This year, an African Start-up is competing for the first time in Disrupt TechCrunch history and is ready to go head to head with Europe’s crème de la crème of technology developments.
The TechCrunch Disrupt conference was all abuzz at the Copper Box Arena in Olympic Park. Tech gurus and nerds alike had gathered around to see what is new this year in the technology world and to scope out the start-ups battling it out on the Start-up Battlefield for the top prize of €30,000 and a shiny new disrupt trophy.
The conference is held every year in different cities in the world. This year London is a proud host to the innovative event and it is about time as most start-ups that compete at Disrupt TechCrunch hail from right here in London and various cities in Europe like Germany, France and The Netherlands.
Nigerian Delivery Service, Max was founded by Adetayo Bamiduro and Chinedu Azodoh. Both are engineers with Business degrees from MIT and both have an exemplary resume of past work experience with PriceWaterHouseCoopers, Goldman Sachs and Barclays Bank.
They saw a missing niche in Nigeria in terms of efficient delivery of goods across the country and the West African region and sought out to fill that niche. Max is an online courier service based in Lagos, Nigeria. It comfortably allows you to have your goods delivered and ensure a secure pick up in a maximum of three hours at the touch of a button.
In addition, the online platform uses an API (Application Program Interface) that links it to text messaging and pricing is based on the distance instead of the weight. This puts them a step ahead of typical courier services like DHL and UPS who base prices more on weight than distance.
Adetayo pitched his start up to a large crowd stating that, “We are really excited because Max creates thousands of job opportunities for young people and not just in Nigeria but all over the continent of Africa.”
An online delivery service may not seem as such a great advancement to most people in the Western worlds. For Africa though, a service as simple as a delivery service, that is available online, is efficient and affordable; this is gold. Such an innovation would be expected to come from the Silicon Valley.
Nigeria, though not particularly known for its technological prowess, is one of the more progressive countries on the continent thanks to their production of oil. It is good to see them start to make a name for themselves in the tech world. If Adetayo and Chinedu win the grand prize, they will go down in history as pioneers who put Africa on the global technology map.
The start-up is currently in its first round at the Battlefield, with the second round taking place tomorrow where the companies will have a question and answer session with tech expert judges.