How to win Ksh 1 Million for your Business

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WITStandard Chartered in partnership with @iLabAfrica has launched a search for the third cohort of women-led technology startups which will see five entrepreneurs win Sh1 million each.

The partnership seeks more diversity in technology and for more opportunities for women to develop entrepreneurial and leadership excellence.

The program combines world class startup support with local and international experience to provide Africa’s most competitive and attractive startup incubation program focusing on immersive learning, mentorship, building and growing Africa’s next iconic startups taking on the continent’s most relevant challenges and opportunities

Who are we looking for?
We are seeking to recruit the best entrepreneurial minds, women-lead startup teams leveraging on technology as a key driver of innovation in business. The applicant must:
  1. be a woman
  2. be the CEO with equal or majority ownership in the company
  3. 18 and above
  4. of Kenyan nationality
What are the the program thematic areas?
Applicants may submit applications across but not limited to the following thematic areas:
  1. Agribusiness
  2. Education
  3. ICT
  4. E-Commerce
  5. E-Health
  6. Fintech
What do Participants Get?
  1. Three months incubation at Strathmore University’s leading business and innovation incubator- @iBizAfrica
  2. Mentorship from world class mentors
  3. Coaching by top business, technology and legal professionals
  4. Immersive, world-class entrepreneurship curriculum
  5. Networking and exposure to expand your business networks
What do Winners Get?
  1. USD 10,000 or KES 1,000,000 equity-free grant seed funding for the top 5 winners
  2. 9 months ongoing support from Standard Chartered and @iBizAfrica to assist with go-to market and scale.
Terms and Conditions
  1. Participants must be physically available to attend the program over the three months incubation
  2. Participant accommodation costs are not catered for
Application  deadline 31st October 2019 

REGISTER HERE 

For more information Click here

To Apply click here

It’s Back! WaziHUB Bootcamp. Opportunity to design, develop and deploy next-generation solutions.

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WaziHUB (in Swahili for Open-Hub) is an EU – Africa innovation project for Africa aiming to create an OpenHUB for Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data cutting-edge.

The  WaziHUB   bootcamp will share information on how to use IoT and the new low cost WaziUP technology to design, develop and deploy next generation solutions that will touch millions of users in Africa.

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The Bootcamp will explore the basics of IoT and introduce the participants to the WaziUp platform. This will be a great opportunity to design, develop and deploy next-generation solutions that will touch millions of users.

The objectives of the bootcamp are:
• To introduce the IoT ecosystem consisting of hardware, software and cloud providers.
• To enable participants to jumpstart their IoT ideas.
• To discuss emerging trends in cloud computing aligned with IoT.
• To introduce interested participants to the WaziHub Accelerator program.

We, therefore, invite 
1. Students with interest in IoT
2. Startups in IoT space.
3. Developers in the IoT space.
4. Entrepreneurs, Agropreneurs interested in IoT.
NB: Selected participants should attend all 5 days of the Bootcamp

This bootcamp will also give insights on the  WaziHUB programme and how you can be part of it.
For more information visit >> @ilabafrica website 
To register >> CLICK HERE

@iLabAfrica 2nd Wazihub IoT Bootcamp

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The WAZIHUB information session is Back!
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WaziHUB (in Swahili for Open-Hub) is an EU – Africa innovation project for Africa aiming to create an OpenHUB for Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data cutting-edge.
  
The  WaziHUB   information session will share information on how you can use IoT and the new low cost WaziUP technology to design, develop and deploy next generation solutions that will touch millions of users in Africa.
This session will also give insights on the  WaziHUB programme and how you can be part of it.
For more information visit >> @ilabafrica website 
To register >> CLICK HERE

CONNECTING WOMEN IN BUSINESS TO TECHNOLOGY!

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STANDARD CHARTERED WOMEN IN TECH INCUBATOR COHORT 3

Incubation and Seed Funding For Kenya’s Top Women-led Startups

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Standard Chartered in partnership with @iLabAfrica has launched a search for the third cohort of women-led technology startups which will see five entrepreneurs win Sh1 million each.

The partnership seeks more diversity in technology and for more opportunities for women to develop entrepreneurial and leadership excellence.

