The Malawian Boy Who Brought Electricity To His Village Was Once Called ‘CRAZY’ – Here’s His Soul-Stirring Story

Nzekwe Henry November 26

Sixteen years ago, Malawi was hit by one of the worst droughts that the East African nation has ever seen. Thousands are said to have lost their lives as a result of the situation as many families were surviving on a single meal daily as a result of the famine caused by the drought. And in the aftermath of the ordeal, various parts of the country were plunged into socio-economic chaos.

Like many others in Rwanda, the family of young William Kamkwamba also found themselves fighting to get out of the mire that was created in the wake of the drought. William hails from Masitala, and his hometown is known for its trademark red soil which is generally fertile.

The locals in the area are predominantly farmers and William’s father was no exception. But with the unforgiving drought that had hit the village, the livelihood of thousands was now under threat. The red soil in his Masitala hometown had become parched, and it could no longer grow any crop, putting paid to his father’s chances of making any income or even providing food for the family at the very least. Such was the direness of the situation.

But young William didn’t let the severity of the ordeal put him down too; he kept his head up. When virtually everyone else around him was losing sleep over how to get by every day, he had other plans. While the village may have been wallowing in poverty, hardship, and the lack of essential amenities, William set out to make one thing right as his way of contributing to the improvement of the situation in his village. And even though it seemed a long shot at first, it did come good in the end.

William Kamkwamba embarked on a mission to power his village with the only resource that was readily available. There was a food shortage in Masitala, clean and potable drinking water was hard to find, and the bulk of the local population was living under a dollar a day. But despite all the shortages, Masitala still had one thing in abundance: wind. And William decided to harness this source of energy for the benefit of the community.

Many remote villages in Malawi lack access to electricity. William Kamkwamba opted to make a difference by generating electricity from wind. William got off to a start by experimenting with locally-sourced materials in his village to build a windmill — a home-grown solution to a nagging energy need in Malawi. But this was never going to come easy.

William had been kicked out of school because he owed school fee arrears amounting to USD 80. As a result of this, he resorted to self-learning, and his self-tutorials involved regular visits to the local library. An avid reader, William could be seen making frequent trips to the library where he busied himself with books on different subjects. It wasn’t long before he discovered his penchant for electronics.

Before then, he had once set up a small business repairing broken radios for people in his village, but his work with the radios had not earned him much money. On one of his many visits to the village library, he stumbled upon a book titled Using Energy which contained photographs of windmills in it. And that could be thought of as his light bulb moment. 

He decided to create a makeshift wind turbine. He experimented with a small model using a cheap dynamo and eventually made a functioning wind turbine that powered some electrical appliances in his home. It was astonishing and unbelievable for the villagers at the time and it didn’t take long before William became the subject of interest for both local and international media outlets.

“I wanted to do something to help and change things,” he said. “Then I said to myself, ‘If they can make electricity out of the wind, I can try, too,” he told CNN in an interview.

“I thought, this thing exists in this book, it means someone else managed to build this machine,” he said.

William Kamkwamba was only 14 years old when he got started on building a windmill and all he had by way of instruction or guidance at the time was the book he happened to have come upon in the library on that fateful day.

 

William Kamkwamba, source: williamkamkwamba.com

To bring his vision to fruition, William needed materials, and he took to raiding junkyards for such items as bicycle parts, plastic pipes, tractor fans, and car batteries. Blue-gum trees were his choice for the tower.

He continued scavenging for these materials for a while, and it wasn’t long before the jeers came. The young lad was moving from dumpsite to junkyard foraging through ruins in the name of building a windmill, and people thought him crazy. But William remained undeterred as the teases appear to have only reinforced his resolve.

Fast-forward a few years down the line, and the curious boy from Masitala now has five functional windmills standing in different locations within his community, with the tallest of them all at 37 feet. One of his windmills currently powers an area school where he once taught classes on windmill-building.

In his hometown which is located north of the Malawi capital, Lilongwe, William’s windmills generate electricity and pump water for community use. Individuals from within and outside the community are known to also trudge along the dusty footpaths to William’s house to charge their cell phones and rechargeable lanterns. For leisure, people also drop by to gyrate to Malawian reggae music playing on a radio powered by one of the youngster’s windmills. And this feat is made all the more interesting by the fact some of the people who labelled him a nutcase when he first started on the project are now also benefiting from the result of his efforts.

