Gozem, a ride-hailing platform for West Africa, has raised a pre-series A round from Asia Africa Investment & Consulting (AAIC) and announced the launch of health services inside its app.
The transport, payment and delivery app will be working with AAIC’s portfolio of companies to identify and launch the best suited health-related services for Francophone sub-Saharan Africa.
In a statement, Shigeru Handa, Director of AAIC said: “Gozem is one of the most achieved Super Apps we’ve seen so far in Africa with its strong team. We will put our knowledge and facilitate access to our portfolio companies to accelerate added value to its Super App ecosystem. We have invested in innovative companies which enhance the accessibility of the healthcare ecosystem to more people, including telehealth, online pharma and insurance. We are excited to work with Gozem for building a solid healthcare ecosystem.“
Gozem will propose the new Health services in their existing markets, Togo and Benin, as well as all the markets they will open in 2021 including Gabon and Cameroon.
“Gozem will benefit from AAIC’s strong experience in the health industry in Africa. We value investors that join us to make a difference with a unique value proposition,” said Gregory Costamagna, Co-Founder of Gozem.
The firm has also entered into a partnership with Coris Bank International Togo to launch a vehicle financing program to help drivers access affordable motorcycles.
The asset-financing partnership will give Gozem driver-partners access to low-interest loans for the purchase of new motorcycles. Gozem Vehicle Financing Solutions will give its partner bank access to its riders Credit Scoring, KYC, Tracking, Daily Payment and Default Collections.
The deal is open to any high-performing Gozem driver and will enable them to access new, high-quality vehicles and re-pay the balance outstanding daily via their Gozem wallets.
“We are committed to supporting our drivers to ensure their success, not only in terms of increasing profits, but more importantly by providing them with opportunities to truly transform their standard of living in a sustainable way.
“This financing agreement with Gozem is a testament to the bank’s drive to offer innovative services to all market segments. Through this partnership, Coris Bank International Togo will support a key informal sector participant, zemidjan drivers, in building and growing profitable businesses on the Gozem platform. We are pleased to continue to offer solutions to all segments of the population,“ said Alassane Kabore, Managing Director of Coris Bank International Togo.