Cape start-up joins UK programme to improve transport systems
Cape-based start-up, GoMetro, is now part of an international programme to find solutions to the world’s biggest transport problems.
GoMetro has been accepted into a UK business support programme, the Intelligent Mobility Accelerator. The programme is a partnership between Transport Systems Catapult and Wayra UK.
Their goals are to attract start-ups, with high-growth potential, into the UK transport supply chain, and support them to grow into big international firms. The focus is on companies using an evidence-backed approach to solve transport problems like congestion.
The Intelligent Mobility Accelerator is a six-month programme. Start-ups have access to office space, an investor network and mentors.
GoMetro travelled to the UK in May 2017, as part of a trade mission of the Western Cape Government and Wesgro.
Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said GoMetro’s entry into the programme was a result of the trade mission.
I want to congratulate GoMetro on this exciting achievement. Their entry into the Intelligent Mobility Accelerator is another example of Western Cape firms gaining international recognition for their innovations. Countries across the world, including our own, struggle with transport problems. This has resulted in the emergence of start-up companies like GoMetro, who are making a positive contribution to the commuter experience.
Finding solutions to these transport challenges has become an international priority. The Intelligent Mobility Accelerator estimates that the global transport systems market is worth Pound 900 billion. GoMetro is helping to position the Western Cape as leader in this space.
Tim Harris, Wesgro CEO, said: GoMetro’s story shows how it is possible for a Western Cape start-up to make an impact on a global level. A smart idea driven by a capable team, who persevere year after year, can break through into new markets.
Source: Government of South Africa