It has been quite a year for Nigerian e-courier startup Metro Africa Express (MAX), which only formally launched in August of 2015.
Since then the startup, which was formed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been named runner-up at the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield event in London and named a “Top 12 Global Inclusive Growth Idea” by the World Economic Forum (WEF) and the Harvard Center for International Development.
It followed that up by becoming the first African team to gain admission into the Techstars startup accelerator programme in New York, raised a funding round of almost US$1 million in March, and last week completed the acquisition of another startup as it prepares to roll out its own food delivery service.
Quite a year. But what is all the fuss about. At its core, MAX is a delivery platform similar to the likes of WumDrop and Sendy. The hyper-local delivery platform provides ordering apps, payment processing and last-mile delivery support to retail businesses and mobile consumers.
Yet it also goes a step further. MAX guarantees 30-minute food delivery and three-hour package delivery on its cloud-based logistics platform, accepts online and offline payments, and simplifies navigation using its proprietary GPS addressing system.