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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

SPARK launch gains global recognition

iROKOtv’s Jason Njoku, Bastian Gotter and Nollywood superstar Mary Remmy-Njoku have launched SPARK - a $1m-backed company to support and develop aspiring Nigerian tech and Internet entrepreneurs.  

Based in Lagos and launched just a few weeks ago, the new company has attracted attention from around the world, having featured in US-based black entertainment website BET as well as BBC World radio. It has been praised as a pioneer in revolutionizing the start-up ecosystem for young, talented Nigerians looking to make their mark in the country’s emerging tech sector. Continue...



Since its launch on 8 May, the company has received hundreds of emails from entrepreneurs looking to join the SPARK network, as well as interest from investors around the world looking to collaborate with the new company.

Jason Njoku says: “Myself, Bastian and Mary meet so many young, talented tech entrepreneurs who fall at the first hurdle because the culture for funding start-ups doesn’t exist in Nigeria at the moment. Lagos is the gateway to the tech scene in Africa. It is currently worth about $200million. In 3-5 years time, it will be $1billion. We, SPARK, plan to be behind Nigeria’s first wave of dotcom millionaires”.

Bastian Gotter says: “The reaction to SPARK has been fantastic and it proves that now is the time to be investing in the tech market. Following on from our success with iROKOtv, we feel that there is no-one in a better position than us to drive forward the tech start-up sector in Nigeria and this is why we’ve launched SPARK.”

So far, SPARK has funded 13 companies, all internet based, supplying services such as dating, property letting, hotel booking and other service that more and more Nigerians are going online for. The 13 companies include Hotels.ngChristians.ngBus.com.ngGiddimint.com.ng Borro.com.ngInsured.ng, ToLet.com.ngFoto.com.ng  blink.com.ngHealthy.com.ng and Drinks.ng

Mary Remmy-Njoku says: “Three years ago, no-one thought to come online to watch Nollywood movies and now, it is an every day occurrence for millions of people around the world and in Nigeria. People log in to www.irokotv.com and they have instant access to Mercy Johnson, Majid Michel, Mama G….. whoever is their favourite star. They have iROKOtv as their first port of call for their Nollywood movies.

“The same is going to happen for these SPARK companies; people who are interested in fashion will go online to Giddimint to buy a cool t-shirt, to Hotels.Ng to book a hotel room or to Drinks.ng to order good priced drinks for a wedding or big occasion. Our SPARK companies will become an everyday part of Nigerian lives in the next few years”.

65 Comments:

  • At 29 May 2013 at 20:49 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    nigeria is becoming an american dream type society...wow...Jason Njoku and his crew are doing sme good things, investment is what alot of techy ppl need... and Njoku and his crew are on their way to becoming billionaires...wow...

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 20:52 , Blogger Dark Codr said...

    Cool.

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 20:55 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Very nice concept. ..more grease to ur elbow

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 20:57 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Cool.. we can now have incubators in Nigeria too..

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 20:58 , Blogger Jess Ann said...

    Nice one

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 21:06 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    whoa brilliant idea

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  • At 29 May 2013 at 21:11 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wow I love dis couple already, baba God abeg bless me wit som1 wit whom I can grow in all aspects(financial, spiritually, intellectually,emotionally etc) AMEN.

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 21:22 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wat a power couple..
    Intelligent ppl..
    Billie jean

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 21:23 , Anonymous jennietobbie said...

    Now, that's different. Proud!

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 21:38 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Awesome! God don bless this girl pls come bless me too o

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 21:45 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Congratulations to them!!!.. nice

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 21:53 , Anonymous Empress said...

    Wow this is gonna be good I can feel it already. Nigeria now going online seriously.

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 21:58 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Nice. Good to see she's not a trophy wife.

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 21:59 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Interesting. I have always said it, we have natural/human resources abound in Nigeria. Let them give us constant power for one year and see how Naija go blow in, business, entertainments, Agriculture, Health care, etc.

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 22:15 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wow.... great job guys

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 22:24 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Linda, u dey craze o. Mary-Remmy na superstar? Mschewwww....

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 22:37 , Anonymous King wizzy said...

    Very aspiring innovation.kudos 2 u guys n more grease 2 ya elbows

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 23:15 , Anonymous @Koonley said...

    Wow! That's a nice innovation. More grease to their elbows and keep the flag off. The sky is your starting point

     
  • At 29 May 2013 at 23:28 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I thought I would see a link on how to sign up with SPARK. This post is incomplete.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 00:27 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    sorry remmy i have been watching nigerian movies online since 2004. the only difference is that they were free and iroko on most part isnt.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 00:50 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I love Mary Remmy bt calling her a superstar? Linda nwannem fear God biko kwanu. Abeg no make me laugh

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 00:56 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great one guys. Tnx for believing in your Country and doing a positive thing

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 01:10 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Please are they hiring? Direct me...

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 01:37 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Gud entreprenural skill.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 02:22 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thank guys n GOD bless.You guys ve shown the NIGERIA youth we can do positive things.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 03:01 , Blogger Bob's Em said...

    wow how nyc dats wot ma blog is up to ....check it out at www.bolsey.blogspot.com

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 03:51 , Anonymous ForexPro said...

