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PIVOT EAST 2019 WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Agriculture, Education, Entertainment, Finalist, Health, PIVOT East, Uncategorized, Winners

July 1, 2019

PIVOT East was held on 27th June 2019 at iHub in Nairobi.  The event was held for its 6th time. It saw startups from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda pitching both virtually and physically to a panel of judges and other attendees. The event was live streamed to the public as this year’s conference was an exclusive and smaller event to enrich networking and interaction by the attendees. Invitees included seasoned startups founders, startup enablers, investors, industry players, government representatives and development partners.

The winners of PIVOT East were are follows:

Entertainment –

Winner-  Cloud9xp 

Runner up – UGticket

Cloud9xp (Kenya)

Cloud9xp is an online marketplace, booking service and distributor for leisure experiences. We offer a simple way to discover and book leisure experiences to do across Africa. 

UG Tickets (Uganda)

UG Tickets is a secure, online platform designed to facilitate the selling, marketing, and distribution of tickets for the convenience of event organizers/vendors and the consumers making it  possible for people to browse through a variety of events in music, football, festivals, conferences and talk-shows online; from any place, make the payments using mobile money and receive the tickets directly on their mobiles via Email and SMS. 

Enterprise

Winner – Enfinite Solution

Runner up – Vipimo

Enfinite Solutions Limited (Kenya)

Through our portfolio of premium products – WakiliCMS and EliteSuite, we strive to make sure that law firms and legal departments are run efficiently to minimize costs, increase profits and improve decision making criteria.

Vipimo (Kenya)

Vipimo is a ‘sensor as a service’ subscription service currently serving several large customers in the B2B space (large farms, freight forwarders).

Utilities – 

Winner – Coinbox

Runner up – Sheria Kiganjani

COINBOX KENYA (Kenya)

Coinbox allows its users to own Coinboxes in different and diverse listed brands and save for their due holidays by sending whatever amount they are comfortably able to their Coinbox until they reach the required amount.

SHERIA KIGANJANI(Tanzania)

Sheria Kiganjani is the first online legal digital platform in Tanzania which enable users to access various legal services remotely from  their devices i.e. Mobile Phones, Tablets, Computers etc.

Social Impact  Category- 

Winner – AfyaKit

Runner up – Ecomakaa

AfyaKit (Kenya)

We are a social venture start-up, focused on improving health outcomes by providing actionable in-facility data to health sector players across Sub Saharan Africa. They have  analytics tool that enables decision making for health managers.

ECO MAKAA  (Kenya)

‘Eco Makaa’ is an e-commerce company that connects local fuel briquette producers to a client base. These fuel briquettes are smokeless eco-friendly alternatives to wood charcoal

Finance Category – 

Winner – Mobishule

Runner up – Work Pay

MOBISHULE(Kenya)

Mobishule is a Value Added Service proposition to parents of  partners’ schools that enables them to access small amounts of school fee cash advances using mobile.

Work Pay (Kenya)

Work Pay is a workforce management and payment system with mobile biometric Time Tracking, Payroll Management and automated salary payouts/payments to banks and mobile wallets. Work Pay plus also provides B2B salary financing to help enterprises pay their employees on time always.

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS!!!

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Tickets available for PIVOT East 2019 pitching conference – 27th June at iHub

PIVOT East

June 24, 2019

Tickets are now available for the PIVOT East 2019 startups and SMEs pitching conference at $50 per delegate. There are only 20 Tickets remaining and available for sale. They can be purchased HERE.

25 East African startups will pitch at the conference which will be held on 27th June at the iHub on the 6th Floor of Senteu Plaza on Galana Road. This year’s conference will be an exclusive and smaller event to enrich networking and interaction by the attendees. Invitees include Startups founders, investors, industry players, government representatives and development partners.

Each of the 25 startups will have 5 minutes to pitch on stage and another 5 minutes to field questions from a panel of judges. The pitching sessions will be sequenced according to the five competition categories. Pitching will be punctuated by short fireside chat panels discussing some of the hot issues in the East African startup scene. Panelists at the fireside chats have been chosen to maximize depth of insights contributed and opinion diversity.

The conference program is designed to facilitate maximum interaction and networking between startup founders, investors and other industry players. It includes networking breaks where delegates will interact with startups and their products. Delegates will also get a chance to get updates on new trends in the Tech and startup scene by the presentations from the PIVOT East Alumni during their short presentations as they highlight several topical issues in the East African startup and tech ecosystem. The 2019 version of the PIVOT East conference will be the sixth edition as its inception in 2011. The ruthless timekeeping and high energy tradition of PIVOT will be maintained, among other aspects that make it a unique conference for key actors in the startup scene.

Tickets to the conference costing $50 and are available online. Payments can be made using mobile money in Kenya as well as credit and debit cards in local currency or US dollars.

The full agenda with timelines may be found on the website.

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PIVOT EAST 2019 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

PIVOT East

June 19, 2019

PIVOT East, a startups competition is  geared towards nurturing the growing Startups and SMEs in East Africa. This year the competition opened for both hardware and software startups; this has influenced greatly the types of startups that we will see pitch during the conference this year. A number of startups in the manufacturing, agricultural value added products and health hardware startups just to mention a few. Most of them are leveraging  technology in sectors that conventionally were not considered tech savvy or embracing.

