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Certificate in Data Science

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90% of the world’s data has been created in just the past few years. Faced with overwhelming amounts of data, organizations are struggling to extract the powerful insights they need to make smarter business decisions. To help uncover the true value of your data, @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University is offering a course on Introduction to Data Science and Big Data Analytics for all professionals looking to harness data in new, innovated ways and make data driven decisions.

Overview

• Theory and practice behind recommendation engines
• Network and graphical modeling
• Anomaly detection
• Hypothesis testing
• Machine learning, and big data analytics.

Course Description

This course will give you a full overview of the Data Science journey. It will guide you on:
• How to clean and prepare your data for analysis
• How to perform basic visualization programming techniques to your data
• How to model your data using python
• Apply data science techniques to an organization’s data management challenges.
• Identify and avoid common pitfalls in big data analytics.
• Deploy machine learning algorithms to mine your data.
• Interpret analytical models to make better business decisions.
• And finally, how to present your findings and wow the audience

Target Audience

The training will sensitize students interested in Medicine, Engineering, Actuarial Science, Software Developers, Financial Economics and other top careers on the rapidly developing world of data science and analytics.

Program Structure

This program will run twice annually:

First Module:
January – March

Second Module:
May – July

Registration

Participants interested should bring the following items to Strathmore University located in Madaraka Estate, Ole Sangale Road:
• Original and Copy of birth certificate
• Three passport size photographs
• Originals and copy of ID or passport
• Registration fees of 1,000/=
• KCSE Results slip: Mean grade B+; Mathematics
A-; and English A-. Computer Studies is added
advantage

Contact

For more Information write to brian.mwandau@strathmore.edu or call +254714431590

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THE AGE OF CRYPTOCURRENCY (BITCOIN & BLOCKCHAIN) – 25TH JANUARY 2018

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The Age of Cryptocurrency is here with us, are you ready?
@iLabAfrica in collaboration with Strathmore Business School is hosting a breakfast session on “The Age of Cryptocurrency“.
How is the technology behind bitcoin and blockchain changing Money, Business and the world? 
Join us on 25th January 2018 at Strathmore Business School Auditorium as we discuss what is cryptocurrency and why you should care, how cryptocurrency is disrupting the use of money and how cryptocurrency will disrupt your business among others.
To Register CLICK HERE
or RSVP to Tracy on tweru@strathmore.edu or call 0724 239 020

40 start-ups shortlisted for the Standard Chartered Bank, in Partnership with Strathmore University Women in Tech Incubator Fund.

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The Tech Incubator has shortlisted 40 teams for the Kes 20 million Standard Chartered Women in Tech Incubator capacity building programme.  The 40 have been shortlisted from more than 200 applications in the initiative targeting women-led start up teams of 2 – 3 people leveraging on technology as a key driver of innovation in business. The applicants were drawn from the general public, schools, colleges and universities in Kenya.

The 40 teams will advance to the selection pitch, a two stage process (semi-final and final) that will see only 10 of the best selected for the incubation program to compete for up to KES. 1 million in seed funding.

Dr. Joseph Sevilla, Director of @iBizAfrica- Strathmore University, noted that through the incubator program female-led startups in the ICT sector are envisaged to transform Kenya through innovation.

“This marks the beginning of a journey of innovation that will see top 10 female-led startups transform into viable businesses. We congratulate the shortlisted teams and wish them the best of luck in the remaining selection stages. It’s very encouraging that we received applications from all over the country! We believe the shortlisted teams have great potential for advancing to the finals. We thank our experienced judges for helping us shortlist the top 40 out of more than 180 applications,” added Dr. Joseph Sevilla.

The teams were shortlisted based on performance in the programme’s 100 points criteria such as female founder eligibility above 18 years, Teams of at least three people who demonstrated capacity to execute: clearly defined roles, balanced skill set (team lead, business development, product development and marketing). Addressing problems and solution innovation, availability of Market opportunity and social impact in Kenya.

