Uasin Gichu Startups Awarded Funding Through Mozilla’s Mashinani Tech Innovation Challenge
During a workshop for tech-startups and students held in Eldoret, seven start-ups from Uasin Gichu County have been awarded KES 1 million through the Mozilla Mashinani tech-innovation challenge launched by Mozilla Africa Mradi and the Gladys Boss Foundation (GBF).
The startups will be offered further training and guided on how to improve their ideas and products. They include:
|Start-up Name||Description of Service|
|Tindo||A video on demand platform that targets filmmakers from various communities in the region who are producing indigenous films.|
|My Shule||An app to safely transport students to school and back home in time through a live bus map that lets you know when the bus is coming, when your child arrives at school, and when they are heading home.|
|Mche||Offers a comprehensive solution to smallholder farmers, providing them with advisory services on the best crops to grow in their respective geographical areas.|
|Mama Fua||A mobile application that links households to trained and vetted housekeepers, providing safe, convenient and automated access to cleaning services.|
|Lifeline||Provides quick access to critical medical information during emergencies and to support individuals with disabilities and those unable to communicate on their own behalf.|
|M-Rafiki||A platform for people to connect and interact while also being able to access services and businesses that they may need.|
|Gavo Foods||Manufactures gluten-free, keto organic flours that will help break the cycle of poverty and lifestyle diseases and support smallholder farmers.|
The Mashinani Initiative aims to ensure that youth innovators across Kenya also have access to the information and knowledge needed to establish and run profitable startups. The initiative is anchored on the Mozilla Africa Mradi, which seeks to catalyze innovation through developing new and deeper relationships with in-region partners to learn more about the intersection of African product needs and capacity gaps.
The Gladys Boss Foundation (GBF) is working with Mozilla’s Africa Mradi to ensure that tech innovators outside Nairobi and metropolitan counties have equal opportunities and platforms to showcase their innovations, are exposed to how venture capital investments work, and are trained on startup accelerator opportunities available to them in the continent and globally.
Kenya is the regional ICT hub of East Africa, with the country being a leader in broadband connectivity and general ICT infrastructure and home to more than 300 tech startups. With the rise of digital technology and the internet, many entrepreneurs have leveraged investment opportunities from venture capital institutions that have set up shop in Nairobi.
The Mashinani Initiative will culminate in the first-of-its-kind Mozilla Africa Mradi innovation challenge to be held in Nairobi in June 2023. The innovation challenge will identify and support tech entrepreneurs/startups and tech students through an acceleration program that will provide technical support, access to grants, and ultimately, market access for their products.