This year, we received 248 applications into the competition. 128 of them met the criteria and where submitted to a panel of 30 judges who to judge them and get the semifinalists shortlisted. This year also saw the first Semi finalist from Burundi and highest number of applicants we have had from Tanzania and Rwanda.  The finalists consist of 25 startups from across the region and 5 in the waiting list .

Here are the 2019 Finalists:

Finance Category:

TozzaPlus (Kenya)

TozzaPlus is a workforce management and payment system with mobile biometric Time Tracking, Payroll Management and automated salary payouts/payments to banks and mobile wallets. TozzaPlus plus also provides B2B salary financing to help enterprises pay their employees on time always.

SokoHela (Kenya)

SokoHela is an online short term working capital and financial literacy provider for micro and small enterprises in the urban agricultural value chain.

Engage & Prosper Africa (Kenya)

A Fintech startup that provides financial literacy to the bottom of the economic pyramid that is often left out by the conventional financial system.

A-Trader (Tanzania)

A-Trader is an AI-powered platform that enables users to access investment opportunities using any mobile device, and that also provides automated investment recommendations through a proprietary Robo-Advisor algorithm.

MOBISHULE(Kenya)

Mobishule is a Value Added Service proposition to parents of  partners’ schools that enables them to access small amounts of school fee cash advances using mobile.

Waiting;

Denkim Insurance (Kenya)

Denkim Insurance is a Kenyan insurance aggregator that interconnects all insurance players in the insurance value chain by helping customers select, buy insurance products and experience quick claim settlement processes.

Social Impact Category

Savanna Circuit Technologies Ltd (Kenya)

MaziwaPlus Pre-Chiller, pioneering portable Solar powered chilling on transit systems that can be mounted on motorbikes, trucks etc with a Milk collection app for efficiency, accountability and maximize profits to dairy producers and cooperatives by cutting Milk post harvest losses at the farm gate, enhancing product traceability and quality control.

Toolboksi (Tanzania)

Toolboksi is a platform that solves & unemployment and poverty by increasing the access to job opportunities to the skilled workers (Blue-collar workers, handymen, repairmen) operating in the informal sector by connecting them with customers using inclusive technologies (Web/SMS/Apps/Call/Short-code)

ECO MAKAA  (Kenya)

‘Eco Makaa’ is an e-commerce company that connects local fuel briquette producers to a client base. These fuel briquettes are smokeless eco-friendly alternatives to wood charcoal

Kilimofresh Foods Africa Limited(Tanzania)

Kilimo Fresh runs a B2B E-commerce produce distribution platform focused connecting farmers with customers on a B2B model. Kilimo aggregates, trades and market all types of foods, grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables significantly reducing post-harvest losses by cold storage.

AfyaKit (Kenya)

We are a social venture start-up, focused on improving health outcomes by providing actionable in-facility data to health sector players across Sub Saharan Africa. They have  analytics tool that enables decision making for health managers.

Waiting;

FreshBox Rwanda Ltd. (Rwanda)

FreshBox Rwanda is building modular, off-grid, solar powered, IoT equipped cold chain solutions to reduce post-harvest food loss in Rwanda and other developing nations. Our first product is an affordable cold room with a capacity of unto 5 Metric Ton. The cold room can extend the freshness of fruits and vegetables from 2 days to 21 days. It is designed and assembled in Rwanda.

Enterprise Category

FarmIT (Kenya)

FarmIT is an agricultural mobile based startup that uses crop mapping mobile technology to send real time and reliable agronomic, crop protection and husbandry practices to small scale horticultural farmers with an aim of improving

Kodisher Solutions (Kenya)

One stop solution for landlords and property managers for managing processes, transactions and data that improves efficiency and saves them money. Kodisher, manages billing, invoicing, payment processing and provides actionable reports.

Enfinite Solutions Limited (Kenya)

Through our portfolio of premium products – WakiliCMS and EliteSuite, we strive to make sure that law firms and legal departments are ran efficiently to minimize costs, increase profits and improve decision making criteria.

Mazimba Company Limited(Tanzania)

Using bananas to produce  wine as main product.

Vipimo (Kenya)

Vipimo is a ‘sensor as a service’ subscription service currently serving several large customers in the B2B space (large farms, freight forwarders).

Waiting;

Tetch Astro Systems (Kenya)

AVAS-360 is a cloud based fuel management system of hardware and software products that together enable access and remote control of fuel stores,whilst monitoring inventory, deliveries, staff performance and sales volumes.

Entertainment Category

Cloud9xp (Kenya)

Cloud9xp is an online marketplace, booking service and distributor for leisure experiences. We offer a simple way to discover and book leisure experiences to do across Africa.

Klurdy Solutions (Kenya)

Klurdy is a design studio with an interactive online service for buying personalized african fashion.

UG Tickets (Uganda)

UG Tickets is a secure, online platform designed to facilitate the selling, marketing, and distribution of tickets for the convenience of event organizers/vendors and the consumers making it  possible for people to browse through a variety of events in music, football, festivals, conferences and talk-shows online; from any place, make the payments using mobile money and receive the tickets directly on their mobiles via Email and SMS.

