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Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by Alfaab: 12:26pm On Sep 12, 2016
Two entrepreneurs are set to unveil Nigeria’s first online lender in New York on Thursday.
Marketed as a digital bank that will have no branches, Lidya will be based in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital, and offer small and medium-sized businesses unsecured loans of between $500 and $15,000. While it will initially focus on Nigerian customers, Lidya will target cities across Africa, according to Tunde Kehinde, a co-founder.
“There are no real products catered to these customers today,” Kehinde said by phone from New York, where he’ll announce the formation of Lidya at a financial technology conference. “What we’re trying to do is introduce a lot of technology, algorithms and machine learning to industrialize the credit assessment process.”
Kehinde, a Harvard Business School graduate, is a former managing director of Jumia, Nigeria’s biggest online retailer. He currently runs Africa Courier Express, a logistics company, along with Ercin Eksin, the other founder of Lidya.
While Kehinde and Eksin are the majority owners, they will look to bring in other shareholders and raise more than $1 million in the next few months from investors, primarily in the U.S., Eksin said.
Lidya will be opened next month and also partner with Nigerian banks to allow them to use it as a platform to target small businesses.
“Because of how the banks are set up, with bricks and mortar networks, they’re more inclined to service multinationals and large government institutions,” Kehinde said. “Their cost structure isn’t favorable to servicing small businesses. Because we’re using technology and algorithms to assess the risk, it allows them to offer financial products to these customers at a low cost.”



.http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-09-08/harvard-graduate-set-to-start-nigeria-s-first-online-only-lender
Re: Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by Putinofrussia: 12:30pm On Sep 12, 2016
Superb!
Re: Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by Ofemannnu: 12:55pm On Sep 12, 2016
Good.
Re: Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by Bubewilson(m): 12:58pm On Sep 12, 2016
Nice... Idea rules the world.

Guess this is just like a virtual bank where deposit digits are assigned to customers with the main money being domiciled in another bank......
Re: Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by Tocheagle(m): 1:33pm On Sep 12, 2016
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Re: Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by abbeyman1798: 1:38pm On Sep 12, 2016
This will be great
Re: Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by Ritchiee: 2:04pm On Sep 12, 2016
This is really a welcome develpoment....online only.
Re: Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by kingofthejungle(m): 4:09pm On Sep 12, 2016
buhari is a bastard

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Re: Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by Alfaab: 4:12pm On Sep 12, 2016
kingofthejungle:
buhari is a bastard

Truly but why?
Re: Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by Ademat7(m): 4:29pm On Sep 12, 2016
why can't they raise fund in Nigeria? sincerely Nigeria have been missing out in business investment how do I mean? Profit flows to US while we r the source of d revenue
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Re: Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by tectonotimes: 3:58pm On Sep 14, 2016
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Re: Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by Jethrolite(m): 5:24pm On Sep 14, 2016
Ademat7:
why can't they raise fund in Nigeria? sincerely Nigeria have been missing out in business investment how do I mean? Profit flows to US while we r the source of d revenue
There are no funders in Nigeria and the concept is new and unproven. Nigerian VCs do not put their money in what they do not understand and they want to invest today and start eating profit tomorrow.
Re: Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by Jethrolite(m): 5:25pm On Sep 14, 2016
I really want to see how this turns out.
Re: Harvard Graduate Set To Start Nigeria’s First Online-only Bank. by obiaguna(m): 6:12am On Sep 15, 2016
Jethrolite:
I really want to see how this turns out.

Me too.

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