The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) Startup Accelerator call for startups has been opened today. Startups in the urban mobility sector can now apply on www.tumi.c4dlab.ac.ke. Selected startups will get in kind support of equivalent value of up to $20,000. The application process will run for one month and close on 15th November 2018.

TUMI Startup Accelerator is looking for startups that offer transformative, practical, well researched and possibly tested solutions to urban mobility challenges in African Cities. The selected startups will be incubated in C4DLab for five months. During this period, they will receive coaching and mentorship from local and international transport experts. The startups will also get an opportunity to pitch and exhibit at the prestigious Nairobi Innovation Week in 2019. To sum up the package, they will exclusively get links with investors, partners and receive kind support of equivalent value of up to $20,000.

The call for startups has been made by the TUMI Startup Accelerator, an incubation hub in the Computing for Development Lab (C4DLab). C4DLab is the innovation and incubation lab of the University of Nairobi in Kenya. The hub provides technical and financial support towards provision of transformative solutions to urban mobility challenges.

This comes after C4DLab was awarded as a winner of the Global Urban Mobility Challenge 2018 courtesy of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative which is a consortium of World leading organisations. C4DLab therefore came up with the TUMI Startup Accelerator to support startups provide transformative urban mobility solutions that can offer more travel options, reduce the travel time, cost, risk of transportation and provide comfort for its users. This comes in the rise of a need to have inclusive mobility options especially for people with disabilities and other special needs groups. The innovations will help to reduce harmful emissions and promote efficient energy use in African cities.

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