On Tuesday evening, British Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Susie Kitchens, caught up with the Kenyan alumni from the Go Global Africa 2019 programme following their return from a fortnight of intensive workshops in the UK.
Six Kenyan technological start-ups were selected to participate in the programme which came to an end on 4 April with the representatives given the opportunity to pitch their start-ups to a panel of judges.
Afya-Plan were one of three start-ups recognised by judges Suzanne Ashman, (Partner at Local Globe), Cansu Deniz Bayrak (Head of Partnerships, Bethnal Green Ventures), Gary Stewart (Managing Director of Wayra UK) and Lyndon Subroyen (Global Head of Digital at Investec), for their excellent pitching skills.
During the previous two weeks the representatives from the start-ups had met with UK corporates, investors and the tech sector to exchange ideas, share innovations and learn how to scale and grow their business.
The six representatives from Kenya and their businesses were:
Ethredah Chao, Afya-Plan
Afya-Plan is creating a digital savings platform for the many existing microfinance savings groups where they can save for medical services and be better prepared for medical emergencies. The users can request medical financial assistance and the money is sent to a health facility to cover the medical expenses, from the pool of savings. Built on a mobile money platform, the users can easily save with M-Pesa and manage all their transactions from a mobile phone.
Allan Tullo, Myfugo
Myfugo is a web platform that gives precise data-driven insights on dairy reproductive cycles to accurately predict an estrus event resulting in successful lactations, increased calving and higher milk yield over a cow’s lifetime. It offers health insights and information from experienced veterinarians leading to preventive and timely disease interventions. Dairy farmers are able to get actionable insights and recommendations to boost productivity, animal health and improved income.
Jamie Magambo, CropCrowd
CropCrowd is an impact farming platform which uses secure peer to peer lending to connect sophisticated, philanthropic investors with farmers in East Africa. CropCrowd allows anyone to participate in ground-breaking ‘crowdfarming’ ventures, impacting the lives of farmers in a positive way while you grow your money and make returns. Investments not only empower and protect small-scale farmers in East Africa, but also enable them to make significant extra income.
Nasreen Ali, Cherehani Africa
Cherehani Africa is a social enterprise that leverages mobile technology to provide credit and to distribute personalised financial information to women and teenage girls who own micro-enterprises in rural and underserved markets in Kenya. Customers are members of locally registered groups of between 10-25 members who come together based on their business type and proximity. The app combines an owner’s platform with a team of field officers who are tasked with building trust, resolving problems and ensuring value for our customers. The goal is to build thriving communities by providing the right financial tools to the financially excluded.
Richard Machomba, FlexPay
FlexPay allows customers (who are not in a position to access credit from financial institutions or make one-off payments) to reserve goods and services conveniently via mobile phones and make mobile payments, gradually, at their own pace, over a stipulated period of time. It currently operates in the retail space and is looking to expand into other areas namely, rent payments, tourism & travel, school fees and health insurance.
Isaac Karani, Elikham Systems Limited
Elikham Systems Limited offers onsite wastewater treatment and recycling systems, solving the problem of water scarcity and environmental pollution, particularly in urban centres. We work with real estate developers, urban town planners, institutions and governments to make cities work. The company designs and sells wastewater systems, charging for installation and maintenance.