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South African delivery startup Picup introduces premium driver network for businesses
Published: 29-06-2021 | 13:34:02 | By: Pie Kamau
South Africa's crowdsource delivery tech startup Picup has introduced a premium service aimed at businesses that require drivers to represent their brand.


bp invests $7m in electric vehicle charging startup IoTecha
Published: 23-06-2021 | 10:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
bp ventures has invested $7million in smart electric vehicle (EV) charging firm, IoTecha, leading a $13.2 million investment round.


Ivory Coast transport startup Moja Ride partners with O-CITY for its next phase of growth in mobility innovation
Published: 22-06-2021 | 13:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Moja Ride, an Ivorian startup providing a reservation and cashless payment system for transport services in Abidjan, has partnered with O-CITY for its next phase of digital innovation and future expansion.


Speedaf express completes Round A+ financing to build China-Africa express brand
Published: 08-06-2021 | 12:32:54 | By: Pie Kamau
Speedaf express, a China-Africa integrated logistics service provider, officially announced the completion of its Round A+ financing, led by TRUSTBRIDGE, followed by Northern Light VENTURE CAPITAL, and VISION+CAPITAL on the basis of Round A.


Startup STOW IT partners with airport parking operators to offer long-term travelers monthly parking at airports around the US
Published: 04-06-2021 | 09:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Set up and designed for long-term and monthly travelers, startup STOW IT has partnered with airport parking operators to offer the cheapest monthly rates at over 20 airports around the US, making long-term airport parking an easy option.


Africa's e-logistics startup Lori Systems appoints Uche Ogboi as new CEO
Published: 03-06-2021 | 15:06:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lori Systems, Africa's e-logistics platform has announced the appointment of Uche Ogboi as its new Chief Executive Officer effective July 1 2021.


Mobility startup Beep secures $20m Series A investment for expansion
Published: 26-05-2021 | 16:03:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Beep, a provider of multi-passenger, electric, autonomous mobility solutions, announced today that it has recently closed the company's Series-A round with Intel Capital and Blue Lagoon Capital.


Venture builder Satgana launches first portfolio startup in Kenya, Mazi Mobility
Published: 20-05-2021 | 15:38:00 | By: Pie Kamau
After its launch in September last year, venture builder Satgana has announced its first portfolio startup from Nairobi, Kenya, Mazi Mobility, to address the issues faced by the public transport industry in the Global South by electrifying the motorcycle industry.


Plug and Play Canada selects 12 startups to participate in Toronto Supply Chain and Logistics Program
Published: 18-05-2021 | 13:24:26 | By: Pie Kamau
Plug and Play Canada announced the selection of 12 startups into the first batch of the Toronto Supply Chain & Logistics Program.


Danish startup MATE accelerates e-Bike expansion with new funding from Marcy Venture Partners
Published: 07-05-2021 | 12:47:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Danish design startup MATE announced a new investment from Marcy Venture Partners to accelerate the future of smart transportation, with the global aim for the world to go greener via a new, smarter, more flexible, and flashy form of transportation.


DBSA launches second edition of the Youth Challenge in South Africa
Published: 05-05-2021 | 16:02:56 | By: Pie Kamau
The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), launched the second edition of the DBSA Youth Challenge, a competition aimed at harnessing innovative solutions from young people in South Africa to help address infrastructure challenges.


Logistics startup Logixboard raises $13m Series A funding to power the future of modern freight forwarding
Published: 29-04-2021 | 10:31:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Logixboard, the modern customer experience platform for freight forwarders, closed a $13 million investment led by Redpoint Ventures, with continued participation from Social Leverage, F-Prime Capital, Founders Co-op, Techstars Ventures, and others.


Kenyan e-mobility startup Ecobodaa secures funding from Persistent Energy Capital
Published: 23-04-2021 | 09:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Persistent Energy Capital announced a strategic venture building investment and partnership with Ecobodaa, a pioneer e-mobility startup, leading the revolution of the electric motorbike taxi (bodaboda) in Kenya.


Autonomous air cargo startup MightyFly raises $5.1 million seed funding to revolutionize logistics
Published: 22-04-2021 | 13:37:00 | By: Pie Kamau
MightyFly, an autonomous air cargo carrier, announced it has closed $5.1 million in seed funding, including investments from 500 Startups, At One Ventures, Global Founders Capital, Graph Ventures, and Halogen Ventures.


