BatteryXchange installs first Apollo kiosk at 7th Street Public Market in uptown
Uptown Charlotte’s 7th Street Public Market is now home to BatteyXchange‘s newest tech product, Apollo.
BatteryXchange, co-founded in 2018 by Desmond Wiggan and Aubrey Yeboah, is a rental platform that provides rentable, portable batteries to cell phone users. The startup launched Hercules at Packard Place last year, a kiosk machine with 24 portable batteries and a 23-inch interactive digital display for branding and customer engagement.
Just yesterday, Wiggan said the newest product, Apollo, a kiosk with 48 portable batteries and a 44-inch screen, was installed at the market.
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Wiggan sees BatteryXchange “making it” not only in the states, but also around the world. Wiggan is of Jamaican descent and Yeboah is Ghanaian. Both entrepreneurs have STEM programming experience in Charlotte, Washington D.C., the Caribbean and Africa.
“Our social responsibility is just as important to where we want to be on the capital side of this company,” Wiggan said.
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“If you have the opportunity to sacrifice a few months to get your startup to a certain point, do it,” Wiggan encourages.
But the other piece to BatteryXchange’s rapid success comes down to energy and authenticity.
“The people who have bought into it, have bought into it based on the motivation and energy we exude,” Wiggan says. “Genuine people attract genuine people; I truly believe that.”
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“Once they are finished charging to their liking, they can find other kiosks to return the battery to,” explains Wiggan, 29. “Our mission is to keep the world connected.The Charlotte-based startup is already drawing a lot of interest. The pair netted the $10,000 grand prize at this years City Startup Labs’ annual pitch competition.
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“Coming from DC to China allowed me to immerse myself into a different culture and environment. That’s what gave me the initial spark to build something of significant value outside my comfort zone.” – Aubrey Yeboah
STAY CHARGED WITH BATTERYXCHANGE
“Your cellphone is your lifeline,” says Wiggan. “It’s how you stay connected with work, your friends, your family.” BatteryXchange provides an on-demand business for bars or retail stores, who pay a monthly fee to get a battery kiosk in their establishment. Customers can rent and use a battery pack as they drink a beer or browse the merchandise.