Nigerian eCommerce startup, Bumpa, has raised a $200,000 pre-seed to digitise thousands of African businesses on its platform.
Greencap Equity, HoaQ club, Rizq Investment Group, Microtraction, DFS Lab, Aidi Ventures, Prosper Otemuyiwa, Oo Nwoye, Perfect Makanju, Whogohost’s venture arm, and a few other angel investors took part in the round.
Bumpa, formerly known as SalesCabal, was relaunched in February 2021 by Kelvin Umechukwu (CEO) and Adetunji Opayele (CTO). The company helps retailers manage and grow their businesses using their smartphones.
From a side project to a full-time project
Umechukwu and Opayele met in 2013 as students at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. They were part of the schools’ tech community, building different products.
After school, Opayele founded HostCabal, a company that helps small businesses host their businesses online. And in 2018, Umechukwu joined him as a business developer, albeit as a side gig.
“After we built it, we noticed that a lot of businesses were coming online. So rather than building websites for individual businesses, we decided to automate the process. That’s how it began as a side project,” Umechukwu explains to Techpoint Africa.
Because of the economic impact of COVID-19 in 2020, Opayele was confident that the product was ready for launch.
“Before 2020, it was difficult to move businesses online. So the idea was to figure out how to get businesses online because they were completely offline and lacked the resources to digitise their operations. That was how we began building SalesCabal, not Bumpa,” Umechukwu explains.
In May 2021, Umechukwu began working full-time at Bumpa with Opayele.
Bumpa helps merchants grow their businesses online
The startup, which Umechukwu calls “Shopify for Africa,” assists merchants and businesses in moving their operations online. It allows merchants with no technical skills and experience to set up their eCommerce store using their smartphones.
Additionally, Bumpa merchants can use their smartphones to accept online and offline payments, manage inventory/products, handle bookkeeping, fulfil orders, track sales, request dispatch riders, easily engage customers, and much more.
While Umechukwu attributes the successful round to having the right team and supportive investors who recognise value, he believes that with the financing, many small businesses will thrive as they leverage technology for business growth.