An inconvenience with a dead cell phone led Desmond Wiggan and Aubrey Yeboah to create a solution that is now benefiting the masses.
Wiggan and Yeboah are the founders of Battery Xchange, a Charlotte, NC, based-company that provides users with an on-the-go charger for their mobile device, which can be retrieved from a nearby kiosk and returned within 24 hours.
As AFROTECH previously reported, the company was founded in 2019 and initially catered to only bars and restaurants.
“We have a kiosk, place it in locations and cellphone users can rent external portable batteries,” Wiggan told WCNC. “Similar to how you rent a scooter or bike.”
The areas that locals can most commonly find the Battery Xchange kiosks are nearby emergency rooms and bars, where it may be more difficult to find a charger immediately.
“You’re out for some drinks and need to call an Uber, but haven’t charged your phone all day,” Wiggan said, according to the outlet. “We have a varying array of users.”
At the moment, the company is operating in 62 locations across North Carolina.
What’s more, with the new funding and resources, Wiggan and Yeboah will also have the opportunity to expand their company, placing Battery Xchange kiosks in more states.
Participating in the cohort organized by Black Owners of Solar Services, Battery Xchange is among 25 minority-owned businesses receiving support to apply for DOE funding and access various programs, benefits, services, and opportunities, as stated in a press release.
“We’ve put together a comprehensive program that will help minority business owners in the solar energy space to gain access to much-needed funding,” Ajulo Othow, president of Black Owners of Solar Services, explained, according to the outlet.
Wiggan said, “Our participation may bring us more business opportunities, and we’ll have the chance to bring those back to the state of North Carolina.”