Velani Mboweni
Cape Town - Hedging their bets on the success of e-hailing services Uber and Taxify, the Cape Town-based company Lüla has an app that connects companies with private shuttles which provide transport for their workers.

Founder and chief executive Velani Mboweni said the company was working on pilot programmes with companies to provide “safe, affordable and convenient transport”.

Cape Town is fast positioning itself as the tech hub of Africa with innovative start-up companies springing up almost monthly.

This week, 10 start-up tech company finalists pitched to investors and tech gurus at the Startupbootcamp AfriTech demo day, where these companies were able to showcase their business ideas based on finance, insurance and transport.

“Passengers are able to be more productive and relaxed knowing that their shuttle will pick them up on time and deliver them to their door, relieving them from having to walk long distances after hours in unsafe areas,” said Mboweni.

He added that the system was the first cashless, mobile payments ticketing system for shared transport.

Since the launch of the application, Lüla has attracted seven companies’ attention with a combined pool of around 20000 workers.

Akiba Digital is a financial savings platform and personal savings coach that uses artificial intelligence (AI) machine learning and gamification.

The app is aimed at tech savvy millennials who struggle to save money. Co-founder Kamogelo Kekana said the app was a financial education distribution platform powered by a digital coach, Gugu.

“Tools include incentivising positive spending and savings behaviours, financial literacy, and behavioural coaching and accountability via Gugu, delivered in a fun and quirky gamified experience,” said Kekana.

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