QuickBus, an online marketplace ticketing system received the funding from Shrooq Partners with participation from other investors including EchoVC and the Oman Technology Fund (OTF).
“When you book a bus, you should know more than the price and the destination, you should also know more about the experience you’re going to have. That’s how it is in other parts of the world and Africa shouldn’t be any different,” said Humphrey Wrey, founder and chief executive officer (CEO) of QuickBus.
With operations in Kenya, Uganda, and Angola, the firm is set to esxpand into seven major markets across Africa and then expand across the entire sub-Saharan Africa region within three years.
QuickBus will compete Kenya’s BuuPass which has been operational for some time in the market. Earlier, BookNow, shut down its operations due to lack of follow on funding. Long-distance bus companies rely on their social media presence to sell their seats and some have gone ahead to build in-house systems to do so.
QuickBus might be the savior they needed to save on costs and staff to run these systems and increase their sales. Partners, especially long-distance bus operators with routes to western Kenya and Coastal towns including Mombasa will offer passengers the ability to book seats at introductory fares of Sh950.
Some of these partners include firms such as Greenline Limited, Trinity Express and Imani Coach.
Kunal Savjani Partner at Shorooq Partners.
“Having grown up and operated businesses in the region I have experienced first-hand that the opportunity in the long-distance mobility space in Africa is massive and having seen this segment disrupted in other emerging markets we were actively studying the East African market to see who was leading the way. This is when we met QuickBus and its strong management team, which made us firm believers in their ability to execute and dominate this space,” said