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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.

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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.

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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).

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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 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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Rapid Experimentation, Catalyst for Innovation & Lean UX/UI Session

Finalist, PIVOT East, Workshops

August 18, 2014

PIVOT East Participants during a previous training.

PIVOT East Participants during a previous training.


On the  27th of August 2014, we will have a training that is one of its kind. The training is aimed at the technical members of the startups teams.  The session will take place at m:lab East Africa from 9:00am to 12:00pm . The sessions will be on Rapid Experimentation, Catalyst for Innovation & Lean UX/UI with Solstice Mobile. Solstice Mobile is one of the leading provider of enterprise innovation and mobility solutions in the US. With the largest dedicated mobile software engineering team in the United States, they have deep expertise across iOS, Android and Windows 8 platforms. Their other specialities include:  Enterprise Mobile Strategy & Innovation, Internet of Things, M2M, Mobile Architecture, Mobile Governance, User Experience Design, Mobile Infrastructure & Security, iOS, Android, and HTML5 Applications, Mobile Testing & Support, Agile Transformation. They have won several awards in the USA .
The sessions will be conducted by:
 jschwanJ Schwan, the Founder and CEO of Solstice Mobile. He was recently inducted into the Chicago Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame, was awarded the University of Illinois College of Engineering Young Alumnus of the Year award, was named one of Chicago’s Tech Week 100 and has had recent work inducted into the Computerworld Hall of Fame.
 

Angelique Rickhoff,

Angelique Rickhoff, User Experience Consultant at Solstice Mobile. She received an Associate’s Degree in Digital Design, a Bachelors in Interactive Media, and a Master in Human Computer Interaction. Her studies embodied coursework around visual design, ethnography, designing for accessibility, usability methods, and user research.

 
mark-wallaceMark Wallace, a management consultant focused on mobile and contextual technologies. He has deep experience in product management and implementation services in both the healthcare and financial industries. Mark has worked with several consumer-directed healthcare startups to build their products and launch. He also served as a lead on the Knowledge Management Team with Ernst & Young, developing intranet strategies for their domestic and international telecom partners.
 
“Rapid Experimentation and a Catalyst for Innovation”
Disruptive technologies continue to change expectations from already demanding consumers, forcing brands to create more contextually relevant experiences. But how does the enterprise keep up with these emerging technologies and focus in on which ones to harness? To be successful, brands need practices and methodologies that span the gap between short and long innovation horizons.
Join Solstice Founder and CEO, J Schwan, as he shares how rapid experimentation and lean prototyping are accelerating enterprise innovation.
“Lean UI/UX”
Stemming from the Lean Startup Movement, Lean UX advocates for trimming down traditional user experience methods so they can be applied effectively to a fast paced Agile environment. The key principles of Lean UX include early customer validation, collaborative design, solving user problems, measuring key performance indicators, applying appropriate tools, and nimble design. Lean UX provides “just enough” documentation to keep everyone on the same page and allowing the team to iterate as they learn more.
Join user experience expert Angelique Rickhoff from Solstice Mobile, as she shares how these approaches can be applied to your work.
To attend this event, RSVP HERE. (there are only 25 slots available)

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Pivot East 2013 is finally here! the battle lines are drawn

PIVOT East

June 24, 2013

pivoteast_logoPivot East 2013 is finally here. With only a few hours left to the conference, the organizing team is working on final details of the event while on the other hand finalists are rehearsing their lines for the big stage. The audience this year will be rich with investors, development partners, telecoms operators and other industry players from East Africa and Across the globe. Sheraton Hotel in Kampala Uganda will provide the big stage on 25th and 26th June.

 Between teams from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda the battle lines are already drawn. One of the most interesting battle to watch will be in the Finance category. In an notable departure from past trends where Kenyan startups dominated presence in all categories. Kenya does not have a single representative in the Mobile Finance category.

The curtains will close down on 26th June with a fierce battle between two Tanzanian startups Go Finance and TiME tickets pitted against Uganda’s Inforex, Mduka and Intelworld. Stiff competition between Kenyan and Ugandan startups exists in all other categories. The Mobile Society category will be the first category on the big stage, followed by Mobile Enterprise category, another category with stiff competition. A complete programme of the conference can be found at the Pivot East Website.

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We have  a number of speakers who will be participating in 4 fireside chats titled;

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  • The regional mobile marketplace  and the opportunities it presents for entrepreneurs.

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  • The role of the regional mobile ecosystem in discovering and supporting the next wave of high growth mobile startups.

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  • How can we raise the quality of mobile startups in the region and their investability.

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  • Role of innovation in driving the regional economy (Are there mobile innovations high in the agenda of regional governments, corporates and development agencies.)

