Could you ever imagine that in five African countries the largest cause of fatalities are road accidents? In Benin, transportation systems combine a derelict of dangerous float of vehicles, inefficient service, and poor road infrastructures and results to more people dying on the road then than anything else. After having worked for more than 20 years supporting local hospitals in Africa, Fried, the CEO and founder of the 3D printing company Materialize, spotted an opportunity to change this reality and embark on social entrepreneurship, but he didn’t really know where to begin.

Believing this to be a cause for the greater good, we embarked on this journey with Materialize and decided to invest in this venture because knew that better transportation in Benin meant more than just avoiding road accidents and saving lives, it would also enable more exchanges, more commerce, and ultimately more social development.