In the big cities, the availability of high-speed Internet provides opportunities to develop new businesses. One young entrepreneur used it to jumpstart an electric car sharing service.
In the Colombian capital Bogotá, traffic and air pollution are two of the biggest challenges; Mauricio Guzman is a young entrepreneur who is contributing to a solution. From a co-working space, he founded the tech start-up, Emobi Carsharing.
"I founded my car sharing service in Bogotá a year ago. For nine months now, we have operated a fleet of 15 electric cars that can be rented via a mobile app. That works very well. Internet infrastructure in Colombia is reliable, there are several companies to choose from and costs are reasonable. The government has done a good job in this area. They are now beginning with the implementation of a 5G network. Even in the countryside, the mobile coverage is very good, especially if you compare it to other Latin American countries. I manage my start-up from a co-working space, because networking with other entrepreneurs is very helpful. In many cases, you can get support from others who face the same challenges."
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