BY TOM JACKSON
Nigerian startup truQ, an on-demand logistics platform that leverages technology to connect anyone who needs to move anything with the closest available vehicle, says it has seen strong uptake since launching in Lagos in February.
truQ allows users to choose between different sizes of vehicles ranging from minivan to big truck, connects them to the closest available driver in minutes, and provides real-time tracking.
Founded in February by Williams Fatayo, Foluso Ojo and Isaac Chikutukutu, the company was borne out of frustrating experiences in moving large items in Lagos.
“We witnessed first hand the challenges that people go through when they want to move heavy items ranging from furniture to electronics and others,” Ojo said.
“These challenges were mostly a user’s inaccessibility to drivers and drivers’ inaccessibility to people who need them, irregular and exorbitant pricing, and unreliable systems, just to mention a few.”
truQ is attempting to address these issues, and having been bootstrapped since launch, in October it bagged US$50,000 in funding from the Growth Lab accelerator run by V8 Capital Partners. Ojo said uptake has been strong.
“We have seen wide acceptance of our platform. At the moment, we have over 70 drivers on our platform and stores who are dependent on us to service their logistics needs,” he said, adding that truQ had so far made over 300 trips.