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South Africa’s GoMetro has recently been named the winning African startup by Get In The Ring (GITR) in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The transport and data app has been on a roll of late, recently named one of the top ten startups of DEMO Africa 2013 and as well as PwC’s Vision to Reality Awards recently.
Speaking to Ventureburn, Justin Coetzee, the founder of GoMetro, notes the massive confidence boost this recent win brings to the three-year-old Cape Town-based company:
“This is a massive validation for the ability to come up with an idea and build it at the tip of Africa that can solve a problem that is globally applicable. Our team has been working very hard over the last few months to deliver a global solution.”
— BiD Network (@bidnet) September 18, 2014
The startup has global ambitions. With GITR’s mighty sum of €1 000 000 (R15 000 000), the company should be able to expand its market beyond South Africa’s. Taking place in November, over 2 000 startups from around 50 countries will compete for their share of the cash as well as international investors’ recognition.
As initially briefed when it entered the awards, GoMetro captures and curates transport data. The aim is to make significant information freely available to residents of Cape Town, South Africa. The solution is a mobile app and service that is free to use, and captures, manages and presents transport information for the rail network in Cape Town.
Take a look at GoMetro’s introductory video: