Africa is predominantly a patriarchal society with the expectation that women should be typecast into specific gender roles. Women should be home makers with ‘interests’ in business, fashion, and any other industry seen to need a woman’s touch or should fit with more ‘socially acceptable’ roles. In today’s world however this trend is changing, with more inclusion for women. This is definitely true within the startup technology space in Nigeria. Our Co-founder and VP of Product – Toyin Oshinowo in addition to two other women, Odunayo Eweniyi Co-founder and COO of PiggyBank NG and Adia Sowho, MD and VP, Commercial of Mines Nigeria were interviewed by Ugo Aliogo from ThisDay Newspaper to share their perspectives and their experience within the industry. They represent a small handful of individuals who are making their mark within the Nigerian technology startup ecosystem. Click here to read the interview.
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The Chief Digital Officer of LafargeHolcim, Philipp Leutiger and his team, dropped in for a visit today with Delivery Science at our Yaba Office, Lagos, as a part of the Lafarge Digital Innovation Journey, a 3-day event which took place from the 14th – 16th August 2018.
We’re honoured and excited to be one of two tech startups that Philip Leutiger and his team chose to visit during the course of this event. We got a chance to speak about Fieldisnight and how it is uniquely positioned to change the data collection culture in Nigeria and across Africa as a whole.
Here are some pictures from today’s visit.
Lanre Oyedotun giving a talk on Fieldinsight
The Chief Digital Officer of LafargeHolcim, Philipp Leutiger and his team.
Lanre Oyedotun and Toyin Oshinowo answering questions after the talk
Spot the DS Ninjas here
The LafargeHolcim Team leaving after the visit
Delivery Science Ltd today announces Chuka Ofili’s departure as the Company’s Chief Enterprise Architect effective July 1, 2018.
Since 2014, Chuka has played an important role in the development and success of the organisation, and we cannot thank Chuka enough for the dedication and passion he has given to Delivery Science. Chuka expressed his desire to leave Delivery Science to allow him focus on personal endeavours. He and the rest of the engineering team have gone through a successful hand-over phase. We are confident and excited about this next chapter at Delivery Science as we continue to transform the way Africa collects and processes data from the field.
We wish Chuka all the best in future endeavours.
On the 13th of December 2017, Delivery Science graduated from the Google Launchpad Accelerator program (Class 4) in at the Google Campus Warsaw Poland. Above Toyin Oshinowo accepting the certificate on behalf of Delivery Science.
The Google Launchpad Accelerator is a 6 month program that takes growth stage startups and matches them with the best of Google by way of mentorship, technology, and expertise. Delivery Science is particularly proud of this achievement as this was the first class that included startups from Africa.
“I think one of the things that Launchpad did is make us realise we have a strong product. It gave us the confidence to say ‘okay we have this product and we know what it’s worth’ so in negotiations we’re (at) a better standpoint and it also gave us the confidence to go out and look for new clients,” said Oshinowo, who founded the startup in 2014 with Chuka Ofili and Lanre Oyedotun.
Delivery Science would like to express its gratitude for being selected to participate in this program as we feel that the benefits to the company have been tremendous and will be a considerable contribution to our success as a company.
“Google Launchpad is intensive in a good way because it is a huge fire hole of information, knowledge, frameworks, and playbooks. We have made significant network and friendship. We have seen that what we are solving in Africa is also valid for Latin America, Central and Eastern Europe. It is also valid for Asia. We have met people who are going to help us into those markets in the next couple of months that we would have not met in a million years and it is invaluable.”
The above were the words of the Chief Executive Officer of Delivery Science, Lanre Oyedotun, at the Google developers Launchpad Accelerator Programme, at the Google headquarters in San Francisco, United States. He co-founded the technology startup company with Chuka Ofili and Dr. Toyin Oshinowo, the Chief Enterprise Architect and Vice-President, Product respectively, after experiencing challenges of non-accountability in his petroleum business. The business was meant to bring him passive income. But it failed to live up to this core mandate. Oyedotun’s truck drivers didn’t give accurate reports after making product supplies. On his part, he couldn’t track their locations, activities, or monitor what happened to the trucks from the point of loading to the delivery. The money he invested went down the drain and the business crashed.
Ugo Aliogo writes on Delivery Science, a technology startup poised to assist large organisations get data from the field to manage and monitor their distribution assets better.
Delivery Science was selected by the world’s number one tech company Google as one of a very few select group of startups in Africa to be a part of the Google Launchpad Accelerator Program Class IV.
Google Launchpad Accelerator Program is a global acceleration program that helps startups build and scale great products by matching them with the best of Google – its people, network, and advanced technologies.