“Crazy” was a word synonymous with the young Malawian when he first started on the project back in 2002 as the very thought of it was ridiculous to the locals. Some even went as far as stating that he may have been bewitched, which is not exactly an uncommon description attributed to individuals who think and act differently in some African cultures.

“All of us, even my mother, thought that he had gone mad,” said his sister, Doris Kamkwamba.

William was the subject of ridicule and scorn from the villagers during that time, but he kept at his dream. He was determined to see the project to completion even as he wasn’t sure it’d be worth it in the end. Utterly oblivious to the fingers and snickers directed at him, he would go about his job. At some point, he was even bolting pieces using a screwdriver fashioned from heated nail attached to corn cob. Such was his ingenuity that he was able to improvise and create stuff from almost anything. Even though he took as much heat from the villagers as he did from the flattened pipes which he used as blades, he remained steadfast in his resolve.

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Just a little over three months later, his first windmill was standing, and before long, it whirred to life. It was a euphoric moment for him when he saw a bulb attached to the windmill flicker on — there couldn’t have been a better way to respond to those who thought of his goal as an elephant project at best initially. In the years that followed, he successfully erected four other functional windmills. And before long, the accolades came calling.

Now aged 31, William Kamkwamba is on a donor-sponsored studentship at the prestigious African Leadership Academy; an elite South African institution for young African leaders. Since coming good on his windmill project, William has become something of a poster child and globetrotter. His work even received recognition from former U.S. Vice President, Al Gore, who himself is an ardent believer in “green living.” Now the toast of many congregations, the boy from Malawi now sits amongst entrepreneurs in various parts of the globe sharing the experience of his electricity venture in a small village, north of Malawi’s capital city,

Interestingly, he got his first close-up-and-personal view of an actual windmill on a trip to Palm Springs, California. Lofty and majestic, it was not in the same league as the wobbly, wooden structures that stand like grotesque sentries in his backyard. But this hardly takes away any gloss from the remarkable feat he pulled from what could be thought of as the most disadvantaged of positions.

The boy who harnessed the wind

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William Kamkwamba’s story was also featured in a 2009 book titled; “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind”. The book was authored by former Associated Press correspondent, Bryan Mealer, who is believed to have lived in the Malawian village for months in the process of writing the book. A blog about his accomplishments was written on Hacktivate and Kamkwamba participated in the first event celebrating his particular type of ingenuity called Maker Faire Africa, in Ghana in August 2009.

William Kamkwamba’s story was covered by The Daily Times in Blantyre, Malawi’s commercial capital, in November 2006. The story went viral soon after its publication as it caused ripples in the blogosphere. About the same period, TED conference director, Emeka Okafor, extended an invitation Kamkwamba to feature as a guest speaker at TEDGlobal 2007 in Arusha, Tanzania. He obliged and his speech is said to have captivated and enthralled the audience. Moved by his words, several venture capitalists at the conference pledged to help finance his secondary education.

His story was also covered by Sarah Childress for The Wall Street Journal. He became a student at African Bible College Christian Academy in Lilongwe. William then went on to receive a scholarship to the African Leadership Academy and in 2014, he graduated from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire.

Amongst his other recognitions and achievements, Kamkwamba was interviewed on The Daily Show in October 2009 where he was comically likened to fictional hero, Angus MacGyver, for his impressive scientific ingenuity. More so, he was the guest speaker at the 2011 Google Science Fair introductory meeting.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was selected as the 2013 “1 Book, 1 Community” title for Loudoun County, Virginia’s Public Library system. 1 Book 1 Community is a countywide reading program that promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Kamkwamba is also the subject of the documentary film; William and the Windmill, which went home with the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival held in Austin, Texas. In 2013, TIME magazine named Kamkwamba one of the “30 People Under 30 Changing The World.” And the list of recognition he has garnered continues.

These days, he can be seen globetrotting and sharing his experiences in brainstorming sessions with entrepreneurs from various parts of the world. In William Kamkwamba’s story, a new breed of Africans who are taking the initiative and not waiting on their governments or aid groups to come to their rescue is epitomized. These days, it’s about making the most of opportunities and technology in finding solutions to the immediate problems of society, and Africa’s newest generation of entrepreneurs might want to take a cue from this.

