentially 39 million Africans out of the unconnected 900 million on the continent," Ananyi said.

Tizeti, which started procedures in 2012, has virtually 4,000 hotspots giving internet services to 2.8 million clients in Nigeria and also Ghana-- albeit a fraction of the populations. Utilizing solar power generates financial savings that can be passed onto clients, Ananyi stated, as well as prevents the power lacks that have forced several business to rely on expensive diesel-powered generators.

Need for solar power in Nigeria has leapt after a more than 200% increase in the rate of diesel complying with Russia's intrusion of Ukraine and also the investor-driven desire for cleaner forms of energy.

The Lagos-based startup formerly raised $2.1 million in a seed round in 2017, followed by a $3 million series A in 2018. It has paid ever since, according to Ananyi. Investors in previous rounds include Y Combinator, WTI, Social Capital as well as 4DX ventures.

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