Among the attendees were notable figures like Neddy Munyasi, Commercial Vertical Lead – Multinational Corporations at SAFARICOM and Nashon Kondiwa, Director ICT and Innovation at National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).
Founded by the visionary duo, Wycliffe Omondi and Sonia Kabra, the company embarked on its journey as Magic Bus Ticketing. Initially positioned as a B2C entity, BuuPass faced reluctance from bus companies accustomed to manual ticketing systems.
This led to a transformative pivot, morphing into a dynamic B2B2CC platform that offers a holistic bus management system to various operators.
This evolution not only streamlined operations but opened a marketplace that allows passengers to effortlessly book and compare ticket prices across numerous bus operators, ushering in a new era of convenience and efficiency.
Today, BuuPass stands as a beacon of innovation, managing a robust fleet of 1,200 vehicles across 25 diverse bus companies, and processing a staggering 12,000 transactions daily across various booking channels. Its contribution to the sector has not gone unnoticed.
Lauding the company’s contribution, Lazarus Thuo, Director of Greenline Safaris, remarked, “Since adopting BuuPass’s online ticketing platform, our business operations have become significantly streamlined, especially on the management front.
Monitoring and record-keeping have become a breeze, enabling us to efficiently track staff, drivers, income, and expenses from anywhere in the country.”
Adding to the accolades, Nashon Kondiwa, an authority figure from NTSA, highlighted the platform’s prowess in utilizing data analytics to monitor driver behaviour, which has been instrumental in driving down operational costs by a significant margin.
Earlier this year, BuuPass garnered significant momentum securing $1.3 million in pre-seed funding, with generous contributions from a host of reputable investors including Founders Factory Africa, FrontEnd Ventures, Adaverse, Gullit, Five35, Renew Capital, Changecom, XA Network, Ajim Capital, Artha Ventures, Daba Finance, Google Black Founders Fund, among others.
This influx of capital signifies a vote of confidence in BuuPass’s groundbreaking journey, propelling it to continue reshaping the transportation landscape in Kenya and potentially beyond.
As BuuPass continues to forge forward, it retains its commitment to revolutionizing the transport industry, making strides toward a future where booking a bus ticket is not just a transaction, but a seamless, pleasant experience for all.
Co-CEO of BuuPass, Sonia Kabra shared the company’s strategic plans for the newly acquired funding. “We intend to leverage these funds for expansion and growth activities, solidifying our market presence in East Africa, with a particular focus on Kenya and Uganda.
We plan to assemble a team of growth-focused professionals and technology experts to develop scalable systems, positioning us to become a pan-African infrastructure hub for long-distance transportation.”