There’s an ongoing mobility revolution across African cities.
After Uber launched its ride-hailing service in Johannesburg in August 2013 with South African footballer Mark Fish as its first passenger in Africa, the number of ride-hailing startups grew rapidly to over 56 in 2016. Over the last few years, there’s been an emergence of specialized ride-hailing solutions from two-wheelers to auto-rickshaws and very recently, boats. We’ve also seen haulage tech startups attempting to bring efficiency to a legacy sector. Significant investment has gone into the sector in the last few months. Motor-bike taxis alone raised about $12 million just between May and June of 2019. Egypt-based bus sharing service, Swvl also raised US$42 million in June.
However, the sector is not only nascent in many parts of Africa, it is barely scratching its potential. For example, regulatory and infrastructure bottlenecks have limited two-wheelers from quickly expanding to the areas where they are most needed. On July 7 2019, the Addis Ababa Mayor, Takele Uma, announced a ban on motorcycles, citing violent crimes. More cities are also taking a hard stance toward motorcycles. Yet poor road infrastructure and traffic congestion make them one of the most efficient forms of transportation in many regions. Micro-mobility startups (scooters & bicycles) are few and far in-between, leaving the opportunity for a whole new industry to emerge.
Techcabal is bringing together the most knowledgeable and influential mobility entrepreneurs, investors and policymakers to explore, discuss and define the potential of Africa’s mobility sector, the challenges and what the future holds.
Why you should attend
- The event will provide deep insights into the sector and set an agenda for future growth.
- It will offer newcomers to the sector and players in adjacent sectors insight into what the most influential startups are doing.
- Smaller startups in this space will get to hear the biggest investors speak about what they value they look for as they make their investment decisions.
- Investors will find a rich gathering of the most innovative up and coming startups in the space showcasing their solutions.
- And regulators will have the opportunity to speak with the biggest players and investors, directly sharing knowledge about their concerns, what they need for success and what will convince them to invest even more money in these sectors.
Nigeria’s former communications minister and Honorary Chairperson of the global Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI). Dr Johnson is a Senior Partner at TLcom Capital LLP, a venture capital firm investing since 1999 in tech and tech-enabled companies. It has invested in a number of Africa focused companies including Kobo360, a haulage tech company based in Nigeria. The venture capital firm participated in Kobo360’s US$6 million seed round.
Co-founder and CEO at Kobo360. Kobo360 is a technology company focusing on logistics. Kobo360 powers the supply chain of more than two thousand businesses including Nestle, Maersk Line, Dangote, DHL Global Forwarding, UPS Supply Chain, Shoprite, Flour Mills and Jumia. Ozor was previously Operations Coordinator at Uber Nigeria between 2015 – 2016.
Uche Ogboi recently got appointed as COO at Lori Systems. Lori Systems is a pan-African logistics company building the cutting-edge infrastructure for trucking in Africa. Before Lori, Ogboi was Principal Investments at Pan-Africa and tech-enabled venture capital firm, Echo VC.
Osarumen Osamuyi is the Founder at The Subtext and Entrepreneur in Residence at Africa’s Talking. The Subtext is a publication that provides intelligent commentary about the business of innovation and the internet in Africa. Osamuyi’s essay about Motorcycle Taxis has become reference material for many in the ecosystem regarding how to think about the business.
Oluwatoyin Oshinowo is the VP Product/Co-founder at FieldInsight, an organization that helps businesses in Africa get data from the field to manage and monitor their distribution assets smarter. Oluwatoyin is product management professional with 8 years experience and has a passion for product development within the Nigerian tech space. She has a Masters degree in Computer Systems Engineering and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Warwick.
Emeka Ajene is Managing Director and Co-founder at Gozem, a transportation company focused on West & Central Africa. It started in November 2018 with ride-hailing services in Togo and has now expanded to Benin. Ajene was previously Sr. Manager, Nigeria Operations & Business Development at Uber and he has an MBA from the Stephen M. Ross School of Business.
Dr Frederic Oladeinde is the Lagos State Commissioner of Transport. Oladeinde has a PhD in Transport Planning and Modelling from Imperial College, London. Before his appointment, he was Director, Corporate and Investment Planning at the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) for three (3) years. Prior to joining LAMATA in 2008, Oladeinde spent seven (7) years as Senior Transport Planning Advisor at the United Kingdom’s Department for Transport.