Pingle (Kenya)

Pingle is a platform that is connecting users to activities that interest them within Nairobi’s malls. Users on the Pingle platform can discover, book, and pay for these activities on the app.

Smoke Advertising (Kenya)

Specializes in both above and below the line advertising.

Waiting List;

Be Afrika Media Ltd (Kenya)

A personalised African content and social network aggregated and curated platform. A platform that aims to be a  lead in the sustainability of and reinvention of African content.

Utilities Category

SHERIA KIGANJANI(Tanzania)

Sheria Kiganjani is the first online legal digital platform in Tanzania which enable users to access various legal services remotely from  their devices i.e. Mobile Phones, Tablets, Computers etc.

iCare (Tanzania)

iCare is a first Tanzanian online retail shop that allow individuals, organizations and corporations to buy basic requirements like food, school equipments and hygiene essentials for charity donations. Also iCare enable individuals to celebrate special moments in their lives such as birthdays, graduations, promotions, anniversaries etc.. by giving back as charity donation.

AT HAUSE Limited(Uganda)

The startup thus provides a solution that uses insect and rot resistant 3ply bags to store produce for longer periods and enable the produce earn better. The producers are pulled together disaggregated farms to a smart value chain linked to wholesalers financed to purchase farmer’s stock. The wholesalers are connected to marketplaces available with large-scale agro buyers in Africa, Dubai and the Gulf Cooperation Council region.

COINBOX KENYA (Kenya)

Coinbox allows its users to own Coinboxes in different and diverse listed brands and save for their due holidays by sending whatever amount they are comfortably able to their Coinbox until they reach the required amount.

Calm Wildness (Kenya/ Rwanda)

Calm Wildness is a jewellery business that designs, makes and sells beaded jewellery for conservation. It designs and makes unique jewellery that tells conservation stories through its make like elephants earrings for elephant conservation. It also aims to include women near environmentally protected areas in its production and also expand to other aspects of fashion.

Waiting;

WeDeliver (Ethiopia)

WeDeliver is an on-demand delivery company with the objective of creating a centralized on-demand delivery platform through a mobile application. The platform will empower local businesses; empower low income earning communities and provide time saving services to end users by putting local business at the tip of their fingertips.

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PIVOT East 2019 Semifinalists Announced.

PIVOT East

May 28, 2019

PIVOT East, a startups competition geared towards nurturing the growing Startups and SMEs in East Africa, has unveiled semifinalist for this year’s competition. The competition opened the call for applications across the East Africa Region.  This year the competition opened for both hardware and software startups; this has influenced greatly the types of startups that we have seen in the competition. A number of startups in the manufacturing, agricultural value added products and health hardware startups just to mention a few.

This year, we received 248 applications into the competition. 128 of them meet the criteria and where submitted to a panel of 30 judges who are work in the SMEs and Startups enablers ecosystem. This was one of the most competitive selection processes we have had to date especially in the Finance, Enterprise and Social Impact categories. This year, sees the first Semi finalist from Burundi and highest number of applicants we have had from Tanzania and Rwanda.

The criteria used by the judges helped to evaluate the startups’ purported customer pain, opportunity and customer segments, the solution and its fit to the problem, the revenue model, and analysis of the competitive landscape. Other selection criteria items helped to evaluate the caliber of the team and the startups’ focus to grow into sustainable enterprises. These included the team composition and commitment, current market traction, and projections for milestones and key metrics.

PIVOT East aims to facilitate discovery and nurturing of the next wave of high potential business innovations into sustainable businesses. It is more than a competition – it’s a holistic platform for startups organizational development and business model refinement

A big thank you to our judges who took time out of their busy schedule to evaluate the startups. Now without further ado,  below are the semifinalists of PIVOT East 2019. Congratulations to all the semifinalist.

Finance Category:

SUMMARY: TozzaPlus (Kenya), SokoHela (Kenya), Denkim Insurance (Kenya), MOBISHULE(Kenya), A-Trader (Tanzania), Engage & Prosper Africa (Kenya), FINLINK KE (Kenya), ABAYB AGENCY (Kenya), DAMIAN AGRITHIK LIMITED (Kenya), Hermondew (Kenya)

TozzaPlus (Kenya)

TozzaPlus is a workforce management and payment system with mobile biometric Time Tracking, Payroll Management and automated salary payouts/payments to banks and mobile wallets. TozzaPlus plus also provides B2B salary financing to help enterprises pay their employees on time always.

SokoHela (Kenya)

SokoHela is an online short term working capital and financial literacy provider for micro and small enterprises in the urban agricultural value chain.

Engage & Prosper Africa (Kenya)

A Fintech startup that provides financial literacy to the bottom of the economic pyramid that is often left out by the conventional financial system.

A-Trader (Tanzania)

A-Trader is an AI-powered platform that enables users to access investment opportunities using any mobile device, and that also provides automated investment recommendations through a proprietary Robo-Advisor algorithm.

MOBISHULE(Kenya)

Mobishule is a Value Added Service proposition to parents of  partners’ schools that enables them to access small amounts of school fee cash advances using mobile application.

Denkim Insurance (Kenya)

Denkim Insurance is a Kenyan insurance aggregator that interconnects all insurance players in the insurance value chain by helping customers select, buy insurance products and experience quick claim settlement processes.

FINLINK KE (Kenya)

A peer to peer online mortgage lender focusing on affordable,undeveloped land suitable for housing and agricultural use, by  partnering with Credit Unions or Larger Saccos with large reserves offering affordable rates.

ABAYB AGENCY (Kenya)

ABAYB AGENCY offers Financial Services on behalf of Kenya Commercial Banks. Recruiting and funding entrepreneurs interested in bank agency. This is possible through Super-Agency Business Model tailored for banks, which is an improvement on Mobile Money agency models.

DAMIAN AGRITHIK LIMITED (Kenya)

A rabbit farming venture that seek to help rabbit farmers to acquire high value breeds and also market them. They provide soft loans for their upkeep and when rabbit matures they buy from the farmers to sell to our already available market and deduct our loan that was lend to the farmer.

Hermondew (Kenya)

Hermondew kenya is a micro lending company set up to offer small credits to individuals and groups of people who want to foster their businesses or to start a business. A very minimal interest is charged which is called service fee for smooth running of the company operations.

Social Impact Category

Summary: Savanna Circuit Technologies Ltd (Kenya), Toolboksi (Tanzania), AfyaKit (Kenya), ECO MAKAA  (Kenya), Community Healthcare Innovation Lab (Uganda), Kilimofresh Foods Africa Limited(Tanzania), FreshBox Rwanda Ltd. (Rwanda), Alonzo Inc Ltd (Rwanda), SkoolDesk (Uganda), Let’s Talk (Kenya)

Savanna Circuit Technologies Ltd (Kenya)

MaziwaPlus Pre-Chiller, pioneering portable Solar powered chilling on transit systems that can be mounted on motorbikes, trucks etc with a Milk collection app for efficiency, accountability and maximize profits to dairy producers and cooperatives by cutting Milk post harvest losses at the farm gate, enhancing product traceability and quality control.

Toolboksi (Tanzania)

Toolboksi is a platform that solves & unemployment and poverty by increasing the access to job opportunities to the skilled workers (Blue-collar workers, handymen, repairmen) operating in the informal sector by connecting them with customers using inclusive technologies (Web/SMS/Apps/Call/Short-code)

Community Healthcare Innovation Lab (Uganda)

Chil- Artificial intelligence Lab has come up with a more reliable, private and easy to access self-service technology to solve all these barriers. Cervical cancer Kit and App; an artificial intelligence Technology that test the availability of HPV 16 and 18 .The results are sent to our E-Oncology Mobile Application which using Bluetooth for interpretation. The Mobile Application offers customers the same experience as interaction  with a physical Oncologist. It also gives follow up to all customers bi-weekly by calling.

ECO MAKAA  (Kenya)

‘Eco Makaa’ is an e-commerce company that connects local fuel briquette producers to a client base. These fuel briquettes are smokeless eco-friendly alternatives to wood charcoal

Kilimofresh Foods Africa Limited(Tanzania)

Kilimo Fresh runs a B2B E-commerce produce distribution platform focused connecting farmers with customers on a B2B model. Kilimo aggregates, trades and market all types of foods, grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables significantly reducing post-harvest losses by cold storage.

AfyaKit (Kenya)

We are a social venture start-up, focused on improving health outcomes by providing actionable in-facility data to health sector players across Sub Saharan Africa. They have  analytics tool that enables decision making for health managers.

FreshBox Rwanda Ltd. (Rwanda)

FreshBox Rwanda is building modular, off-grid, solar powered, IoT equipped cold chain solutions to reduce post-harvest food loss in Rwanda and other developing nations. Our first product is an affordable cold room with a capacity of unto 5 Metric Ton. The cold room can extend the freshness of fruits and vegetables from 2 days to 21 days. It is designed and assembled in Rwanda.

Alonzo Inc Ltd (Rwanda)

HelloMed is a digital home-based medical service that provides health services to patients from their homes. It also delivers medicine to chronically ill patients.

SkoolDesk (Uganda)

Skooldesk is an e-learning platform for young learners that provides quality test questions in the four main subjects taught at primary level i.e. English, Math, Science and Social Studies (SST). It also provides an analytics engine that helps Parents and Teachers monitor the performance of the learners. Using interactive learning objects such as Drag and Drop, Matching, audio and video we make learning fun and interactive.

Let’s Talk (Kenya)

Let’s Talk works with people with stress and depression to help them manage their condition better. Creating safe spaces for people to share their stories and start the healing process. They seek to improve mental health services to ensure we have a stable workforce and raise a mentally stable generation.

Enterprise Category

Summary: FarmIT (Kenya), MedDuka (Uganda), Tetch Astro Systems (Kenya), Kodisher Solutions (Kenya), Mazimba Company Limited(Tanzania), Enfinite Solutions Limited (Kenya), eKulima Agricultural Services (Kenya),  Vipimo (Kenya), Efarmu dairy management software (Uganda/Kenya), KONCEPT (Tanzania)

FarmIT (Kenya)

FarmIT is an agricultural mobile based startup that uses crop mapping mobile technology to send real time and reliable agronomic, crop protection and husbandry practices to small scale horticultural farmers with an aim of improving

MedDuka (Uganda)

MedDuka enhances collaboration between pharma distributors and retail pharmacies through its Scan Based Trading(SBT) ERP platform and mobile Point-of-Sale solution. This enables distributors maintain ownership of physical inventory within retail stores until items are scanned and sold at the point of sale.

