Bosch and Founders Factory Africa have partnered to launch a competition targeted at smart mobility startups that are engaged in solving mobility issues in Africa for a chance to win a share of a cash prize of 30,000 US dollars and the opportunity to join a Bosch accelerator programme.
The top ten smart mobility startups finalists from Africa who are selected will have the opportunity to showcase their smart mobility solution in Johannesburg, South Africa on 4 November 2019.
The startups who intend to apply must be early-to-growth stage start-ups that have the potential to scale and deliver innovative smart mobility solutions across the specified themes, including:
a.) Connectivity and IoT solutions
b.) Vehicle renting and ride-sharing
c.) City infrastructure, logistics and distribution
d.) Clean energy and electric vehicles
e.) Insurance and data tracking systems
Potential areas of collaboration with Bosch
- Support on technology and product design
- Accessing data and analytics sets
- Accessing Bosch’s wide network of customers
- Piloting and testing with Smart Mobility teams
- And more to be explored once winners are chosen
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 the 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.”
Applications close on August 26, 2019, with final announcements made on September 30, 2019.