Skip to main content

Standard Chartered Women in Tech Cohort 4

The recently concluded Standard Chartered Women in Tech Bootcamp saw over forty start-ups participate in the training, need assessment preparation and pitching for semi-finals and finals shortlisting. The program is a partnership between Standard Chartered Bank and iBizAfrica and is geared towards obtaining the 10 best ideas that will be part of an incubation program, 12 weeks of immersive learning, access to a network of coaching expert, access to networking opportunities and personalised mentorship to address unique business needs. 

 


The start-up scene in Kenya is booming with the highest amount of funding raised in 2020 in comparison to Nigeria and South Africa. Cumulatively, the start-up scene in Africa raised over Million 350$ in the first quarter of 2020 alone. More women and more women led start-ups are gaining traction in the tech industry, with several funding opportunities for female founded or co-founded startups. I would be curious to learn what African women led start-ups have raised cumulatively in 2020. If you have that information, please send it my way. 

 

E-Safiri, a female founded startup is developing charging infrastructure for electric -mobility in Kenya made it to the finals of the event are now part of the program with the potential of winning the 10,000$ after the final pitch. The start-up was also the winner of the 2020 Better Cities Challenge



Mentorship is an important part of scaling a startup to gain sufficient market traction and validation. Programs like the UK-KE Tech Hub, though does not provide funding, provides mentorship and guidance to start-ups still in the ideation concept stage. This kind of support could lead to pitching skills, a network of other start-ups and venture capitalists that could eventually lead to funding. 

 

So, if you are a woman who has identified a solution to a problem in your area of influence, get to work, the world needs you!

 

For more information on this program please visit: https://womenintech.co.ke

 

 

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Step-by-step design of a Solar PV System

The recently concluded Micro Grid Academy (MGA) training saw over seventy energy experts across the African continent trained on decentralised renewables against Covid-Operation and Maintenance. One of the most impactful take-homes for me was:   “ Design is not about the deliverables; design is a way of thinking”   In this post, I will break down the steps required in designing a solar photovoltaic (PV) system.   Solar photovoltaic system or Solar power system is one of renewable energy system which uses PV modules to convert sunlight into electricity. The electricity generated can be either stored or used directly, fed back into grid line or combined with one or more other electricity generators or more renewable energy source. Solar PV system is very reliable and clean source of electricity that can suit a wide range of applications such as residence, industry, agriculture, livestock, etc. If you are still reading at this point, I just want to reiterate just how much I miss creative

Personal Statement Checklist for University Applications

It can get quite overwhelming making an application for a postgraduate degree. Besides the CV, transcripts and recommendation letters, you will require a personal statement. What I’ve learned is that a personal statement is an invitation for the selection committee to get to know who you are and what your goals are. Using a personal checklist could help to keep track of all the information you want to convey without leaving any important information out.    Here are some of my thoughts on what a good personal statement checklist should entail. Feel free to add on, your experience could genuinely be of help to someone who needs it.   1.       Why do you want to pursue a Masters degree? Introduce yourself, education and professional background, your career goals and Indicate the benefits of the course to your career at the moment and prospective future.   2.       Reasons for this particular university? Flatter them, indicate clearly why you believe the particular university suits you an

Challenges and Mitigation strategies in renewable energy evacuation in Kenya

Kenya seeks to improve the livelihood of its citizens and empower them economically and socially. In doing so, a development agenda encompassing the Vision 2030 and the Big 4 Agenda were developed with a main focus on achieving sustainable development goals.    The Big 4 Agenda items include Manufacturing, Affordable Health Care, Food Security & Affordable Housing. In order to achieve these goals, the Energy Sector and Ketraco in particular will need to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and clean energy. The following are the key objectives in enabling the Big 4 national development objectives: 1.     Increase electricity generation capacity from cheaper, sustainable and reliable energy sources –  lower cost of power  (To cost about 9 US cents for industries and 10 US cents for domestic tariff by 2022) 2.     Expand and upgrade the transmission and distribution network infrastructure  –  reduce power loss, lower cost of power, increased revenue generation, stable p