Tetch Astro Systems (Kenya)

AVAS-360 is a cloud based fuel management system of hardware and software products that together enable access and remote control of fuel stores,whilst monitoring inventory, deliveries, staff performance and sales volumes.

Kodisher Solutions (Kenya)

One stop solution for landlords and property managers for managing processes, transactions and data that improves efficiency and saves them money. Kodisher, manages billing, invoicing, payment processing and provides actionable reports.

Enfinite Solutions Limited (Kenya)

Through our portfolio of premium products – WakiliCMS and EliteSuite, we strive to make sure that law firms and legal departments are ran efficiently to minimize costs, increase profits and improve decision making criteria.

Mazimba Company Limited(Tanzania)

Using bananas to produce  wine as main product.

eKulima Agricultural Services (Kenya)

eKulima Agricultural Services specializes in growing and production of  value addition of the Orange Fresh Sweet potato (OFSP) such as bread, donuts and cakes from orange fresh sweet potatoes flour.

Vipimo (Kenya)

Vipimo is a ‘sensor as a service’ subscription service currently serving several large customers in the B2B space (large farms, freight forwarders).

KONCEPT (Tanzania)

Koncept is a Leading Digital Integrated Advertising, Marketing & PR/Communications Agency Headquartered in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania that specializes in devising creative and innovative communication marketing strategies for corporate clients, institutions, individuals and the like.

Efarmu dairy management software (Uganda/Kenya)

Efarmu dairy management software enables farmers to accurately record their farm records; the system visualizes them into reports that help farmers evaluate their financial status

Entertainment Category

Summary: Cloud9xp (Kenya), Klurdy Solutions (Kenya), UG Tickets (Uganda), Pingle (Kenya), Be Afrika Media Ltd (Kenya), EXPECT EXTRA (Tanzania), Smoke Advertising (Kenya), Swilin inc (Kenya), WekaVenue (Kenya), Inkilani events(Kenya)

Cloud9xp (Kenya)

Cloud9xp is an online marketplace, booking service and distributor for leisure experiences. We offer a simple way to discover and book leisure experiences to do across Africa.

Klurdy Solutions (Kenya)

Klurdy is a design studio with an interactive online service for buying personalized african fashion.

UG Tickets (Uganda)

UG Tickets is a secure, online platform designed to facilitate the selling, marketing, and distribution of tickets for the convenience of event organizers/vendors and the consumers making it  possible for people to browse through a variety of events in music, football, festivals, conferences and talk-shows online; from any place, make the payments using mobile money and receive the tickets directly on their mobiles via Email and SMS.

Pingle (Kenya)

Pingle is a platform that is connecting users to activities that interest them within Nairobi’s malls. Users on the Pingle platform can discover, book, and pay for these activities on the app.

Be Afrika Media Ltd (Kenya)

A personalised African content and social network aggregated and curated platform. A platform that aims to be a  lead in the sustainability of and reinvention of African content.

Smoke Advertising (Kenya)

Specializes in both above and below the line advertising.

EXPECT EXTRA (Tanzania)

A mobile game that inculcates the spirit of Animal and Natural environment conservation to its players while entertaining them at the same.

Swilin inc (Kenya)

Swilin is an online social networking platform for updating people about the work they do, business and their personal lives.

WekaVenue (Kenya)

An online platform bridging the gap between venue hosts and its customers

Inkilani events (Kenya)

Inkilani events is an online based one stop shop for all goods and services required in event planning .We provide a platform for service providers in the event industry to consumers, for example, photographers, DJs, caterers, bakers e.t.c. The vendors post their work on our website and quote their prices and the customers search and pick what they require from their vendor of choice.

Utilities Category

Summary: SHERIA KIGANJANI(Tanzania), AT HAUSE Limited(Uganda), iCare (Tanzania), WeDeliver (Ethiopia),  Nectar (Kenya), Haraka Home (Kenya) , Fundi App (Tanzania), COINBOX KENYA (Kenya), INEZA Smart Farming (Burundi), Calm Wildness (Kenya/ Rwanda)

SHERIA KIGANJANI(Tanzania)

Sheria Kiganjani is the first online legal digital platform in Tanzania which enable users to access various legal services remotely from  their devices i.e. Mobile Phones, Tablets, Computers etc.

AT HAUSE Limited(Uganda)

The startup thus provides a solution that uses insect and rot resistant 3ply bags to store produce for longer periods and enable the produce earn better. The producers are pulled together disaggregated farms to a smart value chain linked to wholesalers financed to purchase farmer’s stock. The wholesalers are connected to marketplaces available with large-scale agro buyers in Africa, Dubai and the Gulf Cooperation Council region.

iCare (Tanzania)

iCare is a first Tanzanian online retail shop that allow individuals, organizations and corporations to buy basic requirements like food, school equipments and hygiene essentials for charity donations. Also iCare enable individuals to celebrate special moments in their lives such as birthdays, graduations, promotions, anniversaries etc.. by giving back as charity donation.

