Transportation is a major sticking point in many African cities and there are quite a number of startups scattered continent-wide trying to address travel logistics in their local markets.
One of these companies is Egypt’s Halan, founded in 2017 by Ahmed Mohsen and Mounir Nakhla.
Halan is a fast-growing ride-sharing technology company, offering transport and logistics solutions to provide people with a fast, affordable and reliable means of transportation.
It is the first application in Egypt and Sudan that allows citizens to order a motorcycle or tok tok that they can always rely on and this has already facilitated over three million rides across several places in Egypt and Sudan.
On their website, their functions are described thus , “Halan delivery platform is a platform created to satisfy a huge gap in our daily routine. From delivering business letters or food from your favourite restaurants, to forgotten keys at home, or even your new fridge from the store to your apartment. You name it, locate it and we’ll deliver it for you.”
Even though ride-hailing still remains Halan’s most popular service, the Egyptian startup is following the trend to add more services with the aim of becoming the super app of the region and creating hundreds of job opportunities in the process.
According to the company’s CEO, “Halan will be the region’s de facto super app. Mobility will remain our fastest growing vertical for now, paving the way for much needed solutions that cater to both individuals and businesses”, he said.
The startup secured a “multi-million dollar” funding round in 2018, from the likes of Singapore’s Battery Road Digital Holdings and Egypt’s Algebra Ventures, with a view to pressing on with expansion to further markets. They are currently partnering with big names in the fastfood industry including McDonald’s, KFC. Pizza Hut and Hardees to deliver foods on their behalf in Egypt.
Halan claims to be the biggest delivery service of Egypt in terms of fleet size and they are also working on offering express logistics services to some of the largest ecommerce platforms in Egypt.