3 startups from the mLab make CIO top 100

By Jessica Cola├žo
  Published 01 Dec 2011
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3 startups from the mLab make CIO top 100
Kenya Education Network (KENET) are this years winners of the prestigious CIO 100 Annual Awards. KENET offers Internet connectivity to educational institution in addition to linking them with a research network. The CIO East Africa CIO 100 annual awardsrecognizeinstitutions that deploy ICT in an innovative manner while bringing out business value at the same time. KENET's entry into the awards . The award was issued on Wednesday evening at a special gala and dinner ceremony hosted by CIO East Africa at the Safari Park Hotel. KENET received the award for their project that seeks to provide Internet connectivity to educational institutions. KENET through several partners has invested more than Ksh. 10 million on the project and is already getting return on investment in less than three years. KENET has six Internet points of presence (POPs) connecting over 61 learning institutions in Kenya. KENET also has a solution that allows members from one institution to roam on Internet networks of other institutions at no fee. The first runners up at the awards was Eat Out Kenya. Eat Out was founded by WebSimba in 2009 and aims to "revolutionizethe eating experience for both diners and restaurants . "Eat Out wasrecognizedfor their project that has seen many restaurants having an online presence where diners can browse through menus and make restaurant bookings. With over 250 listed restaurants, the site's traffic has grown from under 5,000 visitors per month in January 2010 to more than 50,000 visitors at the moment. Eat Out was deployed in about 12 months with an aim to achieve return on investment in six months. The project has already achieved its return on investment. Started in 1987 and offering 75,000 products to over 200,000 customers a day, Nakumatt Holdings was able to scoop second runners up. Started in July 2005, Nakumatt's winning project was titled "IT enabled miscellaneous products and services". The project offers services such as: electronic airtime distribution and dispensing from Tills; Utility bill collection for services such as Safaricom's Post Paid and Nairobi Water; Cash back (bank withdrawal) at tills for Equity Customers. The projected was deployed over a six month duration and has been able to achieve return on investment. A full list of the top 100 firmsrecognizedat the CIO 100 awards for their innovative use of ICT is as below. 1 Kenya Education Network (KENET) 2 Eat Out Kenya 3 Nakumatt Holdings Limited 4 MobiKash Afrika Lmited 5 Usalama Innovative Systems 6 Nuru East Africa Ltd 7 Shimba Technologies Ltd 8 Kenya AIrways 9 Safaricom Limited 10 Equity Bank Limited 11 Directorate of e-Government 12 Royal Media 13 Virtual City Ltd 14 Propertyzote.com 15 United States International University 16 Kenya Revenue Authority 17 Airtel Africa 18 Technology Associates EA Limited 19 Seven Seas Technologies 20 Vision Group 21 mPedigree Network Kenya 22 Compulynx Limited 23 Waste Electrical & Eectronic Equipment Centre 24 Ethiopix Technology Lab 25 British American Insurance Company (K) Limited 26 SISDO organization 27 Kenya Forestry Service 28 KEPHIS (Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate) 29 World Vision Kenya 30 Kickstart 31 Directorate of e-Government 32 Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN) 33 Kenya Institute Of Education 34 Zege Technologies Limited 35 AskADoc 36 Juja St Peters School 37 Kenya Airports Parking services 38 Interconsumer Products Limited (Nice & Lovely) 39 Makini School Limited 40 Sarova Hotels Limited (e-commerce) 41 BTI Milmann Limited 42 CFAO Motors Tanzania Limited 43 Crystalint Media 44 Britania Allied Industries Ltd 45 Uganda Baati Ltd 46 Directorate of e-Government 47 Pluspeople Kenya ltd. 48 Public Complaints Standing Committee 49 Rafiki Deposit Taking Microfinance 50 IFMIS Department - Ministry Of Finance 51 National ICT Innovation and Integration Centre 52 Webmasters Africa Limited 53 PZ Cussons EA Ltd 54 Bavaria Auto 55 SalesIn4 56 Enterprise Information Management Solutions Limited 57 Sumaria Group 58 Somesha Limited 59 Craft Silicon Foundation 60 Postal Corporation of Kenya 61 Makerere University - Luo Translation Team (Uganda) COCIS 62 AccessKenya Group 63 Techno Brain BPO ITES Ltd. 64 MTN Business Kenya Limited 65 Africa Broadcasting (U) Ltd 66 CWRC-Community Wireless Research Center 67 Kabarak University 68 University of Nairobi 69 CIC Insurance Ggroup Limited 70 Wasp Africa Ltd 71 Kulture Store 72 Nairobi Stock Exchange 73 Attain Enterprise Solutions Ltd 74 Globetrack Intertional Limited 75 Simba Corporation 76 Kenya Methodist University 77 GESTALT GILD 78 REAL Insurance Co Ltd 79 Paradise Safari Park Hotel 80 Chase Bank (K) Ltd 81 National Housing and Construction Company 82 Billionare Fund Ltd 83 Greenbell Communications Ltd 84 African Council for Distance Education 85 Belladonn Pharmacy Ltd 86 Kenya Institute of Management 87 Silafrica Limted 88 Uganda Revenue Authority 89 Best Tech System 90 Farm Engineering Industries Ltd 91 Farmers Choice Limited 92 Alliance High School 93 Family Bank Ltd 94 Sameer Africa Limited 95 DHL Express 96 Dutch Quality systems 97 ESBC Ltd 98 Jimcab Services Ltd 99 Scangroup Ltd 100 Shumuk Aluminium Industries Ltd
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