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Sote Hub in Kenya, a recently launched Technology Innovation hub located at Voi is already making impact following their ability to support startups in southern Kenya.According to their blog post,

Over the past months, the hub has housed many workshops seeing the sprouting of  startup companies, in a relatively quiet rural set up. There were sixteen start-ups on this day battling for top spot. The panel of  jury was made of some of the top brains in the tech ecosystem including John Paul Community Manager at iHub,  Ahmed Maawy, CEO Swahili Box, Milica Radovic, CEO iTKonnect, Serbia, Jakub Simek and Ivana Ulicna, Pontis Foundation, Slovakia. The chief guests were Hon Joyce Lay, Women representative and Madam Jemimah Tuja, CEC Education, Taita Taveta County. Also in attendance were representatives from SOKO Community, Equity Bank and Biashara Centre

By 8am, the hub was bursting with expectant crowds. What a grueling season. Every startup had 5 minutes to convince the judges that they are ready for seed funding. The ultimate winners were Recycle Afrika,  a company that solves the e-waste menace through ingenious conversion to usable functional electronics including power bank and car tracker, Rogim designs, a creative agency for cutting edge advertisement and design solutions, Re-decor which uses 3D printer to redesign cultural artifacts’ and Cladika with an ecommerce mobile app. The four startups get seed funding of up to 2000 euros, incubation at the Hub and partnerships opportunities. Three others will be considered by December.

Hon. Joyce Lay, emphasized the need for young people and the citizenry, to shift focus from employment and think of entrepreneurship as the viable alternative. She assured the startups of numerous funding sources available at both county and national levels.

Equity bank will be the banking partner for the hub and the startups.

The Hub’s Director, Mr. David Ogiga noted that the major aim of the centre was to incubate top best ideas from the Sote ICT project and the community, at least 15 on an annual basis and called for more support and endorsements from other organizations.

What a milestone for the Hub!

We wish them the very best!

 

 

Kenneth Omeruo
Omeruo Ndukaku Kenneth is an Innovation Management expert,the CEO of Emerging Media,a new media company.He is a member of ISPIM - International Society for Professional Innovation Management and the US-Africa chamber of Commerce.He is the Founder of TechTrends Nigeria Blog,Nigeria Innovation Summit and the African Innovation Academy.Kenneth is a highly sought-after Internet Marketing Consultant who has through his seminars, articles, training and consulting, helped many organizations, Individuals, Businesses maximize the Internet for business purposes.Kenneth has also being featured as a guest on the TV show TODAY ON STV Nigeria and on Bloomberg Africa TV.He is the author of the best –selling Internet Book: How To Create Unlimited Internet Wealth. He is a syndicated columnist with the following Newspapers in Nigeria: Daily Independent, Financial Standard, PUNCH, BusinessDay, and Sun.Kenneth organises the EduNet Conference for Universities in Nigeria. Kenneth is a member of Institute of Software Practitioners of Nigeria( ISPON ) Roundtable For Capacity Development in Nigeria,member pre-selection committee for Nigeria at the UN World Summit Awards,a Panelist for Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria(YouWIN)-a Federal government initiative created by the ministry of finance,supported by ministries of Communications Technology,Youth Development,Worldbank and DFID. A 2013 Judge at the Google Cloud Developers Challenge for Sub Saharan Africa.He has been a contributing editor of Nigeria Communications Week,Africa Telecom and IT Business Magazine,ICT Today magazine,M2 magazine.Kenneth has been invited to the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation Forum, Oracle Open World Conference USA, Oracle Cloud World Dubai, and GITEX Dubai. He now lives in New York with his family and presently working on an Open Innovation project for Nigeria. You can contact Kenneth through email: (kenneth (at)techtrendsng.com) Facebook:www.facebook.com/Kenneth.omeruo On Twitter:www.twitter.com/kennethomeruo Skpe:Kenneth.Omeruo

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