Halan, Africa’s fastest growing app; 1 million downloads, 10 million rides
Halan is the fastest growing startup in Africa. The ride-hailing and on-demand logistics app is on its way to being MEA’s first ‘super app’.
Halan, Egypt’s first tuk tuk and motorcycle ride-hailing and on-demand logistics app, is the fastest growing startup in Africa. Since its launch in November 2017, Halan has gained unparalleled traction, achieving 1 million downloads and facilitating a total of 10 million rides, with 7 million rides in the last 3 months alone. Building on a successful cross-border expansion to Sudan, Halan is launching in new markets across Africa and the Middle East.
Ranked as one of Forbes’ top 19 innovative tech startups to watch in 2019, Halan provides safe, affordable and reliable means of transportation within underserved communities that are rarely catered to by their counterparts. Already generating thousands of job opportunities per month, the startup aims to empower more than 100,000 individuals by 2020.
Founder and CEO, Mounir Nakhla, was selected to join the Global Endeavor Network during the 85th International Selection Panel (ISP) last February in San Francisco. Nakhla is a veteran entrepreneur with deep expertise in Egypt’s booming alternative transport market.
‘Halan will be the region’s de facto super app,’ says Nakhla, commenting on the future of the startup. ‘Mobility will remain our fastest growing vertical for now, paving the way for much needed solutions that cater to both individuals and businesses.’ In addition to ride- hailing and food delivery, Halan is also launching its last mile logistics solutions to businesses seeking to enhance their value chain.
Last year, Halan raised a multi-million dollar Series A round from Singapore-based Battery Road Digital Holdings, and Egypt’s largest VC, Algebra Ventures, along with other strategic investors including Uber’s founding CTO, Oscar Salazar. ‘While everybody is fighting to bring ride-hailing to one billion people in the world, Halan is focusing on the remaining six billion,’ said Salazar, who also joined Halan’s board of directors.