Oluwadamilola Emmanuel is the General Manager of the Lagos State Waterways. He joined the Lagos State waterways authority as the Secretary in October 2015 before becoming GM in 2017. He is a graduate of the University of Lagos (B.A English) and University of Hull (MBA with Distinction).
CoFounder at Max. (www.max.ng), a logistics startup on a mission to fix Africa’s notorious last-mile delivery and online-retail problems by using mobile and web platforms to connect consumers, retail businesses and independent drivers in real-time. Chinedu is a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management. He was previously employed at Goldman Sachs and Barclays. Chinedu has a dual degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering.
Taiwo is a VP, Investments at EchoVC Partners and has over 10 years’ experience as a Finance professional in Investment Research and Investment Banking.
Prior to joining EchoVC, Taiwo worked at United Capital Plc for 6 years as an Investment Banker. Her focus was mainly on M&A Advisory and Capital Markets. In that role, she successfully launched and registered a Naira and Dollar (US$10M) fund for the asset management subsidiary of United Capital.
Ridwan Olalere is the Director of Operations at ORide, a transportation service owned by OPay – one of Nigeria’s biggest mobile money platforms. In recent past, he has served as the Director of Payment Product at OPay. Before joining OPay, Mr Olalere worked as a Software Developer for a number of Nigerian startups. He holds a Degree in Science and Engineering from the Shenyang Aerospace University.
Kọ́lá Túbọ̀sun is a Nigerian linguist, writer, and activist for African languages in technology. Past work includes Google Nigeria and Oxford University Press Dictionaries. Currently a Chevening Research Fellow at the British Library, he will be speaking about his work in language advocacy, advances in speech technology and localization, and the role of technology in building the future we desire and deserve.
Lola Kassim is a seasoned professional with over 12 years of international experience working at senior private sector and government levels in Africa and Canada across operations, strategy development, and policy. She has been with Uber since 2017, where she is General Manager for West Africa, leading operations in Nigeria and Ghana.
Prior to joining Uber, Lola was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey and Company, where she led teams providing strategic business insights and implementing organizational and operational improvements in the energy, public, and financial services sectors in West and Southern Africa. She began working in West Africa as a Governance Advisor to the Liberian Presidency through the Africa Governance Initiative.
Nnena Nkongho is Principal at Digital Growth Africa (DiGAME), an investment vehicle focused on supporting entrepreneurs who are building African, tech-enabled businesses with growth capital since its launch in 2016. DiGAME is an investor in Egyptian bus-hailing company, Swvl.
Prior to DiGAME, Nnena spent time as an early employee (Head of Business Development) at SOLO Phone (Nigeria), Interim Head of Strategy at Etisalat Nigeria (now 9mobile) and as a TMT Analyst at Nubuke Investments.
Titi is Policy and Government Relations Lead West & Francophone Africa at Google. She is a thought leader in public policy for digital economies in Africa. She is focused on helping to shape the enabling environment needed for an innovating and thriving digital economy on the continent and beyond. She has spent the last two decades discerning the what, which, and the how of public policies are used to harness digital opportunities while mediating emerging tensions.
Femi Longe is currently the co-Founder and Director of Innovation at Co-Creation Hub, Nigeria’s foremost social innovation centre committed to stimulating and supporting innovation for a better Nigeria. As Director of Innovation, Femi drives collaborative co-creation processes to generate innovative technology solutions for social and commercial challenges. He is keen about helping individuals find the intersection between their passion and the needs of the world.
Aisha Salaudeen is a multimedia journalist with years of experience telling and helping people tell stories. She has worked in full time and freelance journalism, using images, videos, and text to report and investigate diverse human interest stories.
Aisha’s work has appeared in the Financial Times, Al Jazeera English, Okay Africa, TRT World, and CNN. She currently covers news and feature stories on China – Africa relations, business, culture, and technology in Africa.
Sodiq Oloko is Operations and Fulfilment Lead at LifeBank, a tech-enabled health logistics platform. He has over 5 years experience working in the health sector across various laboratory and administrative positions in offices such as the Department of Medical Microbiology, Parasitology at the College of Medicine University of Lagos (CMUL) and the Lagos State Health Ministry. Sodiq is knowledgeable about industry-standard practices and deft at implementing them. He is a registered member of the Nigerian Society for Microbiology and Nigerian Red Cross Society.
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