The ticket price is $100, you can purchase your ticket here, at Outbox Hub Uganda or on the morning of the 25th June at Sheraton Hotel. The event will be streamed live on the Pivot East Website. The address of the live stream page will be announced at midnight.

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Mxit's Andy Volk Confirmed As Keynote Speaker for PIVOT East 2013

PIVOT East

June 21, 2013

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Andy Volk, Mxit’s VP of Apps & Developer Relations

We are super excited to have seasoned technology guru Andy Volk as a Keynote speaker for PIVOT East 2013 next in Kampala on the 25th and 26th June 2013 at the Sheraton Kampala. Andy is the Vice President of Apps and Developer Relations for Mxit, the South African Stellenbosch-based company running Africa’s largest social network, where he is responsible for building

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the ecosystem of applications and developers using Mxit’s open developer APIs and virtual currency platform. Andy has led a range of pioneering web products over the last 13 years, including products at Yahoo! (music, video-on-demand, video player platform, and video search), LOYAL3 (direct-to-consumer company stock purchasing via Facebook), Scour.com (Internet broadcasting and peer-to-peer technology), and Kongregate (social gaming and community site for gamers and game developers). His early startup experience includes inventing and launching Live365.com in 1999, which grew exponentially to become the Internet¹s second-largest broadcaster with over 2.7 million annual tuning hours.  

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Mobile Monday Uganda – PIVOT East 2013 Edition

PIVOT East

June 20, 2013

momougMobile Monday (MoMo) Uganda will be held on the 24th June 2013 at Outbox as a precursor to PIVOT East on the 25th and 26th June 2013 at the Sheraton Kampala. The PIVOT East Edition of MoMo Uganda will be in the an informal discussion between selected PIVOT East 2013 speakers, panelists and delegates about the key drivers behind the mobile startup ecosystem in East Africa: where are we now; what are our strengths, weaknesses; what is missing; where do we want to go; and how do we get there? The PIVOT East edition of MoMo Uganda will feature business leaders from East Africa’s mobile entrepreneurship space to share their views. You can grab your ticket for the PIVOT East 2013 edition of MoMo Uganda here

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David Muriithi & Salisha Chandra To Present At The Last PIVOT East 2013 Kenya Workshop

PIVOT East, Workshops

June 20, 2013

We are pleased to announce that seasoned entrepreneurs, investors and startup experts Salisha Chandra, David Muriithi and Patrick Maina will be presenting in the final PIVOT East 2013 Kenya Finalists Workshop tomorrow, Friday the 21st June 2013 at the iHub between 3.00 pm and 6.00 pm. The topics that will be covered by this stellar line-up of presenters are as follows:

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  • Accounting and Tax Considerations for Startups by David Muriithi
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  • Operational and Financial Planning for Startups by David Muriithi
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  • Financing a startup – An Entrepreneurs experience on what works and what does not by Salisha Chandra
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  • Intellectual Property by Patrick Maina

You can find out more about David and Salisha as below:
Salisha Chandra

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Salisha Chandra


Salisha has a strong background in finance, corporate strategy and turnaround management. She worked on a greenfield venture in India and is currently the campaign coordinator and social media communications in-charge for Africa Network for Animal Welfare. She is also a principal at CF Gear Holdings where she worked on key turnaround projects. Previously, Salisha worked in management consulting with Marakon Associates and with JP Morgan in risk management, financial analysis, corporate restructuring and business turnarounds. She is a specialist in finance, entrepreneurship, strategy, and communications.
 
David Muriithi
David Muriithi

David Muriithi


Creative entrepreneur, realtor, talent and event manager, music promoter and DJ, David Muriithi is also Managing Director of Amalgamated Properties Ltd and the Creative Enterprise Centre, a regional capacity building centre whose main focus is formulating and implementing various capacity building strategies that enhance professionalism within the creative industry in the region. David is an Ernst & Young retired auditor and a regular commentator who is always present in regional and global conversations about the Creative Economy, and has been facilitator and trainer for local and regional creative enterprise capacity building initiatives. David’s varied interests include intellectual property rights, business planning and financial management, audience building for the African creative economy, promotion of diverse and unusual partnerships, and training and teaching a new class of creative entrepreneurs. He has been instrumental in the British Council Creative Entrepreneur Program, working in Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and Sierra Leone as a trainer and curriculum developer as well as running his own capacity building initiative the “Creative Enterprise Centre”.

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The PIVOT East 2013 Travel Checklist.

