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The African Studies Center (ASC) sponsors conferences, lectures, exhibits, film series, and cultural performances throughout the year. These events are designed to foster understanding of Africa among members of the U-M community and the public  and to advance the exchange of resources and knowledge between U-M and its partners in Africa.

In addition to our yearly programming, ASC considers funding requests to cosponsor lectures, events, performances,  and activities that coincide with the our mission to promote a broad and deep understanding of the region. Request to cosponsor an event»

How an E-Bike Startup is Looking to Change the Way Africa Moves

Valerie Labi, co-founder and CEO of wahu! Mobility Ltd
Wednesday, April 3, 2024
4:00-5:00 PM
Blau Colloquium Jeff T. Blau Hall Map
4 PM | April 3 | Blau Colloquium, 5th floor of the Blau Building at the Ross School of Business

wahu! is the first Ghanaian brand to produce electric vehicles domestically. The electric bike (e-bike) startup brings together local talent and experienced automotive engineers and designers from global automakers, including Audi and BMW.

In the talk, “How an E-Bike Startup is Looking to Change the Way Africa Moves,” Valerie Labi, co-founder and CEO of wahu! Mobility Ltd. will discuss how the business is unlocking new possibilities in low-emission mobility solutions, particularly in urban markets. By locally designing and manufacturing connected EVs for Africa and the wider world, wahu!’s value proposition includes ease of transport, a path to vehicle ownership and a gateway to sustainable employment through mobility services.

Labi is an entrepreneur who also served as Ghana country director for nonprofit iDE, International Development Enterprises, which focuses on market-based solutions in agriculture and water/sanitation. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Southampton and her Masters of Studies from the University of Cambridge in Sustainability Leadership.

This event is open to the public and sponsored by the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (WDI) in partnership with the African Studies Center at U-M’s School of Literature, Science, and the Arts.

This event is open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to register and submit questions in advance. Light refreshments will be served.
Building: Jeff T. Blau Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Africa, Business, colloquium, Discussion, Energy, Entrepreneurship, In Person, Leadership, Lecture, Social Impact
Source: Happening @ Michigan from William Davidson Institute, African Studies Center