Women in tech

The entrepreneurial landscape in Kenya is set for another significant boost as Standard Chartered and @iBizAfrica- Strathmore University announce the 15 startups selected to join their Women In Tech programme. This initiative is designed to support female entrepreneurs leveraging technology to spearhead sustainable startups that generate impact.

This year’s theme, “Empowering Women for a Sustainable Future,” underscores the programme’s commitment to fostering technology-based sustainable solutions. These startups are not only expected to demonstrate a solid understanding of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) practices but also to show a commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme aims to enable these startups to adhere to ESG practices, providing them with the opportunity to advance Kenyan and global initiatives.

The selected startups will undergo 12 weeks of business incubation training. This rigorous training will cover the fundamentals of business idea conceptualization, strategy formulation, and marketing. Key emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT), and big data will also be integrated into the curriculum. Following the training, seven of the companies will each receive KES 1.2 million in funding to grow their businesses.

Dr. Joseph Sevilla, Director of iBizAfrica, Strathmore University, expressed his enthusiasm: “These start-ups exemplify the innovative spirit and resilience of women entrepreneurs in Kenya. We are committed to providing them with the resources and mentorship they need to scale their businesses and create sustainable impact for Kenya.”

Highlighting the Selected Startups

Let’s take a closer look at the 15 innovative startups selected for this year’s Women In Tech programme:

  1. Girah Heritage Ltd
    • A sustainable tourism company providing unique cultural travel experiences for budget travellers.
  2. MOMA Renewable Energy
    • A producer of liquid renewable fuels, their flagship product is an ethanol-based cooking fuel derived from food waste and byproducts.
  3. Voda Water
    • A for-profit social enterprise dedicated to improving global health through clean water initiatives.
  4. Zidallie
    • A leading provider of comprehensive transport solutions ensuring safe and efficient transportation for students.
  5. Investa Farm
    • Revolutionizing agricultural financing through blockchain and AI technologies, connecting farmers with cryptocurrency lenders worldwide.
  6. Gwiji for Women
    • A tech social enterprise empowering marginalized and underprivileged women from slum communities who work as casual cleaners.
  7. Meira Education Solutions
    • An EdTech solutions provider offering a comprehensive school search portal and collaborating with other tech companies to introduce the right tools to learning institutions in Kenya.
  8. Zaoshinani
    • A Fintech driving agricultural transformation using technology and data to promote financial inclusion among smallholder farmers in rural Kenya.
  9. Kavalian Limited
    • A Kenyan clean-tech company on a mission to revolutionize waste management and empower communities through innovative waste management solutions.
  10. Smart Reja
    • A data-driven platform providing tools for retailers to optimize inventory, make data-driven decisions, and increase sales.
  11. AerialGIS
    • A web application that fuses subdivision maps with interactive mapping and VR technology to virtually transport property seekers to property locations on the map.
  12. PsychCare Clinic
    • A level 2 facility offering mental healthcare services, regulated by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board.
  13. Jido
    • An on-demand delivery management app designed to simplify package deliveries through goods consolidation and route optimization technology.
  14. Africa Stem Girl
    • Founded in May 2020 to expose individuals aged 7-17 to coding skills, fostering early tech education.
  15. Hayah Cradle To Bloom
    • A data-driven platform providing tools for retailers to optimize inventory and make informed decisions to boost sales.
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Joyce Kibe, Head of Corporate Affairs, Brand and Marketing, Kenya and Africa, Standard Chartered, highlighted the broader vision: “Kenya’s advanced use of technologies means that it is in an ideal position to apply creative interventions to global climate issues. We are very confident that the businesses that we shall be incubating shall power the future of business in Kenya and beyond.”

The Women In Tech programme by Standard Chartered and @iBizAfrica- Strathmore University stands as a beacon of empowerment, innovation, and sustainable development. By supporting female entrepreneurs in leveraging technology, this initiative not only aims to foster business growth but also to create a lasting positive impact on society and the environment.

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Nigel Jr.
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