Kenya’s iHub has selected 27 startups for the second cohort of Traction Camp, a six-month business acceleration program. The program is backed by the World Bank Group’s infoDev program and supported by the governments of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Kenya.
As part of the program, the startups will receive mentoring from experts hailing from various countries, go through a custom-built curriculum, increase their regional visibility, and get access to potential partners and investors.
These startups specialize in digital products and solutions across a variety of sectors of Fintech, energy, healthcare, education, agriculture, cyber security and e-commerce – chosen from over 150 applications received.
”For the first time, this year we received a good number of entries from countries like Somalia and South Sudan which diversifies our portfolio, as well as shows that there is need for such programs in the Eastern Africa ecosystem which is rapidly growing.” exclaimed iHub. An overwhelming majority of 17 of the selected are based out of Kenya.
Following is the list of the startups participating in the acceleration program:
Ancaps Global Tech(Uganda) – is Africa’s Uber for long distance haulage trucks supporting transportation of goods.
Azima(Kenya) – is a mobile lending app that offers short term liquidity anywhere anytime in Kenya.
Baobab Circle (Kenya) – provides personalized health advice/education via mobile phones for those suffering from chronic diseases across Africa.
Bunifu Framework(Kenya) – is productivity tool for software developers that helps reduce their development time through use of pre-made modern custom controls and components.
Be Afrika Media Ltd(Kenya) – is a content creation company that works as a creative collaboration, focusing on building brands in the creative sector in Africa.
B2B Smartlink Ltd(Kenya) – is a platform that generates a single feed of information about the status of a business through capturing of every critical data of the business.
Denkim Insurance(Kenya) – is an online insurance service provider that provides an integrated system that connects insurance players in the insurance value chain.
Elimisha Tutors (Kenya) – is an online marketplace that helps parents find nearby expert tutors need of personalized academic attention for core subjects and niche skills.
Ejenzi Africa(Kenya) – is an online marketplace for building and construction materials and home improvement products.
GrassRoots Bima(Kenya) – is a insuretech company that connects customers and insurers via an integrated solution – WazInsure, to access insurance services through both online and offline applications.
Klientele Ltd (Kenya) – is a provider of mobile lending products for short-term small loans.
Lacel Technologies (Kenya) – is a software company that designs and develops mobile & web apps for small and leading brands.
Mimea Agricultural Solution (Kenya) – is ensuring food production and processing is done in both a safe and smart way using its envisioned Mimea Point Integrated System (MP-IS)
Nampya Farmers’ Market (Uganda) – is a commodities’ marketplace to connect farmers with customers using a business to business model.
Optimetriks(Kenya) – is a Sales Force Automation solution for African FMCG companies to get a tighter control over their distribution networks, reach their full sales potential and better understand the market dynamics through smarter field data.
Skooldesk(Uganda) – is an e-learning platform that helps kids improve their learning outcomes through tests with automated grading, interactive learning objects and a robust analytics engine that helps identify strengths and weaknesses.
SomHealth(Somalia) – provides 24/7 on call system that urban poor families can call the center and health care professionals are visiting the family in 5- 15 minutes to increase access to pregnant women and under five children to improve health and nutrition .
Sauti East Africa Limited(Kenya & Uganda) – is a mobile-based trade & market information platform for MSMEs engaged in cross-border trade in the East African Community.
SolarGen Technologies(Somalia) – is a renewable energy company in Somalia that offers engineering, design, and installation of: Mini-Grids ; Solar Irrigation Systems, Solar Street Lights, and Solar Water Pumps.
Sheria Soft(Kenya) – is a legal practice management system which enables lawyers and legal professionals to easily manage their practice.
SmartFit(Tanzania) – is a social enterprise developing and deploying self-operated water purification and vending machines in sub-Saharan Africa to enable easy access to clean and safe drinking water at an affordable cost.
TozzaPlus(Kenya) – is a cloud business management solution for small and medium enterprises.
Tango TV (Tanzania) – is a video on demand service for African swahili content, focusing on local language films and shows
Taimba Limited (Kenya) – is a business to business mobile-based cashless platform that connects farmers to retailers.
Uplus(Rwanda) – is a digital crowdfunding platform for Africa, which enables people to pull fund together in a group using their mobile phones, and make something happen, like a savings group or a wedding contribution group.
Yasa(Uganda) – Is a startup in Uganda that has developed sustainable and affordable alternative energy solutions for rural communities.
Zoa(Kenya) – is a cloud hosted branch-less, paperless financial management platform for financial institutions delivered on mobile and web.