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Africa: Smart mobility start-ups to pitch for $30,000 prize

Smart mobility start-ups within Africa are invited to compete in a smart mobility start-up pitch competition.

This opportunity is being brought on by Bosch in collaboration with Founders Factory, a corporate-backed technology accelerator and incubator.

The winners stand a chance to win a share of a cash prize of $30,000 and the opportunity to join a Bosch accelerator programme.

Bosch is looking for early-to-growth stage start-ups that have the potential to scale and deliver innovative smart mobility solutions across the specified themes, including connectivity and IoT solutions, vehicle renting and ride-sharing, city infrastructure, logistics and distribution, clean energy and electric vehicles, and insurance and data tracking systems.

The top ten smart mobility start-up finalists from Africa will have the opportunity to showcase their smart mobility solution in Johannesburg, South Africa on 4 November 2019.

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The areas of collaboration with Bosch will also include receiving support on technology and product design, accessing data and analytic sets, in addition, accessing Bosch’s wide network of customers and piloting and testing facilities.

Yves Nono, Vice President – mobility solutions, sales region Africa at Robert Bosch Ltd, said: “This exciting initiative enables us to showcase smart mobility innovation across Africa. We are looking forward to selecting and potentially collaborating with businesses that align with Bosch Mobility Solutions’ strategic focus areas, so that the company assets could help the start-ups to ramp up productivity of the business.”

Roo Rogers, CEO of Founders Factory Africa, also commented: “We are incredibly proud to be selected and trusted by Bosch. There are enormous opportunities within the mobility and transportation space in Africa, and a rising number of exciting businesses that are solving challenges in this sector. We are happy to be able to showcase some of these through our collaboration with Bosch.”

Digital entries will only be accepted through the website below: foundersfactory.com/africa/bosch.

Applications close on 26 August 2019, with final announcements to be made on 30 September 2019.

Babalwa Bungane
Babalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa - Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast.