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Legatum Center launches inaugural Legatum Foundry Fellowship for entrepreneurs in Africa
Published: 11-05-2021 | 11:18:56 | By: Bob Koigi
At an inflection point in their entrepreneurial journeys, Fellows will learn from MIT faculty, connect with investors, and expand their network of peer innovators.


Rice sector players set for conference on boosting research and inclusivity
Published: 07-05-2021 | 17:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Rice sector players in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are set to lead discussions on accelerating progress in rice research & development, inclusive markets & value chains.


Kenyan fintech startup Kwara selected for Japan-led Ninja Accelerator programme
Published: 06-05-2021 | 10:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Digital banking platform and fintech company Kwara has been selected for the first cohort of the Ninja Accelerator programme in Kenya.


Kenyan insurtech startup Lami Technologies raises $1.8m in seed funding
Published: 06-05-2021 | 10:49:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Lami Technologies, a Kenyan insurance technology (insurtech) company that aims to democratize insurance products and services for low-income Kenyans, has raised $1.8 million in seed funding.


CBK partners with E4Impact Foundation to support Kenyan fintech startups
Published: 27-04-2021 | 09:29:11 | By: Bob Koigi
The MoU will leverage on programs run by the two organizations. These include the E4Impact Accelerator Program, the Afro-Asia Fintech Festival and the Annual Hackathon hosted by CBK and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS).


Kenyan e-mobility startup Ecobodaa secures funding from Persistent Energy Capital
Published: 23-04-2021 | 09:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Persistent Energy Capital announced a strategic venture building investment and partnership with Ecobodaa, a pioneer e-mobility startup, leading the revolution of the electric motorbike taxi (bodaboda) in Kenya.


Kenya paint manufacturer Crown Paints announces COVID-19 safety net initiative
Published: 21-04-2021 | 09:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
A recent study on how Covid-19 had caused an economic toll in nine countries, including Kenya, shows that 45 percent of people were forced to miss or reduce meals.


Ericsson launches Graduate Programme in Kenya
Published: 20-04-2021 | 10:47:30 | By: Bob Koigi
The programme aims to grow the technical skills of the graduates, training them on the Ericsson technology, solutions and, delivery and providing them with an understanding of Ericsson’s processes, methods and tools.


Kenyan logistics startup Amitruck and Sky.Garden announce last mile goods pick-up and deliveries partnership
Published: 20-04-2021 | 09:44:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Logistics platform Amitruck and e-Commerce platform Sky.Garden have partnered to form an end-to-end digital chain for goods pick-up and deliveries to the last mile.


Chicago-based medtech startup Neopenda announces new round of convertible note financing
Published: 16-04-2021 | 09:12:55 | By: Pie Kamau
Neopenda, a Chicago-based public benefit corporation, announced a new round of funding supported by Assiduity Capital and Sorenson Impact Foundation, and the CE Mark approval of its neoGuard device.


Verdant Capital raises $9.9 million financing for East African tech enabled MSME lender Tugende
Published: 07-04-2021 | 13:40:27 | By: Bob Koigi
Pan African specialist investment financial institution Verdant Capital has raised $9.9 million Series A equity capital for Tugende, a technology enabled MSME lender in East Africa.


Kenyan agency banking startup Tanda secures funding for regional expansion
Published: 30-03-2021 | 11:00:16 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan agency banking startup Tanda announced its expanding its regional operations after closing a funding round from HAVAÍC, Zedcrest Capital, DFS Lab, Victor Asemota and 3 more investors.


Kenyan startup Ajua, MTN Nigeria launch Customer Management mobile app for SMEs
Published: 15-03-2021 | 16:01:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan based startup Ajua has partnered with MTN Nigeria to launch EnGauge, a digital e-Commerce customer engagement management mobile app to support SMEs.


Three Kenyan startups among recipients of $2m African Jua fund
Published: 11-03-2021 | 09:14:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Three startups from Kenya are among the recipients of the inaugural $2 million Jua Fund, the largest African venture capital fund by a private individual.


Western Kenya farmers cash in on traditional vegetables
Published: 02-03-2021 | 12:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Western Kenya have found new fortunes by investing in the cultivation, consumption, preservation and sale of traditional vegetables and seeds.