The launch of the programme in Kenya follows a successful rollout of a similar initiative in USA by Standard Chartered.  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 Center. 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.

The shortlisted teams are:

  1. Majik Water
  2. Grassroots Bima
  3. Taimba Ltd
  4. Zoa
  5. Sakal Africa Limited
  6. Redhunt
  7. Tekkies Kenya Bn-N6gcpm
  8. Helvetian Company Limited
  9. Botlab Limited
  10. Savanna Circuit Technologies Ltd
  1. Bim Registry
  2. Catapult Studios
  3. Greymate Care
  4. Jobonics
  5. Lindaafya
  6. Gari Soko Consulting
  7. Esvendo
  8. Bamboo Design Afrika Ltd
  9. Bima Kenya Agency Ltd
  10. Mimea Poa Consultancy
  11. Beta Art Kenya
  12. Bismart Insurance Agency Ltd
  13. Nekkta
  14. Zydii
  15. Avopower
  16. Gawana Rideshare
  17. Unified Arts
  18. Niokoe App
  19. MotoAlarm
  20. Cnc Kenya
  21. Brightgreen Renewable Energy
  22. The Magunga Bookstore
  23. Bar Limited
  24. Zalika Creatives Limited
  25. Farmallke
  26. Mzurii Kenya
  27. African Solutional Technology
  28. Rickard Retail Watch
  29. Somethinggrown Company Ltd
  30. Bluewave Insurance Agency Limited

For more information contact Bernard Chiira on bchira@strathmore.edu

Customer Discovery and Validation Workshop

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According to research, building something that nobody wants is the # 1 startup mistake. See.

For this reason, @iBizAfrica trains startups on customer discovery and validation techniques to enable them develop viable problem-solution fit and product-market-fit.

on Saturday 23rd April, senior mentor and Pitch Friday panelist at @iBizAfrica will train 15 teams shortlisted in the IDEA Foundation Seed Stage Accelerator program (April-June cohort) on customer development using the Javelin Experiment Board and Lean Canvas.

The teams will “get out of the room” to conduct customer interviews where they are expected discover potential paying customers. Using the information gathered the teams will in the following week start the journey of customer creation and finally pitch for funding at @iBizAfrica’s signature pitch event, Pitch Friday.

About Robert Yawe

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Robert is a senior mentor and independent Pitch Friday panelist at @iBizAfrica.

He is a designer of local and wide area networks with a vast knowledge and experience in open and proprietary connectivity solutions.

He is also a financial literacy coach which he does to get others to appreciate that without securing their finances all the rest shall be come to nought.

Robert’s specialties include: structured cabling design and installation, local area networks LAN, wide area networks WAN, groupware solutions design implementation and support, cashflow 101 facilitation, corporate mentoring, real estate development, financial literacy coaching, board director, investment group training, real estate project origination, stock broker agent, personal financial training, women financial empowerment, financial literacy writer, ict writer, exhibition adjudicator

Disclaimer

This workshop is only open to shortlisted applicants. To participate in our next workshop, look out for the call for application through our social media and blog.

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Facebook: https://facebook.com/ibizafrica

Mentorship Series-Co-Founder Dating

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Join Hilda Moraa, one of Kenya’s top women entrepreneurs for a mentorship session on Co-founder dating. Hilda will deliver a series of mentorship sessions on various issues about building a successful startup!

The first session: Series #1: Co-founder dating: How to find the right Co-founders for your startups! will run on Saturday 23rd April at @iBizAfrica.

It’s all about the People! You think you have a good idea? It’s not good enough without the right co-founder(s) and team, for the “startup marriage” and your idea to flourish. Many early stage startups or aspiring entrepreneurs are held back by the process involved in finding the right partner and team. Not knowing;

  • When and Where to start looking?

  • How will you know he/she is the right person to join your “startup marriage”?

  • How do you go about the process and build relationship?

