Last year we wrote about the great developments in Voi HERE
Of course our outreach agenda has always been to share the culture we at iHub have one of using a community to implement technology and social enterprise. Led by James Ndiga the outreach team delivered multiple training on entrepreneurship, human centered design and software development.
But none of our outreach team anticipated the drive of the Sote team led by David Ogiga and their partners from Pontis Foundationand Slovak Aid and this year one year later their efforts led to the launch of Sote Hub.
Read all about it HERE
Set in the heart of Taita Taveta - with an enthusiastic group of young people solving contextual problems.
We sat through pitch sessions of 16 enterprises on this day battling for top spot.
Ahmed Maawy, CEO Swahili Box, Milica Radovic, CEO iTKonnect, Jakub Simek and Ivana Ulicna, Pontis Foundationand I have listened to numerous pitches all over the tech world but we were impressed with what these young startups were creating in the heart of Taveta.
Winners were to receive mentorship, sector partnerships and seed funding of €2,000. Eventually the honors went to Recycle Afrika - a company that solves the e-waste menace through conversion to usable functional electronics including power banks, RoGiM designs, a creative agency and Re-decor who re-design cultural artifacts and Cladika a fashion startup with an original idea for delivering the best in second hand clothing.
Chief guest Hon Joyce Lay emphasized entrepreneurship as the future of young people.
STICKING TO THEIR ROOTS
Sote Hub has its roots in an extensive High school outreach program Sote ICT and the next day we were treated to a trade fair by 26 virtual companies from ten high schools from Taita Taveta county.
Just watching them is enough evidence that we will have more startups from Taita Taveta doing awesome things