WeDeliver (Ethiopia)

WeDeliver is an on-demand delivery company with the objective of creating a centralized on-demand delivery platform through a mobile application. The platform will empower local businesses; empower low income earning communities and provide time saving services to end users by putting local business at the tip of their fingertips.

Haraka Home (Kenya)

Haraka Home is Africa’s “Costco on wheels,” saving low income East African consumers money by delivering bulk commodities using a distributed fleet of delivery vehicles preloaded with fast moving consumer goods.

Nectar (Kenya)

Our cloud-based platform Nectar, makes it easy for utilities/landlords/microgrids/borehole managers to receive payment for Electricity, Water or Gas services *BEFORE* consumption from their customers, with zero setup cost. This leads to reduced debt, fewer disconnections and happier customers.

Fundi App (Tanzania)

FUNDI APP. Fundi app is a mobile application where vetted vocational skilled individuals such as auto mechanics, electricians, plumbers and various technicians get connected with customers in real time. The platform will help users locate and request for the nearest Fundi to have their problem fixed in time, with quality and at an affordable cost.

INEZA Smart Farming (Burundi)

3 in 1 package for farmers that includes 1. smart farming app and  SMS notification platform that provides information on rain forecast, market prices and other relevant information,  2. access to a solar powered water pump service and 3. a simple and easy to use soil tester that comes with graphic instructive and educational information on the best farming practices in the local language.

COINBOX KENYA (Kenya)

Coinbox allows its users to own Coinboxes in different and diverse listed brands and save for their due holidays by sending whatever amount they are comfortably able to their Coinbox until they reach the required amount.

Calm Wildness (Kenya/ Rwanda)

Calm Wildness is a jewellery business that designs, makes and sells beaded jewellery for conservation. It designs and makes unique jewellery that tells conservation stories through its make like elephants earrings for elephant conservation. It also aims to include women near environmentally protected areas in its production and also expand to other aspects of fashion.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE SEMIFINALISTS. 

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PIVOT East Invitation for Investors and Partners

PIVOT East

March 14, 2019

PIVOT East, is one of the most consistent and open deal pipeline forums for investors in East Africa. For 5 years, the event attracted more than 200 investors from across the world. These investors have gone to find deals, form collaborations with each other, gauge the readiness of the market and investment environment in the region as they look at growing their portfolio. Pivot Alumni received over $200K from iHub and gone to raise $40M from external investors in the past 5 years.

The competition officially opens its application portal for entries on March 12th 2019 and will continue to accept applications until midnight EAT on April 13th 2019. We are inviting investors and partners to join us in the event this year.

The competition has five categories in both software and hardware which are;

  1. Finance – including digital or mobile payments, banking, insurance, cryptocurrencies, e-commerce etc.
  2. Enterprise – including ERP Systems, CRMs, Recruiting platforms, value chain management, marketing, production,  etc.
  3. Entertainment – including gaming, social networking, e-magazines, music, video, photography etc.
  4. Social Impact – including education, agriculture, health, governance, and other social development themes.
  5. Utilities – A catch-all category including applications for enhancing the usability and versatility of technology etc

We are looking for individuals or firms of angel investors, venture capitalists, private equity and banks to participate as judges, panellists or attendees.  If you would like to participate as an investor sign up HERE

In the previous years, Pivot East has received support from more than 30 organizations both financially and in kind. Some of these partners are East African Technology hubs, Law Firms, Technology bloggers, Tech companies, Government and Media. We are looking for Community Partners, Media, Corporate, Accommodation among others. If you would like to be a partner sign up HERE

We have had these companies as sponsors: Samsung, Omidyar Network, NESC, Co-op  Bank, InMobi, Mercy Corps, Kenya ICT Board, Safaricom, Qualcomm, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Nokia, CGAP, Accion, BlackBerry, OLX, Eskimi, Uganda Communications Commission, MTN Uganda, NITA-UG, World Bank( infoDev), Chase Bank, Motorola Solutions , Intel, Facebook, Making All Voices Count, Chase Bank, Homeboyz Entertainment among others.

Here is what you should expect as a partner or Investor:

  • Deal Pipeline for investors:  25 startups will be pitching at the event, this will be an opportunity to find out more about the business model, their company vision and meet some of their team members at the event.
  • Visibility: We will share information about your business on our social media platforms and community. We will also list you as a partner on our website as well as share the same on all communication materials.
  • Networking: Engage with the different stakeholder who will attend the event. They will be angel investors, venture capitalists, corporate executives, senior government officials, Hub Managers, SME enablers, representatives of development organizations and researchers.

We have worked with over 150 startups across East Africa. Some Pivot alumni are Eneza Education, Totohealth, and Mfarm, Kopokopo, Ma3Route, Ma3Racer, Lipisha, SleepOut.com, Hehe Ltd, Ensibuuko, Ubongo Kids to mention a few. Over 3,000 people have attended PIVOT East events across the region. The conference attracts at least 200 participants per event.

Sign up

  • For investor sign up HERE
  • For partnership sign up HERE

PIVOT East is organised by iHub . The competition aims to catalyse the growth of  East Africa startups, so as to amplify and consolidate the gains of East Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.  The key objective for this year’s event is to ensure that we provide maximum opportunities for all stakeholders to engage before, during and after the competition. It is only through this open engagement that we can surface learnings, which will go into ensuring a more robust ecosystem.