Join us at iBizAfrica Incubation Centre. Strathmore University on 23rd April 2016, 10am-12:30pm to hear from one of our mentors Hilda Moraa, a successful young tech entrepreneur & Former Weza Tele CEO, who will be leading this discussion and having an engaging peer mentorship session with the participants attending this event. Sign up here to confirm your attendance!

About Hilda Moraa

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Hilda is the Founder and former CEO of Weza Tele Ltd, a leading mobile service provider startup in the Fintech space that was acquired in 2015 for more than $1.5M. Hilda has more than 5 years diverse experience in entrepreneurship and developing and scaling startups and innovations across East Africa. Prior to Weza Tele, Hilda spent 5 years in the private sector working for global multi nationals to the likes of Coca-Cola where she was in charge of managing innovations in the supply & distribution value chain. Hilda was also part of the founding team of  iHub Research where she led the research strategy across East and West Africa. In the past she has incredulously won various awards and fellowship programs globally e.g. Indiafrica and Oxford.In 2015 she was also featured as one of the top 40 under 40 women by Business Daily. She also has an Msc in entrepreneurship and Degree in Business Information Technology from Strathmore University.

She has continued to champion the local tech scene  in Kenya by supporting and mentoring other young techpreneurs through sharing her lessons and entrepreneurial knowledge, experiences in inspiring ways such as through her first book  “A Kenyan Startup Journey- 10 Key Lessons I learnt” . She was also a key note speaker at the Global Entrepreneurship summit 2015 and Pivot East 2015.

Microsoft Upcoming SME Roundtable

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Marketing and PR is an essential function of your business that you have to have.

You cannot progress to a medium or large-sized business if you don’t have a marketing strategy. But what if you don’t have money to hire a marketer? The good news is that you don’t need to wait to hire a marketer to start thinking about marketing. In fact, you have probably already started doing marketing – you just haven’t realised it.

Join us as at the upcoming SME4Afrika Roundtable as we speak to experts who will give practical advice on how you can market your business. The experts will be answering your questions live from the studio. The event can be attended in Johannesburg or virtually from anywhere. All attendees will receive a copy of the freshly released SME4Afrika Marketing Toolkit.

Be sure not to miss out on this great opportunity to help fast-track your business’ growth.

The details:-

Event:
Introduction to Marketing and PR

Venue:
Microsoft Offices,
3012 William Nicol Dr,
Johannesburg

Dates:
Wednesday, 6th April 2016

Time:
9:30am11:00am
(GMT +2)

         Book now or register here   to attend the Microsoft boardroom in Nairobi.

Valuraha Founder Nominated for Commonwealth Awards

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wangechiThe brainchild behind Valuraha Group, Wangechi Mwangi, who operates her business at @iBizAfrica Incubation Centre based in Strathmore University has recently been nominated for the Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development work 2016; among five other finalists in the Africa region. This award goes to individuals in their youth, who are making a positive contribution/impact in a community or country.

Wangechi’s Valuraha group, a startup incubated at Strathmore’s @ILabAfrica Research Centre, was started with the sole purpose of providing financial literacy to young students around the country. Just recently, the group in conjunction with Strathmore School of Finance and Applied Sciences (SFAE) hosted high schools for an investment challenge that saw two students win full scholarships to join Strathmore University for a course of their choice.

The Commonwealth awards are set to demonstrate the organizations plan of action for youth empowerment to: Promote youth participation in decision making: Promote economic empowerment of young people: Take action for equality between young women and young men: Promote peaceful and democratic environment in which human rights flourish: Provide quality education for all Improve access to information and communication technology: Promote health, development and values through sport and culture: Engage young people to protect the environment.

The winner will be awarded £1000.00 pounds to contribute to their development work, a trophy and a certificate from the Commonwealth Secretary-General H.E Kamalesh Sharma.

Congratulations Wangechi for being a Commonwealth Youth Awards Regional finalist 2016.