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All posts tagged "WhereIsMyTransport"

  • New mapping tool like Strava for public transport planners says GoMetro founder

    Cape Town mobility startup GoMetro yesterday launched a new self-service application for transport planners to better map and plan transport routes. The startup will partner with Italian company GMG Technology to help distribute the app in foreign markets. Speaking at a launch at the MEST Incubator in Cape Town, the startup's CEO and founder Justin Coetzee called the new business intelligence and planning platform that his team has spent two years working on "like Strava, but for public transport". The platform links to a data manager and planning tool that produces maps and graphs in real time from data collected via a smartphone app. Transport planners and software developers can use the service...

  • WhereIsMyTransport ‘okay’, despite retrenchments, disgruntled employees

    Investors in public transport data and technology startup WhereIsMyTransport say they are happy with the progress the company is making, despite a recent round of retrenchments and negative comments by former employees on Glassdoor.com suggesting that the company is in trouble. The Cape Town and London-based company retrenched several staff members last year, while former employees suggested in reviews on Glassdoor.com in January as well as December last year that the company was "an empty shell" and "going nowhere" after five years. 'Happy with progress' Bombardier, which together with the Global Innovation Fund (GIF) and Goodwell Investments last year (see this story) invested £1.2-million ($1.5-million)...

  • WhereIsMyTransport, Facebook to run hackathon series in five African cities

    SA mobility startup WhereIsMyTransport has partnered with Facebook for Developers to tomorrow host the the Connect Hackathon Series in five cities across the continent. In a press release today, WhereIsMyTransport said the first event is set to take place at the Global Entepreneurship Network's 22 on Sloane campus in Johannesburg from tomorrow (19 January) until Sunday. Hosted across four additional cities including Kampala, Dar es Salaam, Kigali and Nairobi, the Connect series will bring together diverse developers and startups looking to build innovative location-aware applications to address the challenges and opportunities of moving people and goods in the region's cities. The first Connect...

  • Funding your startup: Ventureburn lists the SA investors delivering [2018 update]

    For entrepreneurs wanting to find early-stage funding, this is the article for you. As there is generally a veil of secrecy surrounding funding and startups, there is often smoke and mirrors in the industry, with many claiming to be "investors".  Ventureburn has sifted through the South African landscape and brought you the investors that are putting the money where their mouths are, and investing in the startup industry. Make sure to keep checking back on this article. We will constantly be updating it with new funds as the startup space grows in South Africa. Also, with your comments and suggestions we hope...

  • Here are the 15 SA tech startups that have netted $137.7m in 2017 deals

    South African tech startups have concluded deals valued at over $137.7-million so far this year, shows data tracked by Ventureburn. Ventureburn has tracked and reported on 15 deals valued at over $137.7-million to date in 2017 -- including the $123-million acquisition in May of Cape Town startup GetSmarter by US listed company 2U. In all 12 of these deals involved Cape Town based startups, with one each based in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Stellenbosch. If one excludes the GetSmarter deal, 14 tech startups have been able to raise $14.7-million this year (see the below graphic). In a further three deals reported on by Ventureburn the parties did not...

  • Cape Town startup WhereIsMyTransport in $1.5m in funding round

    Public transport data and technology startup WhereIsMyTransport has received a collective investment of £1.2-million ($1.5-million) from the Global Innovation Fund (GIF), Goodwell Investments and Bombardier. The investment has been secured as the Cape Town and London based company completes the digital mapping of informally run public transport in South Africa’s major metropolitan areas, the company said in a press release on Monday. In recognition of these achievements, WhereIsMyTransport earlier this month received the International Transport Forum “Promising Transport Innovation Award” and a place in the prestigious NewCities “Global Urban Innovators” initiative. 'We are delighted to welcome Global Innovation Fund, Goodwell Investments, Bombardier to...

  • Y4PT Hackathon series found its Cape Town representative

    International pitching competition Youth for Public Transportation (Y4PT) Hackathon concluded its Cape Town event on 6 March. It focuses on mobility and takes place in 20 major cities around the world. Y4PT was held in partnership with WhereIsMyTransport, the Bandwidth Barn, KAT-O, and Women in Tech. "This hackathon was our first to showcase what can be done with integrated transport data, and the power of an open platform," said the co-founder of WhereIsMyTransport, Devin de Vries, in a press release to Ventureburn. Teams could compete in four categories which included Integrated Mobility, Healthy Mobility, Inclusive Mobility and Future Mobility. The winners from various countries will compete in...

  • Ventureburn’s top 5 tech startups in South Africa of 2015

    There's no doubt that 2015 has been an exciting year for South African innovation. Out of the hundreds of companies building exciting new products and services, five stand out for their innovative solutions, impact, and sustainability as businesses. "Its been a great year for startup South Africa, which started on a high with the January sale of Stellenbosch-based iKubu to Nasdaq-listed Garmin and has ended with the recently announced sale of Kapa BioSystems," echoes Vuyisa Qabaka from Abaphumeleli Business Consultants, who assisted with nominations. Other judges Ventureburn consulted with include CEO of Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative Ian Merrington, Knife Capital's...

  • Data startup WhereIsMyTransport scoops up 2015 Global Grand MobiPrize

    South African data startup WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT) has been awarded the 2015 Global Grand MobiPrize. The award further establishes the company's role as an activist against climate change. Having taken place in New Delhi, India, the awards ceremony is part of the Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation (SMART) initiative at the University of Michigan in the US. SMART seeks to honour businesses that have both environmental and economic impact through sustainable transportation and new mobility. WIMT is behind a platform for smart urban transport in the emerging regions of the globe. It aims to connect cities, operators, and commuters for...

  • WhereIsMyTransport releases innovative public transport app in Tshwane

    Backed by a fresh new website and Knife Capital's Grindstone accelerator programme, South African startup WhereIsMyTransport (WIMT) is today releasing its urban transportation and journey planner app called Findmyway to commuters in Tshwane, South Africa. Based on live data from participating transport operators in the city, the app gives users various routes and modes they can take, arranged by cost or travel time. Read more: These are Grindstone’s 13 tech startups for 2015 Findmyway also includes an interface where commuters can communicate directly with government about delays, accidents, or service delivery, and cities can make announcements to update users about road conditions...