For more information visit www.pivoteast.co.ke. Follow: www.facebook.com/pivoteast

Email: [email protected]

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Pivot East call for application for startups opened

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March 13, 2019

PIVOT East, one of the most prestigious startup competitions and conferences is now open for entries through its PIVOT East Startups Community Network. The competition officially opens its application portal for entries on March 12th 2019 and will continue to accept applications until midnight EAT on April 13th 2019.

PIVOT East is organised by iHub . The competition aims to catalyse the growth of  East Africa startups, so as to amplify and consolidate the gains of East Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.  The key objective for this year’s event is to ensure that we provide maximum opportunities for all stakeholders to engage before, during and after the competition. It is only through this open engagement that we can surface learnings, which will go into ensuring a more robust ecosystem.

Applications to compete in 2019 will be entered as detailed startup profiles which describe the customer pain, the solution, revenue streams, team composition and commitment, market traction, projections and milestones among other aspects.  The overall startup profile will be used by the competition judges who will be experienced entrepreneurs, investors, startup enablers and business coaches to score the potential of the startup to become a sustainable high growth enterprise.

The competition has five categories in both software and hardware which are;

  1. Finance – including digital or mobile payments, banking, insurance, cryptocurrencies, e-commerce etc.
  2. Enterprise – including ERP Systems, CRMs, Recruiting platforms, value chain management, marketing, production,  etc.
  3. Entertainment – including gaming, social networking, e-magazines, music, video, photography etc.
  4. Social Impact – including education, agriculture, health, governance, and other social development themes.
  5. Utilities – A catch-all category including applications for enhancing the usability and versatility of technology etc

Start-ups across the region that meet the requirement can start applying for the competition. Information on how to join, including eligibility criteria, is HERE. The finalists will receive training and coaching on how to pitch to potential partners, customers and investors, sales, digital marketing, legal and employee retention.

The deadline for submission of applications is on 13th April 2019. Applicants are encouraged to start building and curating their startup profiles early as they might need to research or source some of the information required widely.

We are also looking for investors and partners if you would like to know more about this read HERE

For more information visit www.pivoteast.co.ke. Follow: www.facebook.com/pivoteast

Email: [email protected]

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How to participate in Pivot East 2019.

PIVOT East

March 12, 2019

 Eligibility, Criteria and Intellectual Property

PIVOT East is a startup competition and conference held annually since 2011. PIVOT East has officially opened the call for applications for its 2019 edition and will continue to accept applications until midnight EAT on 13th April 2019.

Startups from across the region that meet the requirements can start applying for the competition. Startups may join the competition here

Eligibility criteria:

  • Participating startups must be domiciled in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia.
  • Entries to the competition will be considered to be startups as per the universal definition of a “startup”* or a startup company (*as done below)
  • Participants must fill the co-founder’s details, startup profile and startup details. 
  • Participating startups must also indicate details of at least two members of their team in their application profile
  • Companies that reached final 25 lists of previous PIVOT East competition cannot compete with products/services previously submitted for the competition, the judging panel will have the discretion to disqualify entries in breach of this requirement.
  • Competitors selected to the final 25 must have set up a legal entity (business name, limited company etc) for their business by the time the call for application closes. Competitors with legal entities already set up will have an added advantage at all judging stages.
  • Decisions of the judging committees at all competition stages will be final.

How to enter the competition:

Make sure you have a venture profile published on the VC4Africa platform

Startups that meet the eligibility criteria may enter their application into the competition through the following steps:-

  1. Go to VC4Africa platform and set up your startup profile HERE
  2. Curate your Startup profile according to given profile headings: Co-founder’s details, Startup profile and Startup details. 

Applicants are advised to use all components available under the profiles section to best describe their strengths and potential for growth.

What is a startup?

For purposes of PIVOT East competition, the definition that “a startup company or startup is a company or temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model” will apply. The competition will accept treatment of innovative software and hardware solutions fronted by companies that otherwise have other solutions as separate startup entries. This will be on the expectation that the innovative solution entered in the competition can be:

  • New products/services by new startups
  • New products/services by former Pivot East finalist
  • Spin-offs from existing companies with the potential/intention to grow into a separate autonomous company.

Intellectual Property and visibility of Startups’ information:

Information submitted through the PIVOT East competition application process and the associated intellectual property belongs to the startups. The information will be visible to organizers of PIVOT including the judging panels for purposes of identifying the best startups to showcase and support through the competition only.

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Partner with Chase Bank, m:lab and iHub to build your startup!