 

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Egypt’s Nawah Scientific Gets USD 1 Mn Funding Boost From Endure Capital

Nzekwe Henry December 10

Egyptian research startup, Nawah Scientific, has secured an investment worth USD 1 Mn in a pre-Series A round led by Endure Capital, with 500 Startups, Averroes Ventures, Egypt Ventures, and angel investor, Dr. A. Abdelhamid, also joining the funding round. This is the first time the startup is raising external investment.

Nawah Scientific is a Cairo-based startup that appears to be carving a niche for itself in the area of scientific research. The startup which was founded in 2015 by Dr. Omar Sakr; a PhD holder in the field of Pharmaceutical Sciences, boasts a collection of advanced equipment that is suited to the research and development needs of both natural and medical sciences.

Nawah Scientific helps scientists and universities who do not have access to sophisticated equipment and facilities carry out critical research tests that would be otherwise improbable or too much to ask.

The startup goes about this by receiving experiment requests via its online platform. Through a courier, the test samples are moved under prime conditions from the address of the client that made the request to premises of the startup.

A team of competent in-house scientists then take the reins from that point onwards as the required tests are carried out and the test results are relayed to the client via the startup’s online platform. Through this simple but effective mode of operation, Nawah Scientific is able to cater for the needs of researchers as it affords scientists access to top-notch research facilities, whilst fostering scientific research in both Egypt and beyond.

Having been established barely three years prior, Nawah Scientific claims to have offered its services to clients within and outside Egypt. So far, the startup claims to have analyzed as many as 15,000 samples from 32 universities. But the services of the startup do not stop at scientists and academia as it also carries out complicated research projects and simple analysis for chemical and pharmaceutical companies.

Commenting on the development, Dr. Omar Sakr, Founder and CEO of Nawah Scientific, tethered his motivation for establishing the startup to the need to make access to cutting-edge research and high-tech equipment more available.

He also noted that a lot of time that should otherwise be put into meaningful work is spent by scientists shuttling between cities and universities to have their samples tested. And in the process, yielding unreliable research projects that are shallow at best. According to the CEO, this has put a strain on the trust between industry and academia resulting in a poor ‘research-to-product’ conversion rate. He, however, believes that the startup is now better poised to fix these problems.

With the latest development, Nawah Scientific has now become one of the first life sciences startups in the MENA region that has achieved success in raising significant investment. Since its inception, the startup has posted an impressive year-on-year growth and this can be thought to have gone some way towards attracting and closing the investment deal. And this bodes well for other science-based startups in the region as the company appears to have broken the proverbial glass ceiling.

Speaking with regards to the investment, Tarek Fahim, Managing Partner of Endure Capital, opined that biotech startups share a lot in common with software startups before AWS and rapid development tools. He also stressed the importance of infrastructure players who can push boundaries to the growth and sustainability of biotech enterprises, stating that they can help “lower cost for starting and increase the speed of prototyping.”

Egypt Ventures; a VC that was launched recently by Egypt’s Ministry of Investment, is believed to be the biggest investor in this round. Hema Ali, Managing Director of the newly launched VC, expressed the company’s excitement at being part of the startup’s journey as it looks to scale its offerings and expand into new markets.

It was this time last year when Nawah Scientific clinched the grand prize in the pitch competition at the 2017 RiseUp Summit. Having emerged winners of the competition, the startup roped in a USD 50 K cash prize.

Now, barely a year on from that night of blitz, the startup appears to be holding its own quite well, and the latest investment worth USD 1 Mn (which is quite substantial given that the startup is raising external capital for the first time) is a testament that Nawah Scientific is on the right track, as this connotes investor confidence.

Plans related to expanding the startup’s services and growing its marketing activities outside of Egypt are expected to get most of the attention with the latest capital injection.

 

 

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Egyptian Healthtech Startup Vezeeta Raises Investment From IFC

Nzekwe Henry December 10

Egyptian healthtech startup, Vezeeta, has secured an undisclosed amount of investment from World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). This development sees Vezeeta become the first Egyptian technology company to bag a direct investment from the IFC.

