On August 27,2021, ear1, the African social media platform, announced the raise of a $520,000 pre-seed round in an exclusive with benjamindada.com.
The start up was founded in 2020 by Atsu Davoh and Bitsika CEO and Co-founder. ear1 aims to connect individuals to influencers and professionals.
The round was led by Danny Oyekan of Dan Ventures, Alkesh Thavrani of Stellar International and Prosper Otemuyiwa (CTO of EdenLife).
Although the company has announced its raise, the product is still in beta mode. A recent tweet from Atsu revealed that the ear1 app has been submitted for review by both Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.
Ear1 is looking to solve the access problem of users trying to connect with influencers and professionals by allowing anyone to sign up and create a paywall that allows people to talk to them for a fee.
Tons of messages on social media platforms are recieved by professionals and influencers, most of which they can’t respond to. This is the aim of the start-up to want to make this process faster and possible.
Speaking on the recent raise, Atsu Davoh, founder and CEO of Ear1 said, “We’re thrilled with the recently concluded raise as it allows us to build faster and better. Ear1 is a product with endless possibilities.
Our goal is to align incentives around network connections. People with serious messages for top professionals and celebrities can now get their messages across faster by paying to talk to them.”
Following the raise, ear1 is looking to build and engage the influencer community, promote it’s app as well as partner with other creators.