Card issuer for Africa

Bridgecard is the card issuer for Africa. We make it easy for any fintech company to offer their customers a card that will carry a Mastercard or Visa logo and will work anywhere in the world. Previously Tunde was building open banking APIs connecting Large banks in Nigeria to fintech companies. He also had to turn down a job at Google to build Bridgecard. Festus the CTO built the loan and retail management app at Trade depot (Salesforce for Africa). We've been working together and sharing the same room for over 10 years now.

Team Size:5
Location:Lagos, Nigeria
Group Partner:Michael Seibel

Active Founders

Tunde Adewole

Previously I built open banking APIs connecting large banks to fintech in Nigeria. I turned down a job at google to build Bridgecard.

Tunde Adewole
Tunde Adewole

Festus Owumi

Festus is a Senior Software Engineer with experiences ranging from Mobile, Machine Learning and Backend Development. He has 5 years experience with companies offering financial services in Africa including TradeDepot, Kippa e.t.c.

Festus Owumi
Festus Owumi

Company Launches

Hello 👋, we are Tunde and Festus, the founders of Bridgecard.

The problem 😓:

Data has become affordable in most parts of Africa, for example, the price of mobile data has dropped by over 75% in Nigeria over the past 5 years.

Local people have started consuming global services like Netflix, AWS, AliExpress, Udemy, etc. but don’t have a card to pay for these services. Local banks in Africa haven’t been able to support international transactions on the local currency cards.

I traveled to the US for the first time 2 months ago and almost got stranded at the airport because I found out that Uber in SanFrancisco does not accept cash and my local bank card didn’t work. I was able to hack together a card, add it to the app, and Uber down to my location.

Our Solution 💳:

Bridgecard makes it easy for any fintech company to issue their customers a card that will carry a MasterCard or Visa logo and work anywhere in the world.

We provide easy-to-integrate APIs to issue virtual and physical cards and we can get you started in 5 days or less.

My co-founder and I got into YC to build something different but our previous card issuer stopped supporting over 20 other companies and us in Nigeria alone so we couldn’t keep our product in the market.

We woke up one morning and decided to be the card issuer ourselves.

Ask 🤝:

If you’re building a fintech product and you need to issue cards in Africa, check out Bridgecard or send me a mail at tunde@bridgecard.co.

We’ll be glad to work with you.