IBM Mentors go to Nairobi, Kenya to work with startups

Nairobi, Kenya is the next Mentor Day location! It’s a two-day event that starts tomorrow, July 2 at the Strathmore iLab & Business School. We are lucky enough to be working with four startups from Nairobi who will be pitching their business ideas and gaining mentorship from university, investment, and incubator leaders.

Bespoke Systems is Bespokea young company whose core business is the development of customized web applications. The company is headed by two savvy senior managers. Mr. Moses M. Thiga, who has a background in Computer Science and earned a PhD in Information Systems, is in charge of system and product development. Dr. Mwirigi Kinagwi, who is a medical doctor and also holds an MBA, is in charge of sales, operations, and marketing. These two impressive men first found success developing software solutions in the cloud for small medical clinics. Their success has taken them to working in numerous other industries as well.

Health-E-net is a social enterprise serving medical patients in medically underserved areas in Kenya. Using an electronic platform, patients are able to share medical records and complex imaging data (i.e. X-rays and MRIs) with specialists around the world. The main purpose is to provide an ahealth-E-net_logoffordable and reliable second opinion to patients who have already been diagnosed by a local doctor who lacks training in specialty areas. Health-E-net serves all patients – rich and poor, urban and rural. Using a pay scale, health-E-net is able to subsidize the cost of service to patients who cannot afford it. It’s fun to see a tech startup creating such positive social change with their technology!

Nasoft Technologies was founded by software developer Laban Okune. Okune focuses on innovative IT solutioma3routens to local problems. One such solution, called Ma3Route, is a mobile app that aggregates data from its users to provide traffic updates and directions. I highly recommend checking out their website for an interesting peak into daily life in Kenya.

Weza Tele provides business solutions to small and medium sized businesses weza telamainly through the use of mobile technology. Weza Tele develops customized real-time ordering applications so that customers can shop for inventory that the seller actually has. When purchases are made, the seller immediately receives the order information to his or her phone. This platform provides customers and businesses with the possibility to do easy and secure transactions. The platform also provides businesses with metrics that they can use to increase their sales.

Good luck to all of the startups tomorrow! And a BIG thank you to Strathmore University, Tech4Africa, and Africa 2.0 for jointly sponsoring this event with IBM.

See how our sponsors are serving Kenyan society and the greater African region:   

Africa 2.0 is a Pan-African civil society organization that consists of over 300 young and emerging leaders from Africa and the Diaspora who share a collective vision for Africa and a commitment to finding and implementing sustainable solutions capable of leapfrogging the development of the continent.

Strathmore University is a leading not-for profit private university operating in Kenya, which aims at serving the Kenyan society to the best of its ability. Specialising in commerce and information technology, Strathmore holds a peerless reputation for quality in both academic and professional education and personal formation.

Tech4Africa is the premier mobile, web & emerging technology event in Africa, where business and technology combine to bring global perspective to the African context.

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2 Responses to IBM Mentors go to Nairobi, Kenya to work with startups

  1. Would have liked to have been present. As one of the mentors from the previous IBM Smartcamp Global Finals; I’ve been impressed by the scope and skills of the African entrepreneurs.

  2. Pingback: From school project to thriving enterprise | IBM Global Entrepreneur

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