Nigerian mobility startup Shuttlers raises $1.6m seed spherical to scale throughout Africa

Nigerian tech-enabled mobility startup Shuttlers has raised a US$1.6 million seed spherical and shared plans to scale operations throughout cities in Africa. 

Based in 2016 by Damilola Olokesusi, Shuttlers permits commuters to maneuver in consolation alongside chosen routes at inexpensive charges, with journeys alongside fastened routes going for as much as 80 per cent decrease than different ride-hailing companies. 

Commuters are additionally capable of take cost of their schedules with Shuttlers’ subscription characteristic which permits them to guide rides prematurely over an prolonged interval of alternative. To date, the startup has facilitated over 5 million journeys.

It’s now set to scale additional after elevating a US$1.6 million seed spherical led by VestedWorld, a Chicago-based, Africa-focused enterprise capital firm, and in addition that includes Interswitch, Rising Tide Africa, Launch Africa Ventures, EchoVC Companions, CMC 21, Alsa, ShEquity, Five35, Consonance, CcHub Syndicate, Sakore, and Nikky Tarus.

Shuttlers will make investments this spherical into scaling its operations to different cities throughout Nigeria first, after which different cities in Africa. The corporate may even look to optimise its processes and remedy present inefficiencies with entry to extra technological options. 

“These are thrilling occasions for us at Shuttlers, and I’ll prefer to take the chance to thank our buyers for believing in what we’re constructing. This increase will assist in furthering our mission at Shuttlers to remodel the best way folks commute all over the world, by constructing a worldwide companion community and connecting communities of shuttlers like we’re presently doing in Lagos,” stated Olokesusi.

“Anybody who has ever lived in a serious metropolis in Africa can attest to the back-breaking affect of inefficient mobility. The transport choices obtainable to the plenty in Africa are very substandard as compared to what’s obtainable within the extra developed world. It’s straight linked to a poor high quality of life, psychological well being, and finally diminished productiveness. The affect is much more extreme on the extra weak inhabitants in our society; ladies, kids, bodily challenged, and the aged – and Shuttlers may be very keen about making certain inclusion for these teams of commuters. I’m assured that our tech-enabled mobility options can remedy a few of these city mobility challenges sustainably.”

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