VConnect, the largest Local Search Engine in Nigeria, is helping Indian business houses that seek authentic information regarding potential clients in Africa.
Company is headquartered in Nigeria and has recently started building its technical operations in India. It is targeting investors, the tech community in India and abroad, and IT professionals in India for hiring.
The Portal aims to be the largest online marketplace in Africa, it is a local search engine that helps in promoting local businesses in Nigeria, by helping them in the advertisement and sales of their products. The company has also enhanced the customer-client relationship to ensure that buyers can easily get access to reliable information about businesses, have conversations and purchase their needs online.
We spoke to Deepankar Rustagi, Founder and General Manager – Vconnect, to understand better about them and their business.
While he shied away from the question of being an Alibaba like portal for Africa they asserted what they do, i.e. VConnect is one of the largest local ecommerce players in Nigeria; helping in the discovery to transaction between buyers and sellers.
The site already has over a million small and medium businesses on board, in lines with their aim of building a strong base in Nigeria, which is the largest economy in Africa, and then rolling out to the rest of Africa.
They believe they can help manufacturers from India by helping them set up their distribution model in the Nigerian market as there are various segments which have evolved in India and are in the growth stage in Nigeria.
The India connect is deeper, with the fact that most of the development of the platform is done here in India. The company has a development center in Gurgaon, with a staff strength of 50. They do mention both the head quarter in Lagos, with a staff strength of 120 and development have a mix of both Indians and Nigerians. Vconnect is truely a globalized company with young team (Average age of 28) that is innovating to face local challenges and questioning status quo.
We wish them good luck.