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Smart Mobility Solutions for Africa by Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa– Early August 2019, the Bosch Africa Mobility Solutions team launched a competition to find Africa’s best smart mobility start-ups who are looking to solve Africa’s mobility problem. With 222 entries received from 27 countries in Africa within a space of one month, the judging panel had a tough job to find the top ideas. The winners stand a chance to win a share of a cash prize of 30,000 US dollars and the opportunity to collaborate with Bosch.
Yves Nono, vice president – Bosch Mobility Solutions, sales region Africacommented, “Africa currently faces significant issues around the topic of mobility; with a growing population, these issues will only be exacerbated. Now is the time, we need to find smart mobility solutions for the future Africa.”
“Solving the challenges in Africa is a key focus for Bosch where Mobility is a cornerstone of Africa’s economic growth factors. This initiative further supports local talent with innovative ideas in solving today’s problems for tomorrow.” Said Markus Thill, president Bosch region Africa.
The judging panel selected the top 11 start-ups from seven countries in Africa. Today (5 November, 2019), the top 11 face-off with the judging panel in the last round, where we are proud to announce the winners, Hello Tractor founded by Jehiel Oliver fromNigeria and BuuPass founded by WyclifeOmandifrom Kenya, each winning $15,000 USD and a three month accelerator program from Bosch.
Hello Tractor is a digital platform and a farm equipment sharing application that connects tractor owners and smallholding farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
BuuPass works with transport operators to provide digital solutions that seamlessly facilitate convenient and reliable movement of commuters.