Kenyan logistics startup Amitruck and Sky.Garden announce last mile goods pick-up and deliveries partnership
Published: 20-04-2021 | 09:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Logistics platform Amitruck and e-Commerce platform Sky.Garden have partnered to form an end-to-end digital chain for goods pick-up and deliveries to the last mile.


Phantom Space Corporation startup raises $5m seed funding to revolutionize space transportation
Published: 15-04-2021 | 10:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Phantom Space Corporation, a space transportation technology development and manufacturing company, announced the raise of $5 million in seed investment funding to make space commerce commonplace and to lower the barriers to space access.


Kigali-based electric mobility startup Ampersand raises $3.5m from EIF
Published: 12-04-2021 | 12:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kigali based electric motorcycle startup Ampersand has raised $3.5 million in funding from the Ecosystem Integrity Fund (EIF) to rapidly scale its electric motorcycle and swap station network in Rwanda.


Verdant Capital raises $9.9 million financing for East African tech enabled MSME lender Tugende
Published: 07-04-2021 | 13:40:27 | By: Bob Koigi
Pan African specialist investment financial institution Verdant Capital has raised $9.9 million Series A equity capital for Tugende, a technology enabled MSME lender in East Africa.


UniGroup acquires RevUnit joint venture and moving startup Handled
Published: 30-03-2021 | 17:12:27 | By: Bob Koigi
RevUnit and UniGroup joint venture, Handled, recently announced its full acquisition by United Van Lines and Mayflower Transit parent company UniGroup due to its early growth and innovative technology.


Logistics technology startup Baton raises $10.5m Series A funding
Published: 30-03-2021 | 12:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Baton, a logistics technology platform developed out of 8VC's acclaimed Build program, announced its $10.5 million Series A funding, co-led by 8VC and Maersk Growth, the corporate venture arm of AP Moller-Maersk.


Chinese logistics startup Duckbill closes $50m funding
Published: 22-03-2021 | 14:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Duckbill, the world container trucking/drayage service platform featuring intelligent dispatching and transportation management, announced the closing of fund raising of $50 million which marks the biggest funding in the industry.


[Nigeria] Kwik Delivery closes $1.7 million financing round to fund expansion
Published: 19-03-2021 | 15:44:32 | By: Bob Koigi
Nigerian last-mile delivery startup Kwik Delivery has announced that it has closed its pre-Series A financing round. The company successfully raised $ 1.7 million in equity from institutional and high net worth investors.


Logistics tech startup ZUUM Transportation launches ZUUM BEYOND TMS for shippers
Published: 26-02-2021 | 12:59:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Logistics technology innovator ZUUM Transportation launched ZUUM BEYOND TMS with ZUUM Business and ZUUM Enterprise, expanding the modular product line of their Logistics Super Platform.


Kenyan logistics startup Amitruck secures pre-seed funding for expansion across East Africa
Published: 18-02-2021 | 10:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan trucking logistics marketplace startup Amitruck secured an undisclosed investment led by US-based Dynamo Ventures with participation from Plug and Play Ventures and a collection of strategic angel investors.


Seattle-based traveltech startup Cabana rolls out new offerings, expands operations to California
Published: 28-01-2021 | 11:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cabana, the Seattle-based traveltech startup reinventing how people travel through its fleet of luxe mobile hotels, is rolling out enhanced offerings to its customers in Seattle and soon to its newest market, Los Angeles.


Autonomous sweeper from Berlin startup approved for public road use in Singapore
Published: 15-01-2021 | 11:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The autonomous compact sweeper "Donner", developed by a consortium led by ENWAY and Bucher Municipal, has passed the Land Transport Authority's approval test for autonomous vehicles for use on public roads.


sennder raises $160 million to accelerate digitization of European trucking
Published: 15-01-2021 | 11:22:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Through its proprietary technology, sennder directly connects enterprise shippers with trucking companies, bringing greater transparency and efficiency to both carriers and shippers.


Ten biggest startup layoffs in 2020 hit 25,500, Uber leads with 30 per cent, report
Published: 13-01-2021 | 14:17:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Data presented by Buy Shares indicates that approximately 25,500 jobs have been lost in the top ten largest startup layoffs amid the pandemic. The layoffs were recorded between March 2020 and January 2021.