From grass to cash: Harnessing the power of climate smart forage grasses in Western Kenya
Published: 25-02-2021 | 08:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Kenyan researchers have been working with farmers in Western Kenya to test new varieties of fodder grasses known to have higher protein, low fiber and are fast maturing.


DFC invests $1m in femtech e-commerce startup Kasha Global to support women’s health in East Africa
Published: 18-02-2021 | 13:50:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), disbursed a $1 million equity investment in Kasha Global, an e-commerce company that provides women’s health and personal care products to customers in Rwanda and Kenya.


Kenyan logistics startup Amitruck secures pre-seed funding for expansion across East Africa
Published: 18-02-2021 | 10:02:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan trucking logistics marketplace startup Amitruck secured an undisclosed investment led by US-based Dynamo Ventures with participation from Plug and Play Ventures and a collection of strategic angel investors.


Kenyan fintech startup Popote Payments raises funding from GreenHouse Capital
Published: 09-02-2021 | 08:19:10 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan fintech startup Popote Payments has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from Lagos-based fintech investment company GreenHouse Capital.


Kenyan young agripreneurs reel under impacts of COVID-19
Published: 05-02-2021 | 12:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Kenyan agribusiness enterprises run by young people experienced a 48 per cent failure rate last year at the height of the novel corona virus a new study has shown.


Kenyan organics recycling startup Sanergy receives funding to scale operations regionally
Published: 02-02-2021 | 14:18:17 | By: Bob Koigi
With AXA IM Alts’s support, Sanergy would be well-positioned to scale its operations in Kenya and across the region.


VC-backed free money transfer service Taptap Send launches in Kenya
Published: 25-01-2021 | 13:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Taptap Send, a venture-backed startup that lets immigrants send money back home to emerging markets instantly has launched in Kenya.


The African youth powering a gaming revolution
Published: 19-01-2021 | 12:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
As esports dominate modern entertainment industry as a fast growing sport, Kenya and South Africa youth continue to dominate the world of competitive video gaming.


Kenya-based Boutique PR Agency African Elite Group feted at MEA Business Awards
Published: 18-01-2021 | 14:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Boutique PR agency, African Elite Group Ltd, headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya has been awarded an international award, at the 4th annual MEA (Middle East & Africa Markets) Business Awards 2020.


realme promises more products in 2021 as it cements Kenyan market share
Published: 14-01-2021 | 15:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Phone manufacturer realme is promising to grow its Kenyan foothold in 2021 through release of new products, riding on a successful 2020.


Kenyan AI startup Gro Intelligence raises $85m in Series B funding
Published: 12-01-2021 | 09:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan AI-powered insights startup Gro Intelligence announced the raise of $85 million in Series B funding, co-led by Intel Capital, Africa Internet Ventures and the family offices of Ronald Lauder and Eric Zinterhofer.


[Startup Interview] Ted Martynov, Founder and CEO, CARMA, Nigeria
Published: 08-01-2021 | 09:26:00 | By: Bob Koigi
CARMA is an African-based startup offering proprietary decentralized technology allowing lenders to get more value by accessing data on a real-time basis. While non-lending organizations can also monetize their data which will increase their number of lenders.


[Startup Interview] Daniel Gatura, CEO, Ace Mobility, Kenya
Published: 05-01-2021 | 10:44:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Daniel Gatura is the CEO and founder of Ace Mobility, a Kenya-based startup that is focused on improving the public transport by addressing mobility challenges of the vulnerable with a focus on the differently abled, women and elderly. Daniel elaborates.


realme reaches a record 50 million global shipments
Published: 31-12-2020 | 08:10:00 | By: Bob Koigi
As phone maker realme continues to break record by being among the few brands to have unveiled six new smartphones and AIot products in the Kenyan markets within four months, Kenyans consumers have responded with an appetite for the novel products.


realme 7i novel photo and video features excites Kenyan customers
Published: 22-12-2020 | 12:20:00 | By: Bob Koigi
With a range of remarkably beautiful specifications, the realme 7i allows one to shoot the world from multiple perspectives with its 64MP AI quad-camera.


54gene, Kobo360, myFanPark, Sokowatch among 12 startups to win AppsAfrica Awards 2020
Published: 16-12-2020 | 15:29:00 | By: Pie Kamau
54gene, Kobo360, myFanPark and Sokowatch have been named among the 12 winners of AppsAfrica Awards 2020. The awards celebrates the best startups in mobile and tech from across Africa.