Vezeeta is one of the leading healthtech startups in the MENA region and the latest investment from IFC into the Cairo-based company follows a previous announcement which saw the startup close a Series-C round worth USD 12 Mn. That round was led by STV; a Saudi-based investment firm.

Vezeeta was launched in 2012 by Amir Barsoum. The startup makes it possible for patients to search, compare, book, and consult with doctors in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Lebanon. Vezeeta also assists medical personnel with practice management solutions that help in better management of medical appointments and patient data.

Up to 2 million appointments are believed to be facilitated by the platform on a yearly basis, and that’s according to the startup. More so, Vezeeta claims to have over 10,000 healthcare providers signed on to the platform, providing services to at least 2.5 million patients in the region.

With regards to the development, Amir Barsoum, Founder and CEO of Vezeeta, offered that the investment from a “global power” like the IFC will help accelerate the growth of the startup, as well as buoy its plans of building a formidable global network.

Chief Executive Officer of the IFC, Philippe Le Houerou, also commented on the development expressing his confidence in the ability of Vezeeta to drive innovation in the MENA region. The CEO also expressed delight at the prospect of African entrepreneurs harnessing their creativity and drive with the power of novel technologies to address some of the continent’s most pressing problems.

Vezeeta’s Chief Technology Officer, Adel Khalil, also rendered his voice in support of the development reiterating its importance in helping the startup keep up with its mandate of empowering millions of patients in the region, and making sure patients and healthcare providers are seamlessly connected by leveraging data and new products in healthcare.

Mohammad Elmougi echoed, Vezeeta’s VP North Africa, echoed the thoughts of the CTO when he hinted at the commitment of the startup to pulling down all accessibility barriers and improving the quality of healthcare experienced by patients in the region through the elimination of all the bottlenecks that currently bedevil quality healthcare service accessibility.

While this is undoubtedly the IFC’s very first direct investment in an Egyptian technology venture, it would, however, not be the first this investment arm of the World Bank Group is throwing about its financial weight in the MENA region. Over the course of the past few years,  the IFC is known to have made funding commitments worth over USD 100 Mn in startups, venture funds, and accelerators across the Middle East and North Africa, including such Egyptian ventures as Flat6Labs and Algebra Ventures.

 

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Ugandan Startup Swipe2pay Swipes Away USD 40K At BRIDGE East Africa Startup Pitch

Kevin Gachiri December 10

Swipe2pay, a Ugandan startup was picked as the winner of BRIDGE East Africa Startup pitch and secured USD 40K at Weetracker’s first flagship conference event held at Crowne Plaza on 7th December in Nairobi. The announcement was made by Takuma Terakubo the CEO of Leapfrog Ventures whose joint partnership with Weetracker made the event possible. Leapfrog Ventures will add Swipe2pay to its roster of startups, it is funding in East Africa. Other startups that took part in the pitch included Yusudi, Talklift, Zumi and Asilimia.

The Selection of Swipe2pay came as a surprise considering that each of the 5 startups had delivered convincing pitches in front of the panel that comprised Japanese investors on tour in Africa, some for the first time. Solomon Kitumba, CEO Swipe2pay, had come from pitching at #slush18 in Helsinki arriving in time to make his pitch as the last participant for the day. Swipe2pay makes it possible for informal businesses that accept cash from customers to be able to accept digital payments as well as credit card transactions. The startup which was founded in 2017, is already integrated with Visa and Mastercard.

In an interview with Weetracker, Solomon intimated that “We are already active in Uganda with a majority of our customers coming from Mbarara and Jinja. We have built a regular customer base of 550 regular users on our  platform with transactions sometimes growing upto 3,500 per day when we get very busy.”

According to their website, the solution they provide to customers also includes their provision of daily, weekly and monthly reports. The fintech startup has integration with Kenya’s MPESA making it possible for them to venture into the local Kenyan market as well.

Solomon is assisted by a team of six who play different roles in driving the business forward and the funding they have received will go into product development as well as strengthening its talent pool which would be necessary for looking at how the product can be polished, refined or extend its features. Having grown in rural Uganda, Solomon had observed how informal market traders mostly women fail to access finance since they don’t keep records or any form of payments they receive from clients.  This makes it difficult to get credit reference. The need to accept funds from clients who wish to pay by cards also means that they usually turn away clients from this customer segment. Swipe2pay, therefore, helps in attracting more customers.  It is this discovery that made Solomon devise a method of bringing a better solution to these informal traders.

