Slush Global Impact Accelerator Kenya pitching event was held on 17th August at the iHub. The event saw seven startups battling for a chance to represent Kenya at the Global Impact Accelerator Program, Slush 2017, which will be held in Helsinki in Finland from 22nd November – 2 December 2017.
Slush Global Impact Accelerator is a program created in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and multiple partners globally. The purpose of Slush is to create a leading global program to support startups that are looking to solve some of the most pressing global challenges and contributing to the discussion on impact investing.
Three representatives were selected by a panel of judges to move to the next level. The panel of judges consisted of; Ramses Malaty –Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of Finland, Njoki Gichinga - Sales and Partnerships Director at the iHub, Michael Gray - Digital Entrepreneur coach and mentor, Traction Camp, Sami Husa - Communications Officer, Embassy of Finland Nairobi and Nyasha Mutsekwa - Digital Entrepreneur coach and mentor, Traction Camp. The judging panel based their decision on; sustainability and potential to scale, market traction of the startup, composition of the team, potential for measurable positive impact on people, society, or planet of the startup. The three startups that will be proceeding to the next stage are;
Gawana a ridesharing mobile platform in East Africa that connects travelers, allowing them to share long-distance journeys and split the cost of fuel. While buses in the region are crowded, uncomfortable, and unreliable, Gawana offers a more comfortable and cost competitive alternative to travelers. Similarly, car owners traveling long journeys can save on fuel by posting their available seats to the Gawana mobile application. While the sharing economy has already taken off in other sectors in East Africa, for example with accommodation (i.e. Airbnb) and taxi services (i.e. Uber), Gawana will fill the gap that remains in long-distance ride-sharing.
MobiTech Water Solutions has developed Mobi-Water, an affordable remote water solution that allows communities, businesses and water providers to monitor real-time water levels in tanks/reservoirs in any location on their mobile phones. When water levels in the tanks/ reservoirs are low, Mobi-water sends an alarm to the users warning them of the low water level in the tank/reservoir giving them ample time to refill the tanks before they run completely out of water.
Bridify Connect Africa is an artificial intelligence emergency service (Ambulance Request) based system that helps people request for emergency rides whenever they have an emergency.Their main aim is to fight delayed emergencies that might result in deaths. Thousands of people lose their lives or of their loved ones due to delayed responses to their emergency. This is where Bridify Connect Comes in handy to save the day.
The shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the Slush Selection Committee for an interview. The final decision will be made by the selection committee based on the application form and interview.
All the best to the startup!