Nigeria based startup Simplifyd, has reportedly raised USD 500,000 in a pre-seed funding round in order to become the first choice for data-free access to the internet pan Africa. The firm has also introduced its toll-free application platform- ZeroData.
Simplifyd, started by Mayowa Amao, Tomi Amao, Abiola Fajimi, and Sam Keiru in 2020, has its vision set to resolve the setbacks linked with using affordable data amidst the astounding rate of consumption of data, particularly in web and mobile application users in the upcoming markets of Africa.
As per credible reports, the startup has received a pre-seed funding of nearly USD 500,000 from Y Combinator and Future Africa. The funding from Y Combinator was followed by the selection of Simplifyd for W22 batch of the famous Silicon Valley-centric accelerator along with plethora of other startups from Africa.
While commenting on the latest launch of ZeroData, Tomi Amao, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder at Simplifyd stated that it has been developed after an ardent desire to fulfill the worrying challenge of data affordability in Africa along with backing the greater digital inclusions throughout the continent.
Tomi stated that ZeroData has been created to fulfill the needs of both the users with an active data plan and the ones with no plans. In case of users with a working data plan, their data isn’t consumed while using the application and, their app allows the non-active data plan users to relish non-stop access to the internet applications mentioned on the platform.
Tomi added that the fact that the African people pay highest prices for mobile internet against their income is completely worrying. The launch of ZeroData sustainably solves this challenge and serves as a convenient platform for utilizing the internet sidelining the expensive data plans for the emerging internet users in Africa.
Reportedly, the users just need to download the ZeroData application in their MacOS or Windows and Android, which gives them access to free data to specific websites and apps.