Africa launches first-of-its-kind smart mobility competition


In conjunction with Founders Factory, a corporate-backed technology accelerator and incubator, Bosch is inviting smart mobility start-ups within Africa that are engaged in solving mobility issues on the continent to compete in the smart mobility start-up pitch.

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.

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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.

The areas of collaboration with Bosch could 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, says: “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, says: “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 following website: Applications close on August 26, 2019, with final announcements made on September 30, 2019.

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