Updated Apr 08, 2020

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Milele "Forever" Bicycle Tire Tube

To improve the working conditions of bicycles in rural sub-Saharan Africa.
How does your innovation work?
Baisikeli Ugunduzi (“modern, innovative bicycle”) has a revolutionary product that permanently eliminates the biggest problem with bicycles in the developing world, flat tires. The milele (“forever”) bicycle tube replaces the traditional pneumatic tube with a flexible solid tube that ...
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To improve the working conditions of bicycles in rural sub-Saharan Africa.
How does your innovation work?
Baisikeli Ugunduzi (“modern, innovative bicycle”) has a revolutionary product that permanently eliminates the biggest problem with bicycles in the developing world, flat tires. The milele (“forever”) bicycle tube replaces the traditional pneumatic tube with a flexible solid tube that never needs air and never needs to be patched. With DIV stage 1 funding,
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Stage 3: Proof of Concept

The status quo in sub-Saharan African and much of the developing world is to give out bikes (new or refurbished), sell high quality bikes to NGOs at an unsustainable loss, or sell cheap Asian-made parts in the cities and watch them trickle to the countryside.
Registered in Kenyain Kenya

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Kenya

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$100,000
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Planned Goals and Milestones

There is no company delivering high-quality, low cost product and services focused on the millions of people in sub-Saharan Africa who use their bikes to earn a living. Customers are extremely frustrated with poor quality, Asian-made products that are ill designed for the rough life-cycle of working bicycles in Africa. Mechanics and store owners are losing income waiting for products to trickle in from large cities.
Baisikeli Ugunduzi will bring the milele tube to its first test market of Kitale, Kenya. Baisikeli Ugunduzi will perform the final round of large scale testing with boda boda in Kenya and ramp up a joint venture innovation center for collaborative manufacturing, distribution, and design with the Trans-Nzoia Boda Boda Sacco. The innovation center will allow for the development of future products for working bicycles, and will serve as a regional hub for manufacturing and distribution. More importantly, Baisikeli Ugunduzi has a novel distribution system, allowing them to introduce new products that add value to rural sub-Saharan Africa bicycles.

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Kenya