Press Release - 16th, Wednesday, December 2015.
Hong Kong founded, early stage venture capital firm and global innovation accelerator, Nest, has announced today that it has invested in Kenya’s Ongair – a web-based dashboard that enables businesses to engage with their customers on instant messaging platforms like WhatsApp, Messenger, Telegram and WeChat.
Since its inception 12 months ago, Ongair has been actively used by a growing list of over 700 businesses around the world, including media, e-commerce platforms, universities, financial institutions and nonprofit organizations.
Ongair’s enterprise customers include TecnoBuy - Costa Rica, Zeker.ME - Denmark, Petsy - Mexico, CoreFone - Uruguay, Navitas global, AMREF Health Africa, Cheki Africa, Chase Bank- Kenya, EliteBet Kenya, JamboPay - Kenya, OLX- Kenya & Nigeria, and Heineken, among other clients in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
Ongair is the only IM aggregator worldwide offering Whatsapp, Messenger, WeChat and Telegram integration, with plans to add more instant messaging platforms.
Ongair’s product features include: Multiple agent support, Reports and Analytics, a RestFul API, Integration into popular CRM platforms like Zendesk among others, Ongair is also the leading IM to Zendesk platform in the world.
"With presences in Asia, Europe, Africa and the US, Nest is an ideal partner as we continue to scale our business globally,"said Trevor Kimenye, CEO of Ongair. "We're excited to have a partner on board that provides us not only capital, but also vast strategic experience and network across these markets.**
Our goal is to help businesses serve customers and we’ll use the additional resources to support growth, expand strategically into Asian markets and deliver great product to delight our customers around the world”.
“We are very excited about the growth Ongair is experiencing and believe that with this additional capital, network
and strategic input, the company can grow even more rapidly and scale into Asia with Nest’s support to set up in
Hong Kong and enter China” said Aaron Fu, Managing Partner, Nest, Africa.
“A key reason we are in Nairobi is to be able to take innovation born in Africa, just like Ongair, to the rest of the world, there are lots of innovative startups in Africa with products that have the potential to reach very similar target demographics outside of the continent. We hope to inspire more young African entrepreneurs to design global products and export their innovation to the rest of the world. “
Further financial terms of this deal have not been disclosed.
Entrepreneurs Empowering Entrepreneurs
Founded in 2010, Nest is Hong Kong’s only private, full service startup ecosystem. Through the pillars of marketing, strategy, funding and network, Nest supports startups on their path to success, enabling them to scale rapidly. In addition to providing capital, Nest prepares startups for growth further fundraising, as well as new market expansion
With an eye for the truly disruptive, Nest is actively involved in all of its companies and drives them to reach their full potential. To date, Nest has invested in 53 start-ups and assisted more than 200 companies through accelerator programmes. Nest is aggressively expanding its global reach and now has presence in London, Nairobi, Paris, New York, Singapore and San Francisco. For all the companies Nest has invested in, go to www.angel.co/nest-
Ongair is a web based dashboard that lets businesses use Instant Messaging platforms such as WeChat, Messenger, Telegram, WhatsApp and Line for Customer Service. Ongair also integrates with popular platforms such as Zendesk, Freshdesk and Salesforce allowing businesses to use these channels for sales and customer retention.
Ongair currently operates in 45 countries with a focus in Africa, South America and South East Asia. Some of the countries include Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil, Argentina, India, Indonesia and Singapore. For more information visit ongair.im or follow @ongair_
The Ongair Team
About Founders of Ongair
Trevor Kimenye (CEO & Co-Founder): -Trevor is a serial entrepreneur with 10 years experience as a software engineer and leading teams. Before Ongair he founded Sprout a digital lab that built useful things from the Internet.
Charles Gichuki (COO & Co-founder): - Charles has over 12 years experience as creative director in East Africa’s
leading Digital and Advertising agencies. Before Ongair he was Creative Director at Squad Digital and founded Sprout with Trevor. He is on a quest to create value at the intersection of Design, Technology, Culture & Business.
READ A MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDERS HERE .
For enquiries pertaining to Nest, please contact: Zoe, Global Communications Director at Nest Zoe@nest.vc
For enquiries pertaining to Nest (Africa), please contact Muthuri Kinyamu at Muthuri@nest.vc and through +254 724
For enquiries pertaining to Ongair, please contact Trevor Kimenye at firstname.lastname@example.org
Twitter: Hong Kong – @NestIdeas, Nairobi @NestNairobi and Paris @NestVCFrance