Healthtech startup Ilara Health raises $3.75m to provide life-saving diagnostics across sub-Saharan Africa
Published: 15-12-2020 | 10:36:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ilara Health, a healthtech startup focused on bringing essential, affordable and life-saving diagnostics to African consumers, raised $3.75 million in Series A funding to expand its diagnostic reach across the continent.


TechnoServe forum to point micro retailers to sustainable digital solutions
Published: 03-12-2020 | 12:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
International nonprofit economic development organization TechnoServe is partnering with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), to host the 4th Virtual Micro Retail Stakeholder Forum.


Kilimall targets Kenyan smartphone customers with discounts on realme brands
Published: 25-11-2020 | 13:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Kenya’s online shopping platform Kilimall has announced the flash sale of three flagship realme smartphones on Friday 27 November 2020 as part of Black Friday.


realme announces official sale of realme C12 in Kenya
Published: 17-11-2020 | 12:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Smartphone manufacturer realme has partnered with online shops like Kilimall and other offline platforms for the sale of realme C12 which was launched in Kenya last week alongside realme 7i.


[Startup Interview] Almasi Ndangili, Founder, Imarisha East Africa Productions, Kenya
Published: 10-11-2020 | 11:57:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Almasi Ndangili is the founder of Imarisha East Africa Productions Ltd, a Kenya-based talent academy promoting education through edutainment. The startup has invested in TV Shows, event organization, book launches, talent development, TV Script writing, Africanized animations, digital publishing and branding.


Launch of realme 7i and reame C12 heralds new dawn for Kenyan smartphone industry
Published: 10-11-2020 | 10:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Riding on the warm reception its flagship products continue to receive among Kenyan customers, smartphone manufacturer realme has launched realme C12 and realme 7i in Kenya.


Kenyan fintech startup Kwara launches Customer Success Traineeship Program for university graduates
Published: 09-11-2020 | 15:24:05 | By: Pie Kamau
Kwara, a digital banking platform in Kenya announced the launch of a Customer Success Traineeship Program. The program is part of the company’s broader agenda to build capacity for rising young Kenyan professionals.


Kenyan agritech startup Farmers Pride raises $220k funding from Gray Matters Capital’s coLABS
Published: 06-11-2020 | 13:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
US-based impact investor Gray Matters Capital announced its funding in Kenya's agritech startup Farmers Pride, a one stop e-commerce platform that connects village level farmers to quality inputs, services and information.


realme C12 and realme 7i set for simultaneous launch
Published: 06-11-2020 | 10:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Buoyed by the growing popularity realme smartphones continue to enjoy in the Kenyan market in recent months, the phone manufacturer has announced the simultaneous launch of realme C12 and realme 7i.


Nigerian CcHUB acquires Kenyan edTech startup eLimu
Published: 04-11-2020 | 08:46:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenya’s technology Incubation and Accelerator space iHub owned by Co-creation Hub (CcHUB) has announced the acquisition of edtech startup and digital educational content provider eLimu.


Imperial partners with Kenyan logistic startup Lori Systems to expand e-logistics technology solutions across Africa
Published: 04-11-2020 | 08:37:29 | By: Pie Kamau
Imperial, an African and European-focused provider of integrated market access and logistics solutions, announced an investment in and partnership with Lori Systems to expand its cutting-edge e-logistics technology solutions across Africa.


MENA healthtech startup Vezeeta expands into Kenya
Published: 02-11-2020 | 14:45:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) healthtech startup Vezeeta has expanded its footprint into Kenya by launching a platform that will enable Kenyans access doctors from their smart phones.


Swedfund invests in femtech e-commerce startup Kasha Global to support women’s health in East Africa
Published: 30-10-2020 | 08:28:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Swedfund, the Swedish Development finance institution, announced its investment in Kasha Global, a Femtech e-commerce platform with subsidiaries in Rwanda and Kenya, to support women’s health and self-care.


realme 7i to launch in Kenya in November
Published: 27-10-2020 | 16:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Smartphone manufacturer realme has announced the entry of its newest brand realme 7i in the Kenyan market on Tuesday November 10 at 11:00am East African time.


realme introduces Buds Q in Kenya
Published: 26-10-2020 | 08:15:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Global smartphone manufacturer realme has unveiled the realme Buds Q in the Kenyan market as it seeks to position itself as a smartphone brand for the urbane and suave youthful generation.


realme feted in global design awards as products enjoy sustained uptake
Published: 21-10-2020 | 12:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Smartphone manufacturer continues to be a frontrunner in design of its products.


realme C15 second hot sale set for early October
Published: 02-10-2020 | 15:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
After the successful launch and roll out of realme C15, the world’s fastest-growing smartphone brand, realme, is set to rollout the second Hot Sale for the realme C15.


