MAX Nigeria was among the 15 African companies which pitched at TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa 2018. Taking the stage at the event were panels from industry investors, Main One, and speakers from facebook.
TechCrunch came to Sub-Saharan Africa for the second time. Last year, they held their first ever Startup Battlefield in Nairobi, Kenya. This year, it held in Lagos, Nigeria.
MAX is a startup transforming moto-taxi mobility in Africa using mobile apps, inclusive data-driven asset-finance, and a comprehensive driver on-boarding program that uses machine learning and psychometric tests to profile drivers and create credit scores for them.
MAX enables financial inclusion for drivers, prioritizes safety, and uses IoT technology to track all drivers in real-time.
The top 15 companies were selected from several hundred startups across the region. They competed on stage for a $25,000 equity-free grand prize, a trip for two to TechCrunch Disrupt San Francisco 2019, and the coveted title of “Africa’s Favorite Startup.”
Founders and representatives of the startups that pitched received intensive coaching from the TechCrunch team, refined their pitches, business models, and honed their presentation skills.
For each of the three semi-final rounds, teams pitched their startup for six minutes, with a live demo, followed by a rigorous Q&A with the panel of expert judges.
After judge deliberations, MAX and few other companies made it to the Startup Battlefield Finals. The teams competed with the same pitch but a more intensive Q&A with new judges.
MAX is a mobility startup that uses technology to make moto-taxis safe, affordable and accessible to underserved communities in Africa, using mobile apps, inclusive asset-finance and safety hardware.