Ntuple launches Korea railroad ticketing system in Google Maps
Published: 11-01-2021 | 14:30:45 | By: Bob Koigi
Ntuple, a South Korean tech startup that focuses on backend technology has announced that it launched the Korea railroad ticketing service ‘ga-G’ in Google maps.


[Startup Interview] Daniel Gatura, CEO, Ace Mobility, Kenya
Published: 05-01-2021 | 10:44:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Daniel Gatura is the CEO and founder of Ace Mobility, a Kenya-based startup that is focused on improving the public transport by addressing mobility challenges of the vulnerable with a focus on the differently abled, women and elderly. Daniel elaborates.


On demand delivery provider GoFor raises $20 Million funding for expansion into the U.S
Published: 23-12-2020 | 13:31:54 | By: Bob Koigi
GoFor Industries, a provider in last-mile, on-demand and same-day delivery startup says it has closed a $20 million (CAD) Series A growth investment to continue its ongoing expansion into the U.S.


Plug and Play partners with SEDA to establish first-mile innovation hub in Savannah, GA
Published: 17-12-2020 | 16:05:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Plug and Play, the Silicon Valley based venture capital firm and corporate innovation platform, announced its partnership with the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) to establish a First-Mile Logistics innovation hub in Savannah, GA.


Australian AI startup HIVERY partners with JR East Water Business to optimize vending machines in Japan
Published: 16-12-2020 | 15:52:24 | By: Pie Kamau
Retail AI pioneer, HIVERY and JR East Water Business, have agreed to rollout HIVERY Enhance, an AI-driven vending machine optimization solution, to 6,000 vending machines across East Japan Railway's train stations.


Nigerian logistics startup Kobo360, IFC invite for innovative cooling solution projects in Nigeria
Published: 09-12-2020 | 08:58:00 | By: Pie Kamau
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with Kobo360, an African digital logistics platform, announced an open call for innovators from around the world to bring climate-smart, temperature-controlled logistics (TCL) cooling solutions to Nigeria.


South Korean startup Autonomous a2z raises $1.9m for autonomous driving solution
Published: 26-11-2020 | 11:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Autonomous a2z, a member company of Born2Global Centre and Sejong Technopark, received a seed investment of $1.9 million from angel investments by individuals and partner corporations.


Nigerian mobility startup Plentywaka expands car-hailing service in Delta State
Published: 25-11-2020 | 15:52:20 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian mobility startup Plentywaka, announced the launch of a new car-hailing service, Wakacab in Asaba and Warri Delta State, borne out of the need to expand and improve on the limited transport links in southern Nigeria.


Chinese autonomous truck startup Inceptio Technology raises $120m to accelerate volume production
Published: 16-11-2020 | 13:24:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Inceptio Technology, an autonomous truck company, announced a $120 million funding led by Contemporary Amperex Technology, developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries.


Imperial partners with Kenyan logistic startup Lori Systems to expand e-logistics technology solutions across Africa
Published: 04-11-2020 | 08:37:29 | By: Pie Kamau
Imperial, an African and European-focused provider of integrated market access and logistics solutions, announced an investment in and partnership with Lori Systems to expand its cutting-edge e-logistics technology solutions across Africa.


FedEx invests in 200 small businesses in its grants programme
Published: 08-10-2020 | 15:06:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Global delivery services company FedEx Corp. has announced the completion of the company’s #SupportSmall Grants programme.


Nigerian mobility startup MAX.ng partners with DLM Capital to transform transportation finance in Africa
Published: 01-10-2020 | 09:09:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Metro Africa Xpress, a mobility platform in Nigeria and West Africa, announced the successful issuance of a ₦400m 1-year fixed-rate notes under its newly structured ₦10bn/$22m Private Company Bond program.


Neuron Mobility secures $12 million funding to expand to Australia, UK and New Zealand
Published: 30-09-2020 | 15:49:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Singapore e-scooter startup Neuron Mobility has announced its latest round of funding of $12 million, led by top Australian venture capital firm, Square Peg, along with global venture capital firm GSR Ventures.


[Startup Interview] Jason Gras, Emile Fulcheri, Stima, Kenya
Published: 19-09-2020 | 10:54:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Stima is a Kenya-based startup that operates a smart service swap stations providing charging services to enable moto-taxi riders to switch to electric motorcycles.