Weetracker’s BRIDGE East Africa, held in Kenya drew a substantial crowd of investors from Japan as well as attendance of local investors, venture capitalists and seasoned entrepreneurs. The event hosted startup pitches that were held in between the panel discussions and fireside chats with selected guests. Leapfrog Ventures announced at the event that it is looking at making 200 investments in Africa in the coming 3 years.

What You Should Know About Google Hangouts’ Rumored Shutdown

Andrew Christian December 9

Sources familiar with the tech giant’s product’s internal roadmap have reported that 2019 will be the last year for Google Hangouts, as the company plans to shut it down by the year 2020. The development, to nearly no one’s surprise, is a reiteration which accompanies the company’s apparent decision to hold off on further developments on the app more than a year ago.

Google had previously announced its pivot for the Hangouts brand for enterprise use scenarios with Hangout Chat and Hangout Meet, so it has been telling for a while that the consumer app would soon cease to exist. With the abandonment of Google Hangouts concerning development and its presumed final extinction, many entrepreneurs have begun charting a course away from the app, even though it will remain a prominent official chat option in Gmail on the web – continuing on the Google Play Store even now. In line with recent reviews, the app has shown signs of ageing which are evident in its display of bugs and performance glitches.

Hangout as a brand will remain with G Suite’s Hangout Chat and Hangouts Meet, with the former tailored for Slack app-comparable team communication and the latter as a video meetings platform. In the same line, Google Voice calling, which was initially independent and then integrated into Hangouts, was restored to its own redesigned app earlier this year.

Worthy of interest is that in spite of its inevitable axing, Hangouts was one of the few apps to receive early support for Android Auto’s new MMS and RCS functionality, alongside Whatsapp and Android Messages.

Nonetheless, Google’s Scott Johnson has chimed in on this development and denied any decision being made about the timeline of legacy Hangouts’ shutdown. He did confirm that users of consumer Hangouts will somehow be upgraded to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, both of which have been presented as enterprise-focused products that fill different needs. Scott also confirmed rather explicitly that Hangouts Classic, which is the subject of this development, will eventually be “shutting down’. Meanwhile, there are sources which corroborate the initial report, informing that decisions have been made for the depreciation of legacy Hangouts.

Most of us consider the Chat and Meet to be more business-focused products, and these plans make the situation seem as though they could have more of a consumer-facing component in the future. For entrepreneurs who have continued to use Hangouts, and who are now coming to rely on Slack or Discord style at-mentions, having such features in Hangouts may be somewhat snazzy. If the rumour of Hangouts’ death or transition are true or have been exaggerated, it wouldn’t matter so much if the new upgrades come with those new features.

Meanwhile, another source reports that Google provided an update on its current efforts, and now focuses moving towards a simpler communication experience. Starting on the consumer front, Google has “decided to stop supporting Allo to focus on Messages.” In April this year, Google only noted that it was “holding off investment” on Allo, but the tech giant confirmed that the service is about to get the sunset. Allo will be available until March 2019, with the service continuing to work until then; disregarding today’s downtime. Google has furnished us with details on how users can export existing conversation history from the app.

Google Hangouts, for as long as it has been in use, hasn’t disappointed entrepreneurs, as it can be a great asset to a company of any size – even more ideal for smaller businesses and startups. The app allows you to connect with employees easily, business colleagues and clients via calls and video chat making it seamless for those who travel or work from home. Hangouts also afford companies the flexibility of connection form virtually any smart device. Users can also, during chats, share files via Google Drive, stream live broadcast, participate in webinars and hold staff meetings amongst many more.

As customers will be able to review your business as an accessible one that cares about customer satisfaction, using Google Hangouts is a marketing strategy with all the makings of greatness. With weekly/monthly question and answer sessions, customer chats and feedback reception, you can not only appeal to customers but receive immediate interactions that can help you develop a more robust marketing strategy. Taylor Swift hosted a Google+ Hangout to announce her new album, and with the medium, she was able to reach fans from all over the world – making her song hit number one right after its release.

