Nigerian home services startup Eden Life bags $1.4 mn in seed round

 Nigerian home services startup Eden Life bags $1.4 mn in seed round

Lagos-based Eden Life, a home services app to schedule food, laundry and cleaning services, has nabbed $1.4 million in a seed funding round led by the UK-based LocalGlobe.

Samurai Incubate, Future Africa, Village Global, Rising Tide Africa and Enza Capital also took part in the round.

The firm had previously raised pre-seed funding of $600,000.

Two-year-old Eden Life was founded by former Andela executives Nadayar Enegesi, Prosper Otemuyiwa and Silm Momoh. It operates via both Android and iOS apps through a subscription service.

Remus Brett, general partner at LocalGlobe, said: “As investors, we are always attracted to first-mover companies that launch products in untapped markets. The combination of this advantage with a core team who has proven experience building African tech to unrivalled levels sets Eden Life on an exciting path of growth.”

Eden Life isn’t the first home services or concierge services startup in Africa to have raised venture capital backing.

In July, Kandua, a Johannesburg-based online marketplace for home services, raised pre-Series A funding from a group of investors including Knife Capital and Allan Gray E-Squared Ventures. In the past it had raised seed funding from investors including AFD, IDF Capital and Catalyst Fund, and strategic players such as Leroy Merlin, an offline home improvement products retailer.

Kandua operates a marketplace connecting users with home service providers such as plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters and others with a fixed price. Its platform has handled orders worth over ZAR300 million ($20 million) to date.

Vivek Sinha

The Capital Quest