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GoMetro seems to be on the right track. The transport data startup from Cape Town, South Africa has just announced that it’s been short-listed in two categories in the international 2014 Meffys awards.
The renowned Meffys international awards competition seeks to reward innovation in the mobile ecosystem. It’s said to have attracted over 250 entries across 30 countries across 13 categories, which includes mHealth, Mobile Education and Big Data.
GoMetro will be competing in the Social Responsibility & Development category with its GoMetro USSD service (*120*4668#), as well as the Innovation in a Growth Market category with its GoMetro Mobile Website.
If you’re not yet familiar with the three-year old company, GoMetro captures and curates transport data to make critical information freely available to commuters in Cape Town and other South African cities. While currently focused on public train data, the startup is looking to expand to other transport services as well.
GoMetro’s achievement comes on the back of having a good run in the last few months. Apart from winning African startup by Get In The Ring (GITR) earlier this week, it’s also been named one of the top ten startups of DEMO Africa 2013 and as well as PwC’s Vision to Reality Awards.
CEO and Founder Justin Coetzee said that this international exposure increases both GoMetro’s validation and confidence:
“This short-listing completely validates our hard work, belief in the product and what we set out to achieve. We are confident that we can compete and win on an international stage with an African solution for a global problem. This announcement also pre-empts the launch of our new Transit+ product, which will be a game changer. We are excitedly counting down to the 1st of October, the start of National Transport Month, to reveal all!”
Part of MEF Global Forum 2014’s three-day event, the Meffys will be taking place on 19 November in San Francisco. To get a better idea of what GoMetro is up against, take a look at the full list of finalists.