This goes to say that Hangouts is a great way to make business announcements such as funding rounds, product launches, expansion or any other news that customers may be interested in. The app is also useful in holding online staff meetings, and conference calls with important clients even while you are in transit.

We are yet to find out the actual features that will come with the storied Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet as replacements to the authority-building, customer-gathering, engaging, and collaborative Google Hangouts. 2020 is more than a year from now, so while Sundar Pichai and his team of techies decide the fate of this G Suite member, we still have no less than 12 months to enjoy the existing chat room app.

Nigeria’s Logistics Startup Kobo360 Raises USD 6 Mn From World Bank’s IFC

Andrew Christian December 7

Nigeria’s Uber-like trucking logistics startup Kobo360 has raised USD 6 Mn in its second investment round this year. The equity financing which was gained from World Bank ’s sister organization IFC, will help the company upgrade its e-logistics platform and spread its tentacles to Ghana, Togo and Ivory Coast.

This recent investment for Kobo360, which also involved efforts from other platforms such as TLom Capital and Y Combinator, will be used by the startup to become more than just a transit app. The founder, Obi Ozor, told Techcrunch that the company broke into the logistics market as an app that connects truckers and companies with freight needs, but now looks to build a global logistics operating system and become a full-fledged platform.

While bridging the gap between truckers, producers and distributors, Kobo360 is now chomping at bit to build the platform that will offer supply chain management tools for enterprise customers. In a statement, Ozor revealed that large firms are now demanding for movement, tracking and sales-related specific features, which is why the startup is looking to leverage two options – integrate other services such as SAP into Kobo or building the solutions directly into the e-logistics platform.

With this new investment round, the startup will sally forth with the said upgrade by developing its API and opening it up to for the use to large enterprise customers. With the intent for clients to use Kobo360’s dashboard for everything from moving goods, tracking, sales and accounting, the platform wishes to tackle the challenges faced by its customers.

It is also reported that the company will forge a more physical Nigerian presence in order to serve its customers better. Concerned about truck movements and monitoring, helping operation’s collect proof of delivery and accessing trucker owners more closely for inspection and training purposes, Kobo360 is poised to launch 100 hubs before the end of 2019, according to its founder.

The startup, remaining “aggressively” focused on reducing logistics friction for large enterprises and SMEs alike, alongside connecting new markets and unlock better community wellbeing, will add more warehousing capabilities to support its reverse logistics business. By matching trucks with return freight after they drop their loads, Kobo360 will bring down prices and eliminate the return-empty challenge facing its customers.

In a statement, the IFC enthused that the company currently has over 5000 trucks empanelled on its platform, from more than 600 small fleet owners, serving some of the largest enterprises in Nigeria. Kobo360 told Techcrunch in January that it is looking to add 20,000 trucks to its platform and latch on to the expansion which is now made possible by its USD 6 Mn raise. According to the founder, the expansion, which is scheduled to take off in 2019, will be with existing customers – one in the port operations business, another in FMCG and the last in agriculture.

As a matter of strategic priority, the funding, which was announced by both parties on the eve of the opening of the IFC’s Next 100 African Startups Initiative, will be used by the startup to also expand programs and services for its driver members. Along this line, Ozor remarked that neglecting drivers would crumble the company to a pile of issues while iterating that the same loophole hinders ride-hailing companies from becoming trillion-dollar enterprises.

Because owning trucks may be too cumbersome to handle, Ozor opines that the best scalable model is to aggregate trucks, while handling more volume at cheaper prices to leverage the startup’s asset-free digital platform and business model to outpace traditional long-haul 3PL providers in Nigeria.

According to a Weetracker report, Kobo360 raised USD 1.2 Mn in June this year from U.S venture capital firm Western Technology Investment and became a Y-Combinator cohort, while receiving USD 120 K equity investment from the seed fund. The logistics startup, which has served 900 businesses, aggregated a fleet of 8000 drivers and moved 155 million kilograms, is welcoming IFC’s regional head for Africa, Wale Ayeni and TLcom’s senior partner Omobola Johnson to take seats at its board.

Kobo360 also offers training and programs on insurance, discount petrol and vehicle financing to its drivers. The startup has also created an HMO for drivers, alongside an incentive-based program to afford education, which is monikered as KoboCare. The company’s top clients include Honeywell, Dangote, Unilever, Olam and DHL.

 

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