Australia startup Bolt Bikes rebrands to Zoomo, announces expansion to USA
Published: 27-08-2020 | 10:08:30 | By: Bob Koigi
Bolt Bikes Bolt Bikes, the mobility startup, has completed a Series A capital raise of $11 million to invest in expanding its operations in the United States and move into new categories globally.


Traveltech startup Omio raises $100m to strengthen position as global travel platform
Published: 19-08-2020 | 14:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Omio, formerly GoEuro, Europe’s leading multi-modal travel booking platform, announced it has secured $100 million in investments from existing and new investors.


German traveltech startup Omio launches 'Open Travel Index' to navigate new travel era
Published: 19-08-2020 | 14:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Europe’s leading multi-modal travel booking platform Omio is reigniting travel by launching a new online resource to help travellers easily understand where they can travel to within Europe.


Zipp Mobility gets green light for UK e-scooter trials
Published: 17-08-2020 | 15:37:50 | By: Pie Kamau
Zipp Mobility, the Irish micromobility startup, announced the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has approved the company’s e-scooter model for use in trials across the UK.


Uber set to acquire UK taxi software startup Autocab
Published: 08-08-2020 | 14:27:24 | By: Bob Koigi
Uber has announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire UK technology startup Autocab.


Sweden e-scooter startup Voi Technology wins first large-scale exclusive trial deal in UK
Published: 08-08-2020 | 14:17:47 | By: Bob Koigi
Swedish-founded micro-mobility startup Voi Technology is getting ready to put its first fleet of e-scooters on UK streets.


Nigerian mobility startup Plentywaka raises $300,000 investment as it expands into Abuja
Published: 06-08-2020 | 15:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Nigerian mobility startup Plentywaka secured a pre-seed investment led by Emfato, Microtraction, and Niche Capital worth $300,000.


OneRail announces acceptance into Microsoft for Startups Programme
Published: 23-07-2020 | 17:31:24 | By: Bob Koigi
OneRail, an Orlando-based final mile delivery orchestration and fulfillment platform, hass announced its acceptance into the Microsoft for Startups immersive programme.


Pan-European micro-mobility startup Voi achieves profitability in June, secures $30m funding
Published: 16-07-2020 | 13:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Voi Technology, the pan-European micro-mobility leader announced it has reached its first-ever monthly profit at group level for the month of June, less than two years since it launched the e-scooter service which now operates across 40 cities.


Booking.com partners with Here Mobility to boost pre-booked airport taxi services in US and Europe
Published: 15-07-2020 | 16:47:01 | By: Bob Koigi
Booking.com and HERE have announced a partnership, that will give travelers using the Booking.com app and platform access to an additional 1.3 million vehicles in 70 cities across the US and Europe.


French startup Koala closes €1.6m seed round led by Insurtech Gateway
Published: 07-07-2020 | 15:13:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Paris based insurtech Koala announced an investment of €1.6 million led by London based incubator and fund Insurtech Gateway alongside Playfair Capital, Techstars Ventures and private investors.


ETF leads €7 million investment in Finnish startup Basemark
Published: 07-07-2020 | 14:30:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Basemark, a leading software company specialising in graphics and autonomous driving vehicle software, has successfully concluded a €7 million equity funding round by ETF Partners.


Uber acquires food delivery startup Postmates for $2.65 billion
Published: 07-07-2020 | 14:15:32 | By: Bob Koigi
Uber has announced that it will acquire US on-demand food delivery startup Postmates for approximately $2.65 billion in an all-stock transaction.


Belgium mobility startup Skipr secures €7 million to fund European expansion
Published: 02-07-2020 | 14:20:10 | By: Bob Koigi
Skipr, a Belgian startup that enables companies to bring the future of mobility to their employees, has secured a seven million euro Series A round of funding.


E-mobility startup Bolt launches electric bikes in Paris
Published: 01-07-2020 | 15:19:00 | By: Pie Kamau
E-mobility startup Bolt has announced the introduction of four and two-wheeled vehicles for Parisian urban commuters, who will now have the opportunity to get from A to B on a Bolt electric bike.


TIER Mobility gears up for UK launch, hires two industry top figures
Published: 30-06-2020 | 16:08:00 | By: Pie Kamau
TIER Mobility, a European provider of micro-mobility solutions has hired two senior figures in the ride-sharing and e-mobility sector as it gears up for its UK launch - Fred Jones as General Manager U.K., and Benjamin Bell as Head of Public Policy for Northern Europe.


