Every1Mobile (E1M), which specialises in building mass audiences via mobile in sub-Saharan Africa, has raised R18 million in angel investment. The company uses the power of mobile-enabled social networks to transform how organisations engage with young people aged 15-35 in sub-Saharan Africa and other emerging markets. E1M’s ultimate aim is to help young people in emerging markets enter the formal economy. The company runs nine mobile sites covering education, health, jobs and E=entertainment.
“Mobile social networks in Africa allow us to engage with a vast, previously inaccessible audience of young people,” said Algy Williams, CEO of Every1Mobile. “The mobile phone has the potential to revolutionise access in emerging markets to information services across learning, health, agriculture, financial literacy, business support and sustainable livelihoods.”
By building large mobile-based communities of highly motivated and educated young people who are fast tracking into the formal economy, E1M is becoming the gate-keeper to an audience that is in high demand from third parties such as corporations, governments, foundations and NGOs.
“In a global aid and development market worth $140 billion per annum, mobile provides a new and unique channel for rapid, accurate and measurable delivery of aid and development related products and services direct to the individual,” says Williams. “Fast moving and entrepreneurial companies are well placed to deliver measurable social impact at unprecedented scale.”
The company’s revenues are earned from advertising, sponsorship, market research, and development and social impact services.