News overview

Koneksie is looking for a Product Optimization Engineer to add to its development team. This function requires someone who is flexible, hands-on and with absolute can-do mentality. As a product optimization engineer you will focus on design & engineering activities that contribute to the continuous improvement of our products. This entails:

11-02-2016

If you are interested you can find out more about us in some of the recent media coverage Koneksie has had.

11-02-2016

Are you curious about the new setup for Kibo and what it offers in Kenya in addition to the K150?

Check out the new Kibo website, learn more about the K150 and see its cool, eye catching, minimalist design. Discover what all the fuss is about!

09-02-2016

Koneksie kicks off the New Year with a fresh strategy for Kibo and a big change.

We discovered that by separating the motorcycle taxi service from motorcycle production and sales, we come one step closer to achieving Koneksie’s mission: providing safe and reliable mobility for all. The great news is that this process led to the birth of a new start-up, which will be announced soon!

09-02-2016

Road accidents are the number two cause of death in Africa. Therefore, Koneksie not only developed just a motorcycle but also includes advanced rider training, a warranty and top-class accessories.

In Profile at 7 Ditches TV Huib explains very clearly what social entrepreneurship is, responding to social problems with innovative commercial solutions. 

27-11-2015

MotoMe, an online motorcycle TV show, visited our office last Wednesday. They were curious about the K150; how and why it's designed and why it's not available in the Netherlands!

Watch the item about our company and the K150 here

10-11-2015

For a long time only big companies dared to do business in Africa, but nowadays even small businesses with big ambitions dare to start on the continent where the economy is growing steadily and opportunities are for grasp.

 

Always been curious about the story of Koneksie and the sound of the Kibo K150?

Listen back the interview with Roelof Hemmen and our CEO Huib van de Grijspaarde and COO Peter Veldhoven on BNR Nieuwsradio.

 

Tune in on BNR Nieuwsradio around 11:30 AM on Thursday the 5th of November. Roelof Hemmen will interview our CEO Huib van de Grijspaarde and COO Peter Veldhoven about Koneksie and Kibo.. 

29-09-2015

The Kibo Taxi Service, KTS, will start pilot operations in Nairobi from October 12th.  This live simulation of KTS will run until December 2015 with our trained riders, the K150 and selected passengers. 

25-09-2015

In September Kibo attended the Total Motor Show in Nairobi and the annual Horticultural Fair in Naivasha. The Kibo K150 motorcycle was showcased publically for the first time. The attention was overwhelming. And the good news: the crowd loved the K150!

24-09-2015

There are some recent changes we would like to share with you. From now on Kibo consists of two business units. Next to Kibo Motors that produces purpose-built motorcycles in Kenya, we are proud to introduce you to our professional motorcycle taxi service, Kibo Taxi Service (KTS). 

09-09-2015

Here is a sneak preview of the Kibo Taxi Service; Evans Makori and one of his clients are enjoying their first ride on the Kibo K150. The Kibo Taxi Service starts its simulation early October 2015.  

By Henk Veldman 09-09-2015

In Nakuru, Kenya, local and international diary processors depend on the motorcycle for the daily collection of milk from the smallholder farmers. The motorcycle has proven to be an efficient mode of transport to collect milk from the farmers who are often located in remote and difficult to access areas.

04-09-2015

In this article (click here), our number 1 fan Evans Makori explains how Kibo fulfills his dream to become the best motorcycle taxi operator of Kenya... 

At Koneksie

10-07-2015

It feels like a matter of seconds have just passed by but it has actually been 6 months, since I started my internship. It has been half a year of learning, sharing and discovering.

Joining Koneksie reminded me that I could contribute to making a social impact to this world. I enjoyed learning and sharing information about the mobility industry in Kenya, and the growing market of motorcycle taxis. It is amazing to see a business concept that addresses a social problem.

Social Impact

09-07-2015

We are surrounded by many social problems that are known to us but we seldom acknowledge them. Everyone is busy and focusing on individual interest and future goals.

Joining the Koneksie team opened my eyes and ears to social problems. When I was living in Kenya, I grew up surrounded with some of these problems. I just never thought about it. In fact that goes for the majority of people living there. There are a few who address these problems but it is not as often as it should.

Business meeting in kenya

23-06-2015

Business is growing in Kenya and young entrepreneurs are becoming innovative and taking initiative to contribute to this developing economy. However, the way of thinking and the mentality of these entrepreneurs is something to put into consideration.

In Kenya, the people are enthusiastic and eager to venture into new business opportunities. But you have to have the patience to build relationships first before getting to business.

Finance Training

16-06-2015

Living from hand to mouth is a very common thing in Kenya. This is due to having very little income that is just enough to cater for basic needs. This way of living becomes a cycle that is difficult to break. Financial opportunities are limited.

Kibo Factory

15-06-2015

As discussed in our previous blogs and also mentioned in this interview (click here), doing business in Africa is an opportunity that should not be overlooked.

The motorcycle taxi entrepreneurship is spreading at a fast rate across African countries. There are so many motorcycle brands of all kinds that dominate the market. Koneksie is aware that these motorcycles are actually not built for transportation of people and goods, and do not meet the expectations of people in these regions.

09-06-2015

The moment Betty arrived at our factory in Nairobi, she informed us that she had to ditch the motorcycle taxi she was using. Apparently the driver was going at a speed that was too fast for her and he did not want to listen when she requested him to slow down.

During our user sessions, we did learn that most boda boda passengers are female. Their experience and opinion contributed to the adjustments and development of our brand Kibo. Betty’s example is just one of the little things that gets on the nerves of boda boda female passengers.

Kibo Family

02-06-2015

Talking to my family via Skype is one of those special moments when I get to see them on video call.  

Entrepreneurship

By Henk Veldman 29-05-2015

In Nairobi, on Mbagathi Way heading towards Ngong Road, in between the Shell gas station and the roundabout, there is someone selling dark green coat racks. There are 4 to 5 coat racks parked on the side of the road and he is walking in between the cars parked in the evening rush hour traffic jam, trying to sell his coat racks. It always fascinates me, as it seems a poor choice of goods to sell in a jam.

Uhuru on Maintenance

28-05-2015

You can give a tool to someone but if you don’t show him or her how to use it, then it is for nothing.

Designing a suitable motorcycle for mobility purpose in Kenya is not enough. We discovered that the operators faced challenges when it came to the maintenance of their motorcycle. We therefore incorporated a maintenance program as part of Kibo.

In Swahili, the word “Uhuru” means freedom. We are pleased to have Uhuru, not as the current president of Kenya, but ‘the’ mechanic of Kibo in Kenya. He is Kibo’s freedom of road safety.

Jua Kali mechanic shop

26-05-2015

In Kenya, small-scale trade is so popular that it even has its own informal sector called the “jua kali.” Jua kali means hot sun, which expresses this sector of traders and small businesses operating in the open air, sheds or small shops. Craftsmen, street vendors, plumbers, contractors, mechanics and any other small enterprise dominate this industry.

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