Cameroonian mobility startup in motorcycle transport and product delivery, Bee Group, has secured funding of $90k to expand its program to improve mobility in Africa. Cameroon Angel Network (CAN) and Catalytic Africa, a new endowment fund established by African Business Angles Network (ABAN) led the round.
Bee Group was launched by Patrick Timani and Vinoth Sarun in 2018 with the mission of formalizing the motorcycle industry in French-speaking Africa.
By formalizing, Bee aims to improve motorbike taxi transportation, which is one of the biggest sources of urban disorder in Cameroon’s commercial metropolis.
Bee currently offers mobility around Douala Cameroon. Users can conveniently hail a motorcycle ride with the tap of a button and have a Driver (rider) pick them or their packages off at your destination.
Bee Group has been able to establish a VIP motorcycle taxi service. The Bee Sarl app connects consumers with motorcycle taxis and drivers for their travels via a mobile app or a contact center.
According to an official press release, “Bee officially joins the startups sponsored by the innovation center activSpaces, which connects them with its partner Cameroon Angel Network (CAN) as a result of this funding.”
Unlike ordinary motorcycle taximen, drivers of the Bee network are recognizable by their yellow jackets and black helmets. This protective equipment is also provided for each customer. At the end of the race, customers also have the option of rating their drivers, on parameters such as punctuality at the meeting or the manner of driving.
Bee plans to use the new funding to expand into the DRC and Ivory Coast, as well as launch new offerings starting in 2022.