“MOBILITY ACCELERATOR TO SOLVE KENYA’S MOBILITY CHALLENGES”

TUMI Startup Accelerator just held a pre- launch and orientation of six startups admitted into the mobility accelerator. The accelerator is set to solve Kenya’s mobility challenges. The new accelerator space is set to be officially launched on 24th January 2019 together with the CISCO incubation space.

 Speaking during the orientation, Dr. Tonny Omwansa, the Director of C4D Lab, said that the accelerator could be the solution to Kenya’s mobility challenges. C4D Lab is an incubation hub at the University of Nairobi in Kenya. It will house the accelerator in its space. The first cohort of startups admitted into the accelerator ranges from mobility services provision companies to web and mobile application based solutions.

Think about this, millions of workers in Nairobi get stranded every morning going to work because of long queues and high cost of bus fare. In most cases there is always a minimum of ten people heading in the same direction. Ubabi Vanpooling society a startup admitted into the accelerator offers a vanpooling solution where people who go to work in locations close to each other and those who leave work at relatively the same time can vanpool to and from work.

Autotruck E.A Limited is a green technology company that fabricates and locally assembles electric powered three-wheeler light duty cabs and handcarts. It is set to reduce harmful emissions into the environment while offering taxi services and light transportation in African cities.

Inclusivity in mobility is one of the solutions the accelerator aims at solving. The admission of An Nisa Taxi, a cab company will see women get taxi services from women. The company offers safe and convenient services to women. It seeks to empower women with its drivers being women. This comes in the wake of reported assault cases against women by male taxi drivers.

Just recently, Kenyans witnessed chaos in Nairobi after ‘matatus’ were banned entry into the central business district. Well, this was meant to reduce congestion within the city which is a good thing. The bad side was there were no alternatives for mass transit of people from the bus terminuses into and out of town. This saw millions of people walk long distances to their destinations while the disabled, children and pregnant women were left stranded. Sure corporation through its flagship service, Safiri Express will see such problems solved. Safiri Express offers safe, efficient, affordable and a reliable mass transit platform assuring security of movement for human capital at the working class & BOP level.

Obaigo Delivery Network is an app and web based personal delivery solution. It gives users and commuters a new way to make money by making deliveries on trips they’re already taking around the city or upcountry. With the use of booths across the regions in the local towns, users who do not have smart phones are able to list their deliveries for available drivers on the way. Imagine you could have anything delivered to you including your pet!

Through the partnership of C4D Lab, GIZ and UNHABITAT, the startups will undergo an acceleration journey at C4D Lab for five months beginning January 2019. They will receive coaching and mentorship from legal, mobility, marketing, risk assessment and evaluation experts. They are also set to get links with potential partners and investors including partners of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative. The startups will pitch and exhibit during the 5th edition of the Nairobi Innovation Week in June 2019 where they will get a chance to be discovered by sponsors and investors.

STARTUPS TO JOIN TUMI ACCELERATOR UNVEILED

Six startups set to join the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) Startup Accelerator in Nairobi, Kenya unveiled.

Six startups have been selected to join TUMI Startup Accelerator, a mobility startup accelerator in Nairobi Kenya. The admitted startups will be incubated at C4D Lab,the University of Nairobi incubation hub for five months between January 2019 and June 2019. They will get in kind support of equivalent value of up to $ 20,000.

The startups vary from mobile and web based solutions to service delivery companies which offer solutions to mobility challenges in African cities. Here are the startups admitted into the accelerator.

AN NISA TAXI

An nisa is a ride hailing company that offers taxi and cab services to women. It offers convenient, safe, and inexpensive taxi services designed to empower women.

AUTOTRUCK E.A LIMITED

Auto-Truck E.A Limited is a green technology company that fabricates and locally assembles electric powered three-wheeler light duty Cabs (Elo-Cabs) and handcarts (Elo-Carts) that are sold at relatively fairer prices as compared to the conventional three-wheeler and handcarts for use in taxi services and light transportation especially in small scale farming and in major Cities and towns.

MY RIDE AFRICA

MyRide Africa is a dynamic Tech Startup geared towards transforming public transport in Africa using mobile technology. MyRide Africa connects commuters, PSV crew(Drivers and Conductors), Owners and Saccos via a mobile application

SURE CORPORATION

Sure Corporation is a transport service provide through its flagship “Safiri Express” services which offers safe, efficient, affordable & reliable mass transit platform assuring security of movement for human capital at the working class & BOP level.

UBABI VANPOOLING SOCIETY

Ubabi Vanpooling Society is a social enterprise startup formed in response to the current transit challenges in Nairobi, Kenya. It is a membership based service whose focus is to provide safe, comfortable, convenient, affordable, and environment – friendly urban transportation.

OBAIGO DELIVERY NETWORK

Obaigo Delivery Network is an app and web based personal delivery solution. It gives users and commuters a new way to make money by making deliveries on trips they’re already taking around the city or upcountry. With the use of booths across the regions in the local towns, users who do not have smart phones are able to list their deliveries for available drivers on the way.

The startups will receive coaching and technical support in form of mobility, legal, financial and marketing services from both local and international experts throughout the incubation period. They will also pitch and exhibit during the 5th Nairobi Innovation Week in June 2019.

The six startups will be linked to partners and investors including GIZ and UN-HABITAT who are part of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) among other world leading organisations working to solve mobility challenges in cities across the world.

The TUMI Startup Accelerator was looking for startups that offer transformative urban mobility solutions to African cities’ mobility challenges. This is by offering more travel options, reducing the travel time, cost and risk, and providing comfort for users as well as offering inclusive options that put into consideration the needs of women, children and people with disability among other special needs groups. Startups eyeing to reduce harmful emissions and those promoting efficient energy use were also considered.

TUMI Startup Accelerator is a mobility startup accelerator housed at C4D Lab, University of Nairobi Chiromo campus. It provides technical support to startups that work towards provision of transformative solutions to urban mobility challenges. It is supported by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) which is a consortium of World leading organisations that work on sustainable transport.