[Startup Interview] Jason Gras, Emile Fulcheri, Stima, Kenya
Published: 19-09-2020 | 10:54:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Stima is a Kenya-based startup that operates a smart service swap stations providing charging services to enable moto-taxi riders to switch to electric motorcycles.


realme unveils realme C15, the first 6000mAh smartphone in Kenya
Published: 18-09-2020 | 09:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Emerging mobile phone brand realme has unveiled the latest addition to its C-series stable, the realme C15, in Kenya as it seeks to capture one of the most advanced mobile phone markets in the continent.


Kenyan tech startup Xetova shortlisted for MIT 2020 health security & pandemics track
Published: 15-09-2020 | 08:12:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan technology startup, xetova, has been named 2020 Global Solve finalist by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the health security and pandemics track.


realme set to unveil its latest brand realme C15 in Kenya
Published: 14-09-2020 | 09:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Global smartphone manufacturer realme has announced September 18 as the day it will unveil its latest brand in the Kenyan market, the realme C15,


The realme 6 and realme Band revolution in Kenya smartphone market
Published: 11-09-2020 | 14:30:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Realme 6 that premiered in Kenya in early September is already making waves as evidenced by the number of sales and inquiries across online shops among them Jumia Kenya.


Ada Labs to launch four startups by December to provide solutions for Africa
Published: 31-08-2020 | 15:18:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Ada Labs Africa with headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya announced that since it’s launch earlier this year, the fusion lab has acquired six startups. The Lab currently has two in the market with the other four launching in the coming months.


Two new realme phone models set to revolutionize Kenya's smartphone market
Published: 25-08-2020 | 13:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Phone maker realme has launched two models in the Kenya market weeks after it officially launched operations in the country.


Kenyan women and youth agritech startups invited to apply for $100k FoodTech Africa accelerator
Published: 14-08-2020 | 15:40:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan youth and women-led agribusinesses have been awarded an opportunity to access $100,000 as investment for their companies through the FoodTech Africa accelerator.


Kenyan retail-tech startup MarketForce 360 selected for Y Combinator Summer 2020 Batch
Published: 12-08-2020 | 14:17:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Kenyan retail-tech startup MarketForce has been selected for the Silicon Valley based Y Combinator Summer 2020 batch.


[Startup Interview] Emmauel Nabuora, CEO, ParteUp, Kenya
Published: 11-08-2020 | 05:10:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Emmauel Nabuora is the CEO of Kenya-based ParteUp, an online application that gives users the opportunity to discover, create, find and share parties within their locality while allowing them to host and stream their parties to live attendees.


[Startup Interview] Kaxton Kabogoza, Founder, Kenda Interlocking Bricks, Kenya
Published: 08-08-2020 | 09:43:09 | By: Bob Koigi
Kenda Interlocking Bricks is a Kenya start up in the manufacturing sector that is championing the use of eco-friendly and affordable construction materials as it seeks to bridge the housing deficit in Kenya and the East African region. Engineer Kaxton Kabogoza the founder explains.


realme smartphone brand adds presence in Kenya
Published: 04-08-2020 | 13:00:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Emerging smartphone brand realme, has launched in Kenya as part of its global growth and expansion strategy.


British startup Planet Smart City partners with UN-Habitat on slum upgrading initiatives in Kenya
Published: 03-08-2020 | 15:56:00 | By: Pie Kamau
British startup Planet Smart City has joined forces with the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat to provide digital tools, community management and social innovation to help improve lives in informal settlements in Kenya.


Kenyan agritech startup Lentera, MCFI ink deal to provide satellite based crop analysis for Mauritian farmers
Published: 29-07-2020 | 11:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
The Mauritius Chemical and Fertilizer Industry (MCFI), and Lentera Africa have signed a partnership that will see Lentera provide satellite-based crop health analysis and crop modelling services for Mauritian customers of MCFI.


