Taxido is the latest ride-hailing startup to join the African market. That is according to the conversation I have heard with the team. The startup kick-started operations on September 1, 2018, in three markets at a go; Kenya, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Though Taxido hasn't yet made a formal announcement of its entry into the markets, they are already hiring drivers.
They started recruiting of drivers in Kenya (Nairobi and Mombasa) and Zimbabwe (Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls) a few weeks ago. In Uganda, they started today [10/09/2018] at Super Paradise Hotel in Mengo, Kampala.
But, they informed me that they will officially launch in each market at later dates. In Nairobi, it will be on September 18, 2018, while for Kampala, the date is September 27, 2018.
"Official User Product Launches will be done within the first two weeks of October both in Kampala and Nairobi as well as Mombasa," Taxido wrote. For Zimbabwe, they are not yet sure of the dates.
Beyond the three countries, they are also looking at expanding across the continent. Cameroon, Gabon, Mozambique, and Madagascar are some of those on top of their radar.
"We are also considering Libreville, Yaounde, Maputo, and Antananarivo," they said.
But also added that "these locations are still under deliberations and we shall [have] a good idea about expansion given we get our investors approval. So by January, we will know where we shall go next."
They also confirmed to me that the startup was founded by Dr. Climate Irungu Wiseman Ph.D., a Prophet at Bishop Climate Ministries and headquartered in London.