Ziticity raises €2.2 million seed investment for Europe expansion
Published: 30-06-2020 | 15:51:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lithuanian logistics platform Ziticity has closed a €2.2 million seed equity investment round led by NordicNinja VC in participation with Superhero Capital VC, Practica Capital, Superangel VC, Startup Wise Guys and business angel Maksim Golivkin.


[Startup Interview] Riaan Rautenbach, CEO, Live Fr8, South Africa
Published: 30-06-2020 | 14:07:15 | By: Bob Koigi
LIVE FR8™ is a South African startup that offers cargo suppliers and transporters improved and cheaper logistics services through cloud technology. Cargo suppliers and transporters connect directly.


French startup Monk raises $2.4m Seed round to develop AI-based inspection technology
Published: 11-06-2020 | 15:23:00 | By: Pie Kamau
French startup Monk, an Artificial Intelligence focused on car damage detection announced a $2.4 million fundraising Seed round led by Iris Capital, alongside Plug and Play and key business angels.


French healthtech startup Ambler raises €6 million to accelerate digitalization of medical transport
Published: 09-06-2020 | 12:39:00 | By: Pie Kamau
18 months after its first fundraising, Ambler has completed a € 6 million round of financing with Bpifrance via the Digital Venture pole, Idinvest Partners, Partech and Kima Ventures to accelerate the development of its platform for connecting carriers sanitary and health establishments.


UK startup Planet Smart City expands further in Brazil with new smart city launch
Published: 03-06-2020 | 11:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Planet Smart City startup, the global leader in smart afordable housing, has expanded its presence in Brazil with the launch of its fourth smart project in the country- Smart City Aquiraz.


Spain startup Zeleros raises €7m in financing to lead the development of hyperloop in Europe
Published: 01-06-2020 | 16:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Zeleros Hyperloop startup has completed a financing round worth more than €7 million for the company to start a new and important phase in the development of its unique version of hyperloop, the fifth mode of transport.


India’s Ola Electric acquires Dutch scooter startup Etergo
Published: 27-05-2020 | 15:06:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Ola Electric, an offshoot of Indian ride-hailing company Ola, has acquired Etergo BV, an innovative electric scooter OEM, based out of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Bolt raises €100m from Naya Capital to expand transport, food delivery services in Europe and Africa
Published: 26-05-2020 | 15:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Estonia-based Bolt has closed an investment round of €100m from Naya Capital Management to help the company continue to scale its product segments from ride-hailing to micro-mobility and food delivery in Europe and Africa.


BlaBlaCar partners with Voi Technology to offer e-scooters in France
Published: 26-05-2020 | 14:58:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Carpooling platform BlaBlaCar has chosen to extend its offer and partner with Swedish electric scooters company Voi Technology to offer BlaBla Ride Scooters.


Dutch e-bike startup VanMoof raises $13.5 million for global expansion
Published: 13-05-2020 | 16:38:54 | By: Bob Koigi
Dutch e-bike tech scale-up VanMoof, has raised approximately $13.5 million from Europe’ top venture capital firms Balderton Capital and assembly partner SINBON Electronics.


DispatchTrack announces $144 million funding to optimize last-mile logistics
Published: 12-05-2020 | 19:09:12 | By: Bob Koigi
DispatchTrack, a provider of SaaS-based last-mile logistics solutions in San Jose California, has closed a $144 million growth transaction led by Spectrum Equity.


Intel acquires urban transit startup Moovit for $900 million
Published: 08-05-2020 | 15:45:33 | By: Bob Koigi
Global tech multinational Intel Corporation has acquired Moovit, a mobility-as-a-service, MaaS, solutions startup, for an estimated $900 million.


[Startup Interview] Ali Messoudi, President, Transpare, Morocco
Published: 25-02-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Bas Vlugt
Transpare is a digital platform that makes international freight transport easier. Like Booking or Trivago for tourism, we put in relationship shippers and freight forwarders. Transpare.eu is totally free, both can register themselves in a few minutes only. Then they ask a quotation


[Startup Interview] Fahim Saleh, Founder, Gokada, Nigeria
Published: 06-06-2019 | 11:37:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Fahim Saleh founded the Lagos-based transport service app, Gokada, in February 2018. He now holds the position of co-CEO alongside Ayodeji Adewunmi. Gokada has since become an accepted and often-used means of efficient transport in the populous city.