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Nigeria’s TalentQL launches tech career kickstarter initiative. 2 other things and a trivia

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This line-up of stories will help you discover the latest happenings around the tech world, today.

1. Nigeria’s TalentQL launches tech career kickstarter initiative

TalentQL, Nigerian career development startup, has launch a new initiative, AltSchool Africa, a programme where youngsters can earn a top-rated diploma in software engineering within a year.

TalentQL was founded last year by Adewale Yusuf, Opeyemi Awoyemi and Akintunde Sultan, as a venture hiring, developing and managing remote talent for global companies.

According to sources familiar with the startup, it is building a pipeline of quality talent for African companies as well as source and manage top local talent for leading international firms.

TalentQL is into building talent campuses in less-crowded African cities with proximity to top tertiary institutions.

Tech Trivia: What is the most common type of compressed file format?
A RAR
B ZIP
C SIT
D ARC
Answer: See end of post

2. Nigerian fintech, E-Settlement, acquires Ivory Coast’s QuickCash

E-Settlement, a Nigerian fintech startup, has announced acquiring Ivory Coast-based QuickCash to help it expand across a host of other West African countries.

The startup was founded by Olaoluwa Awojoodu in 2017 to provide financial services to different target markets through its platforms.

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Industry sources describe the startup as innovative for deploying technology that is easy-to-use, affordable, secure and inclusive for Africans.

Since its inception, the startup has established modern payment solutions in Nigeria, including CashEnvoy, the mobile point of sale (MPOS) solution PayPad, and agent banking platform PayCentre.

Acquiring QuickCash, an Ivorian electronic payment and money transfer company, the startup looks to further promote financial inclusion of rural populations and those operating in the informal sectors of Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Niger, Togo and more.

3. Chipper Cash raises $150 million at over $2 billion valuation

Nigerian borderless payments company, Chipper Cash, has raised a Series C extension round of over $150 million.

The round, which was led by Sam Bankman-Fried’s cryptocurrency exchange platform, FTX, will help it continue offering value in the mobile payments market.

According to Chipper Cash, the round also saw the participation of SVB Capital, Deciens Capital, Ribbit Capital, Bezos Expeditions, One Way Ventures, and Tribe Capital.

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Chipper Cash was founded by Ham Serunjogi and Maijid Moujaled in 2018 to enable a seamless borderless platform to send and receive money.

Today, the startup’s services are patronized across the United Kingdom and eight African countries–Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa, and Kenya.

Tech Trivia Answer: Zip

Zip is a common type of file compression. “Zipping” one or more files creates a compressed archive that takes up less disk space than the uncompressed version. It is useful for backing up files and reducing the size of data transferred over the Internet.

An archive compressed with standard Zip compression has a .ZIP file extension — for example, Archive.zip. To open the file or files in a Zip archive, you must first “unzip” or decompress the archive. Both Windows and macOS include a built-in file decompression utility that can unzip Zip files. Alternatively, you can use a third-party file archiving application, such as WinZip or 7-Zip, to decompress a Zip file.

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