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VENTURES AFRICA – Leading Pan-African payment card brand Verve International, has partnered with Microsoft and Nokia to organize a software development contest themed “Build with Verve: Lumia Edition”, which will allow developers build a Verve payment plugin on for mobile apps.
The payment service provider said that the winner of the competition will “walk away with interesting prizes and an advertising push” provided by Nokia, Microsoft and itself. The winning software would also be deployed on the Nokia OVI store.
This partnership is aligned with Verve’s drive towards effective stakeholder collaboration within the technology sector and supporting indigenous IT skills. Verve would be largely responsible for providing the in–app payment service which will enable entrepreneurs and businesses to better monetise their products and solutions and securely receive payments within the app from the over 20 million Verve Cards and Verve payment tokens in Nigeria.
Chief Executive Officer, Verve International, Mr Charles Ifedi, while commenting on the development, said: “Verve is thrilled to be forming partnerships with stakeholders in technology, including Microsoft and Nokia, towards growing Nigeria’s application development community. The growth in Mobile App development by indigenous entrepreneurs can no longer be under emphasized. As a company with proudly-Nigerian roots, we are delighted at the opportunity to create avenues for these products to be monetised by providing a highly secure integrated payment solution.”