BuuPass Raises $1.3 Million for Digital Expansion
Kenyan mobility startup BuuPass has raised $1.3 million in a funding round to expand and scale its digital infrastructure for long-distance transportation across East Africa, with a primary focus on Kenya and Uganda.
Co-CEO, Sonia Kabra, stated that the funding would allow BuuPass to invest in growth activities and increase its market share in the region. The startup plans to hire more staff, particularly on the growth side, and technology experts to build scalable systems, with the long-term goal of becoming a pan-African infrastructure for long-distance transportation.
BuuPass founded in 2016 by Sonia Kabra and Wycliffe Omondi with the aim of providing a seamless and convenient online platform for booking bus tickets and related travel services. The startup has since expanded its services to include cab-hailing, tour bookings, and package delivery.
BuuPass has also partnered with various transportation companies to digitise their operations and provide customers with real-time information on bus schedules, ticket availability, and travel routes.
The latest funding round was led by Zephyr Acorn, a US-based venture capital firm, with participation from Global Ventures, Kepple Africa Ventures, and a group of angel investors. BuuPass plans to use the funds to scale up its operations, increase its market share, and expand its range of services.
The startup also aims to enhance its technology infrastructure, improve the customer experience, and provide more value-added services to its clients.
The transportation sector in East Africa has seen significant disruption in recent years, with the rapid growth of digital platforms and the increasing demand for convenient and affordable transportation services.
BuuPass with its innovative approach to digitising the long-disThe startup has already achieved significant success in Kenya, with over 600,000 bookings made on its platform to date, and plans to expand its services to other countries in the region.
The $1.3 million funding raised by BuuPass is a significant milestone for the startup, as it seeks to expand and scale its digital infrastructure for long-distance transportation across East Africa.
With a strong focus on customer experience and technology innovation, BuuPass is a leading player in the region’s mobility sector, and a major contributor to the growth of digital infrastructure across the continent.