Kenyan startup PayGo Energy announces strategic investment from Saisan
Published: 21-07-2020 | 15:25:00 | By: Pie Kamau
PayGo Energy, an Energy Access Ventures portfolio company, has secured a strategic investment from Saisan, a leading Japanese energy company.


Kenya's retail-tech startup MarketForce 360 secures $350,000 in seed investment
Published: 26-05-2020 | 13:43:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mesozi Group announces the close of USD 350,000 seed investment from a group of strong Kenyan angel investors through ViKtoria Business Angels Network(VBAN), alongside Growing Africa Capital and global VCs.


Kenya's Apollo Agriculture secures $6 million funding to reach more farmers
Published: 22-05-2020 | 09:37:26 | By: Bob Koigi
Kenya’s agritech and financial services startup Apollo Agriculture has raised $6 million in Series A financing to bolster its resolve to empower small-scale farmers to maximize their profits.


Mitsui Chemicals, UNEP support Asian startups helping reduce plastic waste
Published: 22-05-2020 | 08:54:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Mitsui Chemicals announced that it has selected three innovative Asian startups to receive support under the Asia–Pacific Low-Carbon Lifestyles Challenge (APLCLC), a program run by the United Nations Environment Programme.


Villgro Kenya awards $150,000 to 12 startups fighting COVID-19 in Africa
Published: 19-05-2020 | 13:32:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Villgro Kenya has awarded $150,000 in grant to 12 innovative startups from East Africa with technologies and innovations that could help in testing, monitoring and managing aspects of the COVID-19 outbreak.


[Startup Interview] Terry Macharia, Founder, Secvate Solutions, Kenya
Published: 08-05-2020 | 13:09:35 | By: Bob Koigi
Terry Macharia is a founder and Managing Partner at Secvate Solutions, an information technology startup domiciled in Nairobi Kenya that has since 2018 been offering customized software solutions, cyber security consultancy and data analytics services to MSMEs.


[Startup Interview] Isaac Muigai, CEO, Humanum Ratings, Kenya
Published: 01-05-2020 | 16:06:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Isaac Muigai is the brains behind Humanum Ratings, a Kenya-based management consultancy startup that advises companies on potential risks and noteworthy strengths that they should focus on in order to fortify organizational culture and boost performance.


[Startup Interview] Grace Wanjiru, Director of Operations, Agricultural Solutions, Kenya
Published: 24-04-2020 | 12:23:00 | By: Bas Vlugt
Agricultural Solutions Kenya has been working with rural communities and youth in the supply of agricultural machinery, biogas installations and training. It recently started a crowdfunding campaign to make available to farmers seed planters


[Startup Interview] Cyrus Mulinge, CEO, Trots Technologies, Kenya
Published: 21-04-2020 | 13:15:00 | By: Pie Kamau
Cyrus Mulinge is the CEO of Trots Technologies, a Kenyan based mobile commerce platform that allows seamless and uninterrupted interaction between businesses and their audiences.


[Startup Interview] Nathaniel Ndegwa, Managing Director, Tipping Point Media, Kenya
Published: 11-03-2020 | 12:46:00 | By: Bas Vlugt
Nathaniel Ndegwa is the Managing Director of Tipping Point Media, a Kenyan digital marketing startup that has now grown its clientele to 15 countries,, with a bias to SMEs and E-commerce


[Startup Interview] Mutembei Kariuki, CEO, Fastagger, Kenya
Published: 11-02-2020 | 12:20:00 | By: Bob Koigi
As more companies and institutions in Africa leverage onthe power of Artificial Intelligence to accelerate growth, Fastagger a Kenyan startup is accelerating AI applications by providing access to high quality data enhanced by human interaction. The company’s CEO and co-founder Mutembei Kariuki explains.


[Startup Interview] Jacqui Mwangi, Managing Director, Buyology, Kenya   
Published: 14-05-2019 | 11:45:00 | By: Bob Koigi
Buyology Co. LLC, is a Kenyan based startup that is assisting companies enhance customer experience through mystery shopping concept and training. It has over 3,500 mystery shoppers who visit clients’ businesses to audit service delivery and report back on their findings.