MAX (short for Metro Africa Xpress) is on a mission to fix Africa’s notorious last-mile delivery and online-retail problems by using mobile and web platforms to connect consumers, retail businesses and independent drivers in real-time. The company, which was founded by MIT alumni Chinedu Azodoh and Adetayo Bamiduro (who is also an MIT Legatum Fellow), is eliminating all logistics and technology barriers that have historically prevented retail businesses in Africa from realizing their full potential.
Max.ng is now partnering with Shell Foundation, an independent UK-registered charity established by the Shell Group in 2000, to scale its services. Shell Foundation applies business thinking to major social and environmental issues linked to the mobility and energy sector – and seeks to leverage the skills and networks of Shell where possible to deliver greater development impact.
In August, Max.ng was the only African startup to speak on exponential technologies at the first Singularity Summit in Africa. The company later connected with European innovators at the Africa-EU Business Forum in Ivory Coast, before heading to Alibaba Group in China, where it was joined by a select group of founders that were invited by Jack Ma to connect with Senior Leadership at Alibaba. Max.ng successfully learned first-hand how Alibaba transformed eCommerce, logistics and payments in China over the last 2 decades.