Kobo360 (IFC-41760)

  • Nigeria
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Financial Institutions
  • International Finance Corporation (IFC)
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Voting Date
Oct 13, 2018
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  • Transport
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 3.00 million
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Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ IFC website

Updated in EWS Jan 14, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Sep 11, 2018

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Project Description
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IFC is considering an equity investment of upto US$ 3 million in Kobo360 Inc (“Kobo”). Kobo is a long-haul e-logistics B2B platform utilizing an “Uber for trucks” model to develop a marketplace matching cargo owners with long-haul freight needs and truck owners who are able to service them. Through its internally-developed digital platform, Kobo is disrupting the transportation and logistics market in Nigeria offering a strong value proposition to key stakeholders in the sector including cargo owners, transporters (and drivers) and cargo recipients. Kobo optimally matches demand and supply of trucks, providing predictability, reliability, price transparency, and increased utilization of otherwise idle assets in the highly fragmented trucking market in Nigeria. Given the strong population growth expected (Nigeria will be the third largest country in the world by 2050), logistics will become even more important to support booming sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, commodities, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), etc.

People Affected By This Project
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This Project will result in positive outcomes for the relevant parties in the logistics sector in Nigeria (cargo owners and truck owners/drivers) and the market at large.

For cargo owners, Kobo's platform offers greater access to logistics services through an aggregated platform thereby addressing capacity challenges in fulfilling market demand. By leveraging technology and eliminating middle-men/brokers, Kobo is able to offer lower prices to cargo owners in a market where logistics costs are 1.4-2.8x higher than in the US. In addition, Kobo offers reliability of delivery to cargo owners through real-time tracking of trucks and goods in transit insurance hence ensuring full traceability of goods.

For truck owners and drivers, Kobo offers increased capacity utilization through route optimization and return logistics hence higher incomes for drivers as well as faster payment cycles.

As the company scales and aggregates more drivers and cargo owners onto the platform, Kobo will bring more price transparency and efficiency to the broader sector.

Investment Description
Here you can find a list of individual development financial institutions that finance the project.
Private Actor 1 Private Actor 1 Role Private Actor 1 Sector Relation Private Actor 2 Private Actor 2 Role Private Actor 2 Sector
- - - - Kobo360 Inc Client -

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Kobo360 Inc
Obiora Ozor
Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder
0818 678 0000
22, Ikorodu Road, Jibowu Yaba, Lagos


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