Workshops

August 7, 2015

 Chase Bank is at the epicentre of the entrepreneurial ecosystem offering various types of support to startups as well as empowering entrepreneurs to realise their dreams. For about a year now, Chase Bank has collaborated with iHub and m:lab to nurture the Kenyan innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems. We are now looking to directly offer a unique and valuable opportunity to game-changing startups in FinTech and/or those that rely on aspects of financial inclusion. We understand that the tech environment is dynamic and that you want a partner to not only keep up but also accelerate your success.
For the next few months we endeavour to support two startups through a mutually beneficial partnership that will see Chase Bank provide the following:

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  1. Free financial consultation
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  3. Potential Integration of your innovation with Chase Bank systems

In addition, the iHub and m:lab commit to providing:

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  1. iHub membership and all its accrued benefits (6 months-1year)
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  3. Mentorship for three months
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  5. Advisory services in areas such as market research and legal.
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  7. Opportunities to attend training sessions at m:lab (For developer trainings, a subsidised rate will apply)

Criteria for selection

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  1. Your product should be in FinTech or rely on financial services/improve financial inclusion
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  3. Have at least a working prototype
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  5. The business should be registered as a legal entity

If this opportunity appeals to your start-up business, please send a brief write-up to[email protected]by August 13th 2015. The write-up should include the following information:

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  1. Business/Company Profile
    To cover:
    History/background; key personnel; etc
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  3. Solution overview
    To cover: Definition of user need/area solution covers; Description of solution; target customers; revenue models/sustainability model
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  5. Purpose for support sought
    To cover: why support is needed; what support will be used for; etc

 
This article was written by GLADYS KITONY.

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Three Representatives chosen for the Slush Impact Accelerator Kenyan Event

Workshops

July 31, 2015

Slush is a technology conference for startups and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media. In 2014, Slush brought together over 14.000 attendees and more than 3500 companies for the two-day event, with more than 750 investors. Next Slush will take place in Helsinki on November 11-12th, 2015.
One of the key cross-cutting themes of 2015 is “Slush Impact”: program for purpose ­driven startups that combine scalable business models with positive impact on the environment or society.
Impact Accelerator is co-organised with Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, UNICEF and other partners, including m:lab East Africa in Kenya. The program includes pre-event mentoring, local Helsinki boot camp program from 4th to 13th of November, 2015 culminating to Slush, and post-event support.
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The Kenyan selection event was held at the m:lab on the 28th July 2015. Three representatives were selected by a panel of expert judges. The panel based their decision on: Composition of the team, traction, potential for measurable  positive impact on people, society, or planet,scalable and sustainability potential of the business. The three startups who have been passed to the final selection committee in Finland are:

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  • Arifu is an education marketplace where the world’s least served people can access the information and training they need from the organizations they trust on any mobile phone.
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  • Sifasafi a platform for students to find volunteering opportunities, organizations to find volunteers and from volunteers to build their volunteering profiles.
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  • eSoma, a web and mobile application for upper primary pupils, taking the Kenyan curriculum, to revise in a fun and engaging manner.

The shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the Slush Selection Committee for an interview. The final decision of the selection will be made by the Selection Committee based on the application form and interview. We wish them the best.

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Apply Now To Slush Impact Accelerator

PIVOT East, Workshops

July 24, 2015

Slush is a technology conference for startups and tech talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media. In 2014, Slush brought together over 14.000 attendees and more than 3500 companies for the two-day event, with more than 750 investors. Next Slush will take place in Helsinki on November 11-12th, 2015. One of the key cross-cutting themes of 2015 is “Slush Impact”: program for purpose driven startups that combine scalable business models with positive impact on the environment or society.Together with Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, UNICEF and other partners, including m:Lab East Africa in Kenya, Slush features Impact Accelerator program for thirty world-changing impact entrepreneurs from all over the world.
WHAT IS IMPACT ACCELERATOR?
Impact Accelerator is co-organised with Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, UNICEF and other partners, including m:Lab East Africa. Impact Accelerator will help the next world changing founders to speed up their businesses through skills workshops, networking opportunities, meeting investors and potential partners, as well as through exposure before and
in Slush conference. The program includes pre-event mentoring, local Helsinki boot camp program from 4th to 13th of November, 2015 culminating to Slush, and post-event support.
Slush
WHAT WILL THE IMPACT ACCELERATOR PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE?

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  • Participation in the Helsinki boot camp program from the 4th to 13th of November, 2015: air tickets and accommodation covered for the duration of the program*
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  • Conference pass to Slush
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  • Opportunity to be featured in Slush within Slush Impact
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  • Opportunity to attend and to be featured in UNICEF Innovation Summit
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  • Networking and meeting opportunities with impact investors, NGOs, institutions, startups, media and other stakeholders
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  • Skills workshops and capacity building
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  • Industry specific matchmaking sessions

HOW TO APPLY?
Fill in a short application form for the local competition at m:lab. The selected applicants to attend the local competition will be pitching their business in front of a local panel of judges. The judges will shortlist 2-4 candidates, who will then fill in more in-depth application form. The shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the Selection Committee for an interview. The final decision of the selection will be made by the Selection Committee based on the application form and interview.
WHAT IS THE SELECTION CRITERIA?

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  • A great team that can convince us that they have the skills and drive to succeed
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  • A business idea that has gained some traction, yet is still in early phase
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  • A business concept that will have a measurable positive impact on people, society, or planet
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  • Business concept must be highly scalable and ideally have a strong technology focus
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  • There are no limitations to in terms of sector or geographical focus.

We are now looking for the next world-changing business ideas that directly addresses global development challenges. Do you have one? Apply now to the program HERE. Entries for this close on 26th July. We are looking for only 30 applicants.

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