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Nigerian Digital Logistics Platform Kobo360 Secures US$6M Investment From IFC

Nigerian Digital Logistics Platform Kobo360 Secures US$6M Investment From IFC


Nigerian Digital Logistics Platform Kobo360 Secures US$6M Investment From IFC

Kobo360 Inc, a tech-enabled e-logistics platform that connects the supply of trucks with the demand for transportation services by cargo owners in Nigeria has secured US$6 million from IFC.

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group led the investment which had participation from Silicon Valley investors WTI, Y Combinator, and African institutional investors Cardinal Stone Partners, Chandaria Capital, and TLcom.

The startup improves access to long-haul road freight services for large and small enterprises in the rapidly growing agribusiness, fast-moving consumer goods, and manufacturing sectors.

The company currently has 5,000 trucks empanelled on its platform, from over 600 small fleet owners, serving some of the largest enterprises in Nigeria.

“IFC is committed to supporting the digital economy and young entrepreneurs in Nigeria and across Africa. IFC’s investment in Kobo demonstrates how disruptive technologies can enhance the development of key sectors and contribute to Nigeria’s economic diversification. This is an innovative startup that is making company operations more efficient and lowering transport costs,” said Philippe Le Houérou, CEO of IFC.

Nigerian road freight accounts for 99 percent of long-haul transportation, a sector plagued by inefficiencies including low utilization of truck assets, low visibility on truck movement, lack of pricing transparency, and insufficient supply of trucks. Trips can take more than three times as long and cost twice the price in Nigeria compared with similar distance routes in the US. Kobo app solves these challenges and inefficiencies. 

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“We are excited to have our new investors to support us in redesigning transportation and logistics in Africa, and across Emerging Markets, by building a Global Logistics Operating System (G-LOS) to power new frontiers in trade and commerce. Our motivation remains to aggressively reduce logistics frictions for large enterprises and SMEs, and connect new markets, and in the process unlock better wellbeing and opportunities across communities,” said Obi Ozor, CEO and Founder of Kobo.

The transaction was announced today by Le Houérou and Ozor on the eve of the opening of the Next 100 African Startups Initiative. The program, launched in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Investment and International Cooperation and IFC, spotlights more than 100 promising African start-ups that will participate in the Africa 2018 Forum being held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt from December 8-10.

Kobo is among the successful startups sharing its experiences with even earlier stage startups, alongside international investors and financial institutions, government officials, and policymakers from the African continent. 

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