Two participants who graduation from the Autism tech programme in November last year have been given an internship opportunity at Safaricom
The participants who graduated from the Autism tech training which runs for 4 month and trains students on IT and other computer/web packages will be joining the Safaricom team in April.
The participants Arnold Kanywuiro and Eric Thongori, were picked by Safaricom which has a diversity and inclusion program which aims to employ people with disabilities. Their program mainly included people with physical disabilities but is now expanding to employ and offer internships even to those with learning disabilities such as Autism.
“When they heard about the @iLabAfrica Autism Tech Training program, they were interested in hiring participants for a 3-month internship program that will see them showcase their skills in the IT department dealing with Software testing among other roles.” Said Irene Gitangu the program manager of Aitusm tech @iLabAfrica.
When asked about his view on the internship at Safaricom Arnold Kanywuiro had this to say. “It would be an honor for me to work with Safaricom because it was a dream for me to experience and to learn the activities the company has to offer. Safaricom is not only known in Kenya but also it is known globally and it is the best company in Africa. The technology they are using M-pesa one can be able to do money transaction. A Person can also save in his/her M-pesa account. The company was previously ran by Michael Joseph and now it is at the able hands of Bob Collymore. Safaricom is the company with many opportunities that one cannot afford to miss them but to be excited to learn them and become better. Safaricom is my dream company and it is the company that can build a great future for all Kenyans.”
Project Autistech was conceived in November 2015 as a possible means to addressing the problem of unemployment amongst capable individuals in the Autism Spectrum within the field of software testing. This specific area was selected because it is a model that has been successfully proven in all continents of the world except in Africa.
@iLabAfrica Research Centre in Strathmore University, was selected by the Project pioneer to partner in the execution of the pilot project. This project has seen the participants grow in the Field of IT and has helped them build their confidence in the delivery of their projects and overall as students
The project sought to create an environment whereby individuals on the Autism Spectrum could be trained and get employment on the basis of their areas of strength. Software Testing & Quality assurance is one such area where people with Autism have been known to excel and thus the project was borne.
Reports show that Autism affects an estimated 70 million people and is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the world, with a startling growth rate of around 57% since 2002. About 80% of affected people live in developing countries where knowledge and resources are scarce, with very few opportunities even for diagnosis, much less for management and treatment.
Research suggests that employers are missing out on abilities that people on the autism spectrum have in greater abundance than neuro-typical workers do – such as, heightened abilities in pattern recognition and logical reasoning, as well as a greater attention to detail. In all the other continents, except Africa, people with Autism have been gainfully employed especially in IT.
The project has a long-term goal of creating a social enterprise that would provide sustainable employment to qualified individuals on the Autism Spectrum as well as those with other learning disabilities.
For more information on the program contact Irene on email@example.com
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Kiambu county has launched a cashless payment system to improve its revenue collection. The payment system designed by @iLabAfrica Research Centre in Strathmore University through its other arm- Strathmore Research and consultancy center (SRCC) is designed to ensure that revenue collection in the county is a citizen centric automated system contributing to enhanced income streams and provision of services.
The Launch took place on the 2nd of March 2017 and was attended by the Kiambu Governor, Hon. Ferdinand Waititu his Deputy James Nyoro, @iLabAfrica Director Dr. Joseph Sevilla and county executives (CEC’s), and major stakeholders.
Speaking during the launch Governor Waititu said that the county collects up to Sh46 million a week and projects collections are expected to shoot up with the cashless system. “The revenue collected goes directly to our account. This eliminates middlemen who are an extra cost to the County and ensures accountability of the citizens’ revenue”; he said. The governor further noted that they had launched a USSD code that will help Kiambu locals to pay for various services offered in the county.
“We have launched our USSD code *419# through Safaricom Kenya Limited which will assist Kiambu residents to pay for some services like parking, market fee, single business permits renewal among others”; Waititu said. “The USSD code is faster and people can pay their taxes wherever they are without going to county offices,” he said.
The county has partnered with Cooperative Bank to collect the revenue and residents will get a payment confirmation. With the launch, the governor noted that this implementation was a way that his administration would enhance revenue collection.
“These are some of the steps my county has undertaken to enhance revenue collection. Improved revenue collection will translate to more development projects for Kiambu citizens. This money is meant for development. We have reviewed all licenses and fees and have lowered them to help Kiambu residents conduct their business without high charges,” Waititu said.
Other counties where @iLabAfrica Research Centre has implemented revenue collection
systems are; Taita Taveta County, Busia County, Mombasa County and Kilifi County.
This step of implementing revenue collection systems is a move by the commission on Revenue Allocation, the ICT Authority of Kenya and implementers of financial management and policies in all 47 counties.
For more information about the system visit www.ilabafrica.com
Business valuation is a process and a set of procedures used to estimate the economic value of an owner’s interest in a business. Valuation is used by financial market participants to determine the price they are willing to pay or receive to effect a sale of a business. In addition to estimating the selling price of a business, the same valuation tools are often used by business appraisers to resolve disputes related to estate and gift taxation.
Before the value of a business can be measured, the valuation assignment must specify the reason for and circumstances surrounding the business valuation. These are formally known as the business value standard and premise of value. The standard of value is the hypothetical conditions under which the business will be valued. The premise of value relates to the assumptions, such as assuming that the business will continue forever in its going concern, or that the value of the business lies in the proceeds from the sale of all of its assets minus the related debt.
Challenges in valuing a startup (social science research network, 2009)
- No history – Young companies have very limited histories. Many of them have only one or two years of data available on operations and financing and some have financials for only a portion of a year.
