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July 25, 2023
  • The World Economic Forum has named Roam as one of the worldwide winners of the Urban Innovation Challenge rewarding the company’s electric mobility solutions that address the transportation challenges facing Nairobi.

  • Roam, one of three African winners, was selected from a pool of over 300 nominees from around the world for their pioneering work in the field of sustainable transportation.

  • Roam's win is a testament to the company's commitment to innovation and puts the company on a path to transform the way we think about transportation in urban areas.

The Roam Air, the company's electric motorcycle solution that won the Urban Innovation Challenge

Roam has today announced that it has won the prestigious Urban Innovation Challenge for its groundbreaking transportation solutions that aim to tackle the challenges of urban mobility by providing an electric, convenient, and affordable alternative to traditional transportation options.

The competition was organized by Utopia and the World Economic Forum’s Urban Transformation Platform through a partnership that highlights leading innovators in eight of the world’s fastest-growing cities.

The Urban innovation challenge exists to support the development of businesses working to improve the quality of life for their local residents and mitigate social and environmental challenges associated with rapid urbanization. Participating cities included Nairobi, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Lagos, Dhaka, Jakarta, Kigali, and Rio de Janeiro.

The Roam Air operating in Nairobi, Kenya's capital city

Roam was handpicked as one of the winners by a global council of judges comprising influential individuals such as Shin-pei Tsay of Uber, Jennifer Musisi of Bloomberg and Nathan Blecharczyk of Airbnb

With the continued support of partners and cheerleaders, Roam aims to transform the way people move in cities and help build a more sustainable future for all.

"We are honoured to receive this recognition from the Urban Innovation Challenge," said Filip Lovstrom, CEO of Roam. "Our mission has always been to provide affordable, sustainable, and convenient transportation options to communities in Africa. This award reaffirms our commitment to that mission and inspires us to continue pushing the boundaries of what's possible."

The Roam Air is a versatile motorcycle that can be used in cities as well as city outskirts

“Cities of the Majority World across Asia, Africa, and Latin America are the arenas where the next era of humanity will be built. They’re where the vast majority of citizens will live and where the most important decisions will be made about what our societies and our planet becomes,” said Jonathan Hursh, Founding Partner of Utopia.

About Utopia

Utopia is building a platform to help entrepreneurs build tech startups to improve the quality of life in their fast-growing cities across Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

About the World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum’s Urban Transformation platform advances public-private collaboration in cities, enabling more resilient and future-ready communities and local economies. 

About Roam 

Roam is a technology company that develops, designs and deploys electric vehicles tailored for the African continent, leading the transition to sustainable transport. Founded in 2017, it became the first company to deliver locally produced electric motorcycles and buses. Roam is today the leading provider of electric vehicles in Africa and was recently a finalist in Prince Williams, Earth Shot Prize


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