The program combines world class startup support with local and international experience to provide Africa’s most competitive and attractive startup incubation program focusing on immersive learning, mentorship, building and growing Africa’s next iconic startups taking on the continent’s most relevant challenges and opportunities

Who are we looking for?
We are seeking to recruit the best entrepreneurial minds, women-lead startup teams leveraging on technology as a key driver of innovation in business. The applicant must:
  1. be a woman
  2. be the CEO with equal or majority ownership in the company
  3. 18 and above
  4. of Kenyan nationality
What are the the program thematic areas?
Applicants may submit applications across but not limited to the following thematic areas:
  1. Agribusiness
  2. Education
  3. ICT
  4. E-Commerce
  5. E-Health
  6. Fintech
What do Participants Get?
  1. Three months incubation at Strathmore University’s leading business and innovation incubator- @iBizAfrica
  2. Mentorship from world class mentors
  3. Coaching by top business, technology and legal professionals
  4. Immersive, world-class entrepreneurship curriculum
  5. Networking and exposure to expand your business networks
What do Winners Get?
  1. USD 10,000 or KES 1,000,000 equity-free grant seed funding for the top 5 winners
  2. 9 months ongoing support from Standard Chartered and @iBizAfrica to assist with go-to market and scale.
Terms and Conditions
  1. Participants must be physically available to attend the program over the three months incubation
  2. Participant accommodation costs are not catered for
Application  deadline 31st October 2019 

REGISTER HERE 

For more information Click here

To Apply click here

Win Ksh 1M for your Business – The Women in Tech Programme is back!

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From left, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Industry and Trade Betty Maina ,Standard Chartered Bank CEO Kariuki Ngari, the bank's CEO Africa and Middle East Sunil Kaushal and Vincent Ogutu VC designate (1)

@iBizAfrica-Strathmore University in partnership with Standard Chartered is excited to announce that the search for women in technology is back. The call for application for the Women in tech incubator cohort three is now open for women led small and medium businesses leveraging on technology.

Today’s event demonstrated how the @iBizAfrica and Standard chartered have supported and guided over 20 women owned small enterprises through mentorship and funding.

Speaking during the launch, CEO Kariuki Ngari said applications will be open online effective 11th September 2019 to 31st November 2019. “The Bank will then identify ten start-ups through a rigorous process who will go through a 12-week incubation period with the top five finalists benefiting from a seed funding of KES 1,000,000 each,” added Mr. Kariuki.

The Bank has set aside KES 10 million for capacity building for women-owned small enterprises leveraging on technology. “To date, from cohort one, 4 out of 5 of the companies have received investor funding ranging from USD 50,000 – 150,000, and their businesses have grown revenue and sales in double digits. In addition to growing their businesses, some of the companies have been able to form strategic partnerships with multinationals like MasterCard and Uber,” added Kariuki.

Strathmore University Vice Chancellor designate, Dr. Vincent Ogutu said ‘’Over the last 2 years through the Women in Tech programme @iBizAfrica has incubated over 20 women led startups, 10 of whom have received USD 10,000 in funding for their businesses. We have offered mentorship, coaching, legal and financial advice to help them better understand how to leverage more on the opportunities that they have in order to place their business at an advantage in the Kenyan market. This is yet another year, another opportunity for more women in Kenya to apply for this programme and give their business a great chance at success.”   

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Speaking at the same launch, Permanent Secretary, Ms Betty Maina said, The Women in Tech Incubator program will help identify, grow and bring to the market unique business ideas and change the fortunes of women entrepreneurs and business owners in Kenya. “This program is well aligned with the government’s Big Four Agenda with some of these entrepreneurs playing in different sectors like Manufacturing, Food Processing and Healthcare services,” added Ms Maina

The Standard Chartered Women in Technology Incubator Kenya is Africa’s leading women in tech incubator, aligning with calls for more diversity in technology and for more opportunities for women to develop entrepreneurial and leadership excellence. The program is an initiative of Standard Chartered in partnership with Strathmore University’s @iBizAfrica.

The program combines world class startup support with local and international experience to provide Africa’s most competitive and attractive startup incubation program focusing on immersive learning, mentorship, building and growing Africa’s next iconic startups taking on the continent’s most relevant challenges and opportunities.

After successful rollout of a similar initiative in USA and Kenya, the bank has now rolled out the program in Pakistan, UAE and Nigeria with plans to expand to more countries across Africa and Middle East. The Bank first launched the programme to support women in technology in 2014 at the City College of New York where it created the Women Entrepreneurs Resource Centre. The US program includes a dedicated workspace, mentorship, coursework and access to an extensive network designed to support entrepreneurs navigating the challenges of starting a business.

To register visit www.womenintech.co.ke

The Rockefeller Foundation-Acumen Student Social Innovation Challenge

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Are you a university student that wants to solve problems that matter? You’re in the right place.

Acumen with support from The Rockefeller Foundation have launched a global challenge platform for university students to come together and develop innovative solutions to problems associated with poverty

The organizations will equip students with the skills, guidance, and resources needed to develop innovative solutions for some of the world’s most intractable social problems.

The best ideas will win up to $20,000 in funding as well as an invitation to an exclusive community of experienced entrepreneurs, investors, and change agents, who will help transform these ideas into successful enterprises.

To learn more on this challenge. Click here