Bolt, Nigeria’s foremost ride-hailing company, successfully concluded its innovative Bolt Den initiative as part of the Bolt Accelerator Program. The awards ceremony recognized the top 10 creative ideas from its driver community, with each selected driver receiving a €2,000 seed fund to support their entrepreneurial ventures.
The Bolt Den initiative aimed to empower drivers beyond traditional ride-hailing services, contributing to entrepreneurial roles and fostering economic growth throughout Nigeria. The program, which provided a total of €25,000 in seed funding, signifies Bolt’s commitment to economically empower its driver community.
Caroline Wanjihia, Bolt’s Regional Director for Africa and International Markets, emphasized Nigeria’s significance as the pioneering market for the Bolt Accelerator Program. The initiative focuses on economic empowerment within the Nigerian driver community, with plans to expand its impact to other African markets.
Thompson Ekawu Ogar, an award-winning driver from Kaduna, expressed gratitude for the transformative experience and shared his vision for a solar energy initiative aimed at creating jobs and reducing fossil fuel use across Africa.
Bolt Den Initiative: Insights into Selecting the Top 10 Drivers
The Bolt Den initiative received an overwhelming response, with 1,600 applications reflecting the enthusiasm for sustainable transport solutions aligned with Bolt’s Africa City Vision. The top 20 drivers underwent an intensive business development boot camp, with the top 10 drivers presenting inventive business solutions at a pitch session.
The grand awards ceremony, held on November 21st at Lagos’s Oriental Hotel, revealed the top 10 drivers who each received a €2,000 seed fund and access to a 6-week business mentorship program. The ceremony was attended by esteemed personalities, including government representatives and industry leaders, endorsing the initiative’s impact on Nigeria’s transportation sector.
The Bolt Accelerator Program’s Award Day celebrated resilience, innovation, and a collective commitment to revolutionizing urban mobility. Bolt’s continuous efforts underscore its role in driving economic growth, fostering innovation, and empowering individuals in shaping the future of shared mobility across Africa.
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