- Small or no revenues, operating losses – Revenues are small or non-existent for idea companies and the expenses often are associated with getting the business established, rather than generating revenues. In combination, they result in significant operating losses.
- Dependence on private equity – Most startups are dependent upon equity from private sources, rather than public markets. At the earlier stages, the equity is provided almost entirely by the founder. As the promise of future success increases, and with it the need for more capital, venture capitalists become a source of equity capital, in return for a share of the ownership in the firm.
@iBizAfrica and Strathmore University School of Finance and Applied Economics will provide free company valuation for startups over the next three months.
Have you run a startup for at least one year? Are you generating any revenue? Are you curious to know how much your company is worth?
Sign up now at https://goo.gl/ANZBHV to receive free consultancy on company valuation for your startup.
Deadline 15th July 2016.
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
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
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.
The internet giant Google, offers a course known as Google AdWords certification that trains on the proficiency in the use of AdWords to candidates. As a professional accreditation, it is a marker that elucidates that the individual or group is recognized by Google and its partners. This lucrative accolade can propel a budding entrepreneur towards the goals set. The Google Partner Badge enables the candidate’s agency to operate in the country and transcend international boundaries to tap into the growing digital world market.
Last year, a team of students from Strathmore University consisting of Kennedy Maingi, Charlene Maina, Christine Kamathi Daniel Kimotho, James Otieno, and Michelle Muriungi represented @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University which runs the Digital advertising course in the Google AdWords competition. This team was focused and had strong will power; the competition was stiff as it had amongst its contestants top technology savvy colleges in Kenya but they managed to take home the number one position in Kenya. The team then progressed to secure the 9th position overall in the Middle East and Africa. Their actions have placed @iLabAfrica, Strathmore University on the map as far as Google is concerned. The team’s ability to overcome was also felt at the EMEA where it was an underdog in the completion; the team managed to secure the 14th position overall, a relative victory considering the epic size of the event.
The team enjoyed working together to solve problems and also to come up with new ideas. This strong camaraderie highly attributed to the success they had in the completion as other teams sometimes failed to act in one accord. The team was properly organized, and the delegation function was well handled enabling the team members to each carry out their roles independently but keeping team play in mind. The delegation process was based on the strengths of individuals that was key because it enabled the strengths of one person to supplement the weaknesses of the other team player.
The biggest challenge they had was the lack of funds necessary to ensure the team was at par with the competition especially in the Middle East completion. The competition instilled a deluge of skills to the individual such as communication skills, teamwork, and how to work under pressure. All in all the campaign was fruitful the team members had fun and good experience.
What next for the Team Members??
GOMC has enriched my career goals and highlighted the career path that should be undertaken to achieve said goals.
I feel that through the startups launched, digital marketing, which now has become familiar will open a broad client based globally.
Pressure felt in the project has molded my capabilities and increased my drive to go on even when the road is tough. This creates a good balance in my marketing background, and I am contemplating walking down the entrepreneurial path and creating an agency based in Kenya targeting the growing economies found here in Africa such as EAC and COMESA.
The success in the completion is one of my highest achievements. I am ecstatic about the victory and am hopeful in growing my Curriculum Vitae in this line of career and also doing startups that will eventually create employment for Kenyans.
The challenge has provided a niche for me in my degree (Bachelor of Business Information Technology). I enjoy digital marketing a lot, thinking of possibly becoming a freelancer agent.
It has opened up my mind. I knew about it earlier through AISEC. Did the digital advertising course. I thank God for where we have come. It’s a very broad area and it’s good to specialize in something.
The students were taught by Ms. Elizabeth Wamicha and Ms. Tabitha Mberi who are certified trainers in Google Digital Advertising.
Mobile Technology Challenge and Virtual Incubation Program
The University of Waterloo, Canada, and Strathmore University, Kenya, are collaborating to support technology incubation programs in Kenya focused on the use of mobile and social media technologies to find solutions to socio-economic problems affecting large numbers of the population.
Mobile technologies are transforming sub-Saharan Africa. They are providing individuals in the region with previously unimaginable access to information and, as a result, significantly impacting the economies of the region. This has opened opportunities to develop and improve social and economic systems in ways that can truly impact the ‘bottom-of-the-pyramid’ in Africa.
The two Universities have conducted an agricultural mobile application challenge that is meant to address challenges that farmers encounter in the agricultural sector. Agriculture was chosen since this is the mainstay of at least 80% of the Kenyan population and therefore has a direct impact on the bottom of the pyramid masses.
The challenge kicked off in January of this year with a total of 45 teams applying. 28 were shortlisted in the first round. In the second round 10 were further shortlisted and then a final selection of six teams. These top six teams have undergone a vigorous incubation program that was conducted by the Strathmore University team and the University of Waterloo, Conrad Business School, Virtual Incubation Program team.
The business incubation was facilitated by use of a virtual technology platform. This is the first of its kind in Africa and it will further enhance opportunities for entrepreneurs with novel ideas to benefit from training and funding to launch sustainable enterprises. The Virtual Incubation Program aligns to the running policy of the Jubilee government on entrepreneurs’ empowerment.
There will be a ceremony to launch the virtual incubation program. During this ceremony the six finalist teams will be acknowledged. The teams represent various universities from the entire country, namely,
Masinde Muliro University, Egerton University, Nairobi University, Kenyatta University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, United States International University Africa and Strathmore University. The prizes for the first two teams will be:
- The first prize is a fully paid one-week fellowship at the University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada
- Second prize is a fully paid admittance to the 6-months Strathmore Enterprise Development Program run by the Strathmore Enterprise Development Centre (SEDC).
The ceremony is scheduled for Friday 22nd January 2016 and will take place @iBizAfrica, Strathmore University, 5th Floor Student Center.