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Bosch, Founders Factory earmark US$30,000 to support African smart mobility startups

African smart mobility startups Dial Jack
Ride-hailing startups like Dial Jack can apply. Image credit: Dial Jack/Facebook.

German multinational technology company Bosch has partnered with Founders Factory Africa to support African startups developing or running smart mobility solutions.

The duo has put aside a US$30,000 cash prize. Startups will also get a chance to join an accelerator programme run by Bosch.

Some of the technologies they are looking at include 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.

Applications will close on Aug. 26 after which 10 startups will be selected. They will then travel to Johannesburg, South Africa for a November 4 face-off.

“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,” said Yves Nono, vice president for mobility solutions sales in Africa at Bosch, according to Disrupt Africa.

“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,” said Roo Rogers, chief executive officer (CEO) of Founders Factory Africa, according to Disrupt Africa.

African smart mobility startups interested can apply here.

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