PIVOT East

June 16, 2013

After months of planning, we are barely a week away from PIVOT East 2013! This year’s event is the first ever that will be held in Kampala after the last two consecutive years in Nairobi. On this note, having the event in Kampala we felt it would be best to share an all-inclusive checklist of things you need to consider if you plan to attend, or are still sitting on the fence? So, in a nutshell, based on all the information we have to-date, here is the PIVOT East 2013 travel checklist: Venue. PIVOT East will be held the Rwenzori Ballroom of the Sheraton Kampala on the 25th and 26th June 2013. The full programme for the conference and competition can be found at http://localhost/wordpress//programme/ Tickets. If you plan to attend PIVOT East 2013, the first and most important thing is that you need to buy your

ticket(s). Tickets are being sold online via credit card and mobile money (Kenya and Uganda only) for US$ 100.00. You can buy your ticket(s) online at www.pivoteast.com/payment. If you are unable to buy tickets online for any reason, we recommend that you buy them on-site at PIVOT East in cash in US Dollars. Flights. We have managed to secure competitive rates from Air Uganda for those who would like to fly to PIVOT East 2013. The latest discounted rates from within the region are as follows, as are the contacts for each respective country:

  • Kenya: Nairobi – Entebbe – Nairobi @ US$ 298.00. Reservations via Beatrice Netia on tel. +254 (722) 511 230 or email. [email protected] Alternate contact is Njeri Wachira on tel. +254 (732) 689312 or email. [email protected]
  • Tanzania: Dar-es-Salaam – Entebbe – Dar-Es-Salaam OR Kilimanjaro – Entebbe – Kilimanjaro @ US$ 345.00. Reservations via Lucy Ismail on tel. +255 (783) 111 983 or email. [email protected]
  • Rwanda: Kigali -Entebbe – Kigali @ US$ 234.00. Reservations via Cyprian Kabeera on +250 (782) 229 572 or email. [email protected]

Accommodation. We have secured the rates as below from the following hotels in Kampala: Sheraton Kampala

  • Classic Rooms (Single): US$ 180.00
  • Classic Rooms (Double): US$ 230.00
  • Executive Rooms (Single): US$ 200.00
  • Executive Rooms (Double): US$ 250.00
  • Club Rooms (Single): US$ 210.00
  • Club Rooms (Double): US$ 260.00

The above rates are inclusive of a Full American Buffet Breakfast and Internet Connectivity, but subject to 18% VAT and US$ 2.00 Local Hotel Tax. IMPORTANT: You have to quote “PIVOT East 2013″ when booking or making reservations to get these preferential rates. You can make reservations on email at [email protected] You can also email Jacqueline Nalubega on [email protected] or call her on tel. +256 (752) 780 013. Metropole Hotel

  • Single Room: US$ 100.00
  • Double Room: US$ 160.00

The above rates are on bed and breakfast terms including taxes. Reservations can be made by sending an email to [email protected] or calling tel. +256 (312) 391 000 and +256 (774) 442 821. Fairway Hotel & Spa

  • Standard Room (Single) US$ 95.00
  • Standard Room (Double): US$ 115.00
  • Executive Room (Single): US$ 125.00
  • Executive Room (Double): US$ 145.00
  • Suites (Single): US$ 170.00
  • Suites (Double): US$ 185.00

The above rates are inclusive of 18% VAT and as well as Hotel Tax. In addition, Reservations can be made by sending an email to [email protected] or calling tel. +256 (414) 259 571 or +256 (414) 259 572. NOTE: We will continue to add more information to this checklist as we get it over the next few days leading up to the event so do check-in every couple of days.    

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Investor & Startups Expert Bruce Wilson To Coach PIVOT East 2013 Uganda Finalists

PIVOT East, Workshops

June 16, 2013

Bio PicBruce Wilson, an Investor and Startups Expert from the US will be in Kampala on Tuesday the 18th June 2013 to provide coaching and feedback on pitching for each of the 10 Uganda based PIVOT East 2013 finalists. Bruce is the Founder of The Relay Foundation, an early-stage investment fund and incubator in the US that has helped over 40 companies and over 2,000 students take the next step into the entrepreneurial field. He also has a depth of experience in Change Management in companies ranging in size from three or four locations all the way to nation-wide policy programs.
When not immediately developing, financing, or starting his own businesses, Bruce works on Tax Policy in the United States as it relates to the startup community and gives inspirational talks and performances to audiences of over 700 people. He’s getting involved with the PIVOT East 2013 finalists to share with them the key lessons he has learned from being on both sides of the pitching table so that they can sidestep all of the hurdles that he faced in his own experiences. We are delighted to have Bruce on-board for the coaching sessions, which will better prepare our Uganda based finalists for PIVOT East 2013 in just over a week’s time.

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