Three Kenyan startups have made it to the final selection round for the 2016 edition of Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA), a program created to support startups that are solving the most pressing global challenges and contributing to the discussion on impact investing.
Following calls for applications, 9 startups were selected to pitch to a panel of judges for a chance to make it to the next and final round in the selection process.
After the pitches, which took place on August 11 at iHub, the judges – Tomas Jakobsson, John Kieti, Millicent Mwendwa, Gathoni Mwai and Muthuri Kinyamu – selected just three startups, which are described below.
- Chura, a platform that users can access via SMS or Web and get hold of any resource from any mobile network. Chura enables you to transfer airtime across networks, buying airtime from any network using any mobile money service, converting airtime to mobile money, as well as sending airtime to multiple phone numbers with reliable speed and convenience at just the click of a button.
- Olivine Technology, a software company that specializes in designing and developing automated data capture tools that integrate with best in class third party solutions such as Quickbooks, Sage Evolution, SAP Business 1, SPSS, and Mpesa.
- Yusudi, a social enterprise bridging the skills gap between youth and labor market. Yusudi creates young people with ability to self-learn and pursue employment and self-employment opportunities.
The three startups will be contacted by the Selection Committee for an interview. The Selection Committee will select the startup that’ll represent Kenya at the global event.
Slush Global Impact Accelerator will take place from November 22 – December 2, 2016 in Helsinki, Finland.
The program was created in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and multiple partners globally. The first edition took place last year.