Nigeria’s Truppr set for Nairobi, Harare launches in August

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Nigerian startup Truppr, which provides a platform allowing fitness enthusiasts to connect with events and people around them, is set to launch in Nairobi and Harare in August, its first expansion outside of Nigeria.

Launched in August of last year by Co-Creation Hub (CcHub) co-founder Bosum Tijani, Truppr provides a one-stop-shop for finding and booking sports venues, organising events, and finding teammates and fitness partners.

Initially self-funded, the startup in May announced it had secured a GBP30,000 (US$46,000) interest-free loan from Indigo Trust, which is being used to expand outside of Nigeria.

Nairobi and Harare are Truppr’s chosen first two destinations, with a launch in Nairobi likely to take place in August, communications manager Oge Odilibe told Disrupt Africa.

“The diversity and maturity of the Kenyans community when it comes to fitness. That’s why the expansion to Nairobi is happening,” she said.

Truppr has over 10,500 members and has hosted almost 1,000 events in multiple locations since its launch.

The startup earns revenues from bespoke wellness programmes, corporate event management, and merchandise, and will soon move into taking commissions on venue bookings, premium event listings and affiliate schemes.

It earned US$40,000 in revenues in the second half of 2014 and is in excess of US$80,000 for this year already. Truppr is targeting revenues of US$250,000 with its expansion into more African countries.

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