    We already have dot.com millionaires. I am one. But congrats anyway on this noble venture. God bless ur hustle.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 05:32 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Great idea and concept for once ..... Well done




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  • At 30 May 2013 at 05:47 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The man is clueless in saying "3years ago no one thought to watch movies online" what happened to YouTube? And all those free websites. If he said "formal" place to watch online that will be different. Wording makes a diff in a sentence *sighs* good job though :)

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 05:59 , Blogger Sorem said...

    nice biz enterprise! Wsh u gr8 success. Minwyl mary luks lyk she has added weight

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 06:14 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wow!nice one mary!u guys deserve a big pat on ur back!all d best

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 06:26 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    nice one Njoku, keep it up.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 06:37 , Anonymous Onyinye said...

    This is very creative, I like. Will really boost ICT in Nigeria. It is really true that two heads are better than one (Mr&Mrs Njoku). BTW I'm the first to comment. Yay.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 06:56 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Yeeeey......Nigeria go better, cool innovation, although itz obvious una go chop our money still buh the good news is that Nigeria will improve Tech wise......thumbs up

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 07:00 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Mmtchew....
    So wat Sud I do about it?????

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 07:49 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Dix is wonderful

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 07:58 , Anonymous otunba said...

    Nollywood 'superstar' tho??!

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 08:11 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is a very creative idea I must confess. Thumbs up guys. Good work

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 08:12 , Anonymous itunes said...

    This is a very creative idea I must confess. Thumbs up guys. Good work

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 08:47 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Wowww dats a nice one. Thumbs up to u guys!

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 09:12 , Anonymous Dee said...

    WHY DIDNT THEY PUT THE CHICK INFRONT, SEE AS DEM COVER HER FOR BACK.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 09:18 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Damn! where can I get one of them tee shirts Njoku is wearing??? THE GREMLIN HAS SPOKEN!

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 09:25 , Blogger Gozie Ezekute said...

    This is good.Real economic empowerment.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 09:26 , Blogger Gozie Ezekute said...

    This is great. Real economic empowerment.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 09:31 , Blogger Gozie Ezekute said...

    This is good.Real economic empowerment.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 10:00 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Very impressive! So nice.. Kudos.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 10:11 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    nice

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 10:30 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    This is a good initiative. I just checkd d hotel.ng i was woooowed!All hotels in naija there. Nice one Jason

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 10:50 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Cos the truth is she's just a shareholder and didn't bring any idea to the table or else she no go gree dey back #husbandinsurancethinz

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 12:06 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    IrokoTV crew ....... very good PR but the reality/inside is a big mess if only they knew.... I am waiting for the final battle when are these would blow up... hehehe

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 12:22 , Blogger Patrick Isong said...

    hi Linda pls hw do i contact SPARK cos i got a biz plan i would luv to submit to dem, tnx.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 12:51 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Linda , i can tell you that this may end up not working in Nigeria. I am a geek in Abuja, my biggest challenge isn't funding but my environment. I do well in an extremely quiet space, any little noise always distracts me. I find it very difficult to go outside due to crowd and noise,i don't go out too often, because of this, people think i am sick or posses but it is just me, i am much happier being alone. So all i need is, please beg Nigerians to respect the environment and accept other people that are not like them. I will be grateful if the government can build a library for tech people and enforce environmental law to night noise. I tried to be productive at night but churches close by use loudspeaker, making it extremely hard to find any moment of quietness in my life. All you need for creativity to thrive is quiet environment

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 15:18 , Anonymous Chigo said...

    This is cool. I love mary remy. This fat man wifed her already lol

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 15:40 , Blogger Kenny Cyphers said...

    WOW, NICE CONCEPT, I THINK THEY SHOULD HAVE a naijatech.ng.com domain name for people like us that are into computer technology.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 16:00 , Anonymous naija latest said...

    bloggers and netpreneurs have you all positioned yourselves to benefit from this? good one

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 17:19 , Blogger Stephen Ogboko said...

    Great job Jason. I can't wait to join your team.-Stephen

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 17:46 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    @anonymous 'Gremlin' u can get the tees @ www.giddimint.com I jus checked them out. Cool stuffs and also for ladies too.

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 17:51 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Cool t-shirts on giddimint.com !!!!!! Nice one guys!!!

     
  • At 30 May 2013 at 22:46 , Anonymous Greg said...

    You can get the t-shirt Jason is wearing from www.giddimint.com

     
  • At 31 May 2013 at 07:50 , Blogger Ruth Fagbe said...

    Re u better dan her??

     
  • At 31 May 2013 at 13:32 , Anonymous Ubah Chetachukwu said...

    good project

     
  • At 14 June 2013 at 12:04 , Blogger choco8hrt said...

    Pls how do i get in contact to SPARK

     
  • At 30 July 2013 at 10:17 , Anonymous Vernon said...

    This is cool!

     
  • At 12 April 2015 at 18:41 , Anonymous Nigeria bus operators said...

    Most driver and passengers talk about this topic and i appreciate your sharing. I have got much clear idea

    concerning from this piece of writing. List of Book Bus Tickets from lagos.. Really looking forward to read more. Awesome.

     
  • At 2 May 2016 at 16:49 , Blogger Odama Victor said...

    www.exclusives.com.ng

    Spark It Up!!!

     

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