At the iHub, we are on a mission to
grow the number of socially and economically empowered women
entrepreneurs who run women-owned and women-led sustainable businesses
working in the tech sector in Kenya. We’ve initially announced this
during International Women's Day this year and opened our call for applications in July.
The iHub Women In Business program has three key objectives:
- To strengthen the capacity of women entrepreneurs to own and lead sustainable businesses working in the tech sector
- To increase the number of women-owned and women-led companies working in the tech sector that can handle big money projects
strengthen collaboration between different actors in the tech and
innovation sector in order to utilise the learning and perspectives
generated by the Women in Business program to make evidence-based and
credible contributions to relevant national and global policy
For the first cohort of the program,
we are excited to announce the following seven women to lead startups
and we look forward to welcoming them to the iHub community.
Selected Startups are:
- Secvate Solutions: They focus on creating solutions and services that cater to the cybersecurity needs of Small and Medium sized enterprises.
- Sugar Punch Beauty: They
help Kenyan women buy genuine products sourced from trusted wholesalers
in the UK. & US. They also give a platform to Kenyan natural brands
that have skincare products for women who use natural products. They
use social media, blogs and their website to educate Kenyan skincare
consumers about the benefits of genuine products and about the
ingredients popularly found in skincare products.
- Biashara Africa Ltd:
They are a Sales Technology platform that provides: Multi-channel sales
platform (e-commerce, POS, Social commerce) to grow consumer reach and
manage business records. They help companies to use data insights to
inform business decisions.
- Giftchain Africa Ltd
: Giftpesa provides a seamless platform for people and businesses to
gift loved ones and customers using a mobile phone. They enable
customers to buy, send and redeem gifts conveniently while enabling
corporates to disburse gifts to multiple recipients at zero cost.
Merchants receive the gift value realtime via mpesa
- Kladika Company:
They are a fashion marketplace for both online and offline consumers
through an eCommerce platform and one on one pop up markets.
- The Afrijob Network
They provide African Companies access to a network of top talent from
around the world through short-term fellowships, remote work programs,
and full-time job opportunities. Afrijob seeks to bridge the current
technical and soft skills gap in Kenya and across Africa, by matching
companies with top talent from globally competitive universities with
experience from leading companies across the world.
- Pink Sapphire Technologies: They focus on cybersecurity for individuals and companies.
We will take the startups through a
curriculum customised for their individual needs. The startups will also
have access to resources to optimise their customer acquisition and
retention, marketing(Digital and Traditional Marketing), accounting and
financial management, legal compliance, business structuring, and
strategy and leadership structure. Finally, we will offer training on
the technology required to scale their products.
Additional benefits for the startups include:
- Networking and exposure to expand their business networks
- Marketing and exposure through the different iHub platforms
- 1:1 mentoring with experts, coaches and consultants.
- Access to iHub ecosystem events hosted by program partners
- Provision of Oracle Cloud platform to further develop the solutions.
Courtesy of : iHub
by Sheilah Birgen