Today, 10 innovative Kenyan enterprises will pitch to a panel of experts for a chance to receive up to Ksh 13 million of support from the UK funded Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund.
Through the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is looking to test and support innovations with the potential to stimulate large-scale job creation.
The Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund is a £5m, 4-year catalytic jobs fund that will, through a mix of technical assistance and grant support, test competitively selected innovations that have potential to unlock market constraints and create jobs, including for the most vulnerable, such as people living with disability. The intended programme impact is increased or improved productive employment opportunities for poor young men and women in target sectors and geographies.
The enterprises who will be delivering their pitches are:
Ten Senses Africa who work with nearly 30k smallholder farmers to produce and export macadamia & cashew nuts.
Rio Fish is improving productivity in the fish industry, connecting fish farmers and traders through an online platform.
Taka Taka Solutions are investing in recycling with the aim of creating thousands of jobs for waste pickers, sorters and factory workers as well as improving the quality of work for low income earners.
Savanna Circuit Technologies has developed a solar powered cooling unit to help milk farmers reduce spoilage and increase profits.
Lynk is transforming the informal labour sector by providing a technology platform that connects workers to clients.
Mohazo is creating opportunities for craft workers in the informal sector by showcasing their artefacts online and linking them to export markets.
Buildher trains disadvantaged women from informal settlements in construction and life skills.
Daproim empowers youth by training and employing bright underserved university students.
HopeTech Plus is addressing the employability challenge faced by people with visual impairments through a platform linking recruiters with job seekers.
Equatorial Sunpower provides basic energy solutions in arid and semi-arid areas providing employment opportunities for selected agents running solar charging stations.