By Juliet Umeh
Nigeria’s ride-hailing company, Pickmeup Technologies Inc, was recently, named among the top start-ups to watch globally in 2021.
The company was nominated by a global start-up community, Startup Grind, for meeting transportation challenges through technology.
Startup Grind is a start-up community designed to educate, inspire and connect entrepreneurs, features startups from several countries across the world and in a number of sectors ranging from software as a service, SaaS, artificial intelligence, AI, financial technology, fintech, clean energy, travel, entertainment to telecommunications among others.
Among the countries nominated, Europe and the United States dominate the 15-startup list with just one from Asia, Hong Kong.
Pickmeup was the only company from Africa shortlisted by the company.
The Startup Grind Team said: “Pickmeup is merging everyday personal needs into an easy-to-use digital platform for under-developed emerging markets, starting with mobility.
“The startup has been developed to combat the current ride-hailing challenges faced by urban and rural users. Designed with a simplistic UI for users with multi-language support, it is an all-rounded dependable
platform for customers and drivers.”
The selected companies joined Startup Grind Global Conference that took place recently.
The summit was a private bootcamp-style event designed exclusively for Startup Grind members.
Pickmeup CEO and Founder, Mike Okaredje said the start-up is super excited to have its work recognised by Startup Grind.
Okaredje said: “We look forward to connecting with great start-ups and leaders from innovative teams.”
Among other activities that took place at the summit were roundtable discussions, hands-on workshops, and investor-led keynotes.
The event concluded with Demo Day that afforded Pickemup and other companies the opportunity to pitch potential investors present including Y Combinator, DCM, Union Square Ventures, Antler, Maven, Initialized – as well as leaders from innovative teams at Oracle, Toptal, Fiverr, Productboard, GitLab, and more.