A Kenyan on-line platform for reviewing and shopping for bus tickets in Africa has accomplished a seed spherical.
Past ticketing, QuickBus lets customers evaluation and fee experiences on bus journey platforms, Wamda reviews. They’re presently in operations in Kenya, Uganda, and Angola, and have secured partnerships in seven international locations. Routes out there on the platform embody Nairobi to Kampala, and Mombasa to Nairobi.
The spherical was led by Shorooq Companions, a enterprise fund based mostly within the United Arab Emirates. Different companies that participated embody Nigerias Echo VC and Oman Expertise Fund (OTF). The quantity raised was undisclosed, in line with Wamda.
QuickBus guarantees to supply Africans essentially the most uncomplicated and hassle-free reserving expertise by reserving your tickets in just some clicks. Customers pays for bus journeys on the platform through one in all three choices: bank card, cell cash and web banking.
Humphrey Wrey, the startups CEO, says they’ve labored intently with bus operators, and processed at the least $40,000 value of tickets between February and Might 2019.
The Nairobi-based startup joins a nascent African long-distance mobility area which has a large potential, in line with Kunal Savjani, associate at Shorooq Companions. Savjani says they’d been actively finding out the East African market to see who was main the best way within the sector based mostly on developments from different rising markets.
A younger startup with barely any media mentions, QuickBus says it has partnered with main tech corporations like Visa, Stripe, Mpesa and vehicle large Mercedes. Wrey is an EQ fellow, an initiative of Mercedes Benz. He leads a group that lays claims to over ten years of govt expertise in on-line bus gross sales.
Shorooq companions invests in seed-stage ventures run by entrepreneurs within the Center East, North Africa and Turkey, per their web site.