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From uncomfortable seating to the practically nonexistent schedules, travelling in Cameroon by public transportation is often a hassle. One startup is trying to make it easier for Cameroonians to reserve seats and purchase bus tickets while simultaneously rendering a real-time accounting solution to the transportation agencies involved. We recently caught up with Acha Nelson, Co-Founder and CEO of QuickTicket to give us a quick run-through of what his venture’s been up to.
Nelson’s definition of QuickTicket illustrates a strategic, two-pronged approach to the market…
“QuickTicket, located in Buea, Cameroon will serve the general public, providing a real time connection to agencies by allowing users to check bus schedules, reserve or purchase tickets, choose favorable seats, monitor the status of buses, check for parcel deliveries online and receive bus and delivery status updates via SMS.
In addition, QuickTicket aims to provides administrative, accounting and data analysis software to bus companies for inter-agency co-ordination and better management.”
On how ActivSpaces’ business acceleration program has affected QuickTicket, Nelson is very candid…
“It has been a bit tiring, but it has broadened my horizons and made me think more like an entrepreneur. I get to think not just of a simple product, but of a sustainable product that can serve not just the public, but also fit into the core problems of bus agencies and other companies, with revenue to finance its operations and make profit, while creating jobs for our society. I have had to ask my self the hard questions of why I do what I do, and what is the best thing for my startup, and the answers have revealed countless problems affecting many parts of the world and the best way to build my product in order to scale to an international company.”
The 12-week business acceleration program at ActivSpaces (the Activation BootCamp) equips startups for entry into the marketplace. Nelson’s outlook after the boot camp is optimistic…
“The most interesting part of our startup is that some clients and even the general public have taken a great interest in what we are doing and we have an offer to fund our start-up expenses. We also have a few other potential investors and it is interesting that our biggest potential investor is a Cameroonian, which is rare. Also we just discovered a competitor and a potential client has just declared us to be better, though we haven’t done a deal yet. We also have a lot of more features to developed. The only depressing part is that of financing. Before the boot camp, we never really thought we will need that much, but have already burned through what we prepared in the research and other trips. Hopefully, we will sort through all of that.”
QuickTicket is fresh out of the Activation Boot Camp and we’re looking forward to seeing what they’ll be achieving in the coming weeks and months. If you would like to stay updated, grab their details below.
Location: Buea, Cameroon
Founded: January 2013
As QuickTicket prepares its entry into the marketplace, we’re seeking partnerships, support and mentoring. Check out our public profiles, support us on Vc4Africa, and help us make it happen!
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