[Kenya] Mozilla awards Ksh.1 million to six tech startups
Seven startups from Uasin Gishu county have received Ksh. 1 million each from Mozilla and the Gladys Boss Foundation to improve their products and push them to the next level.
The startups are building various solutions, helping to tackle challenges in education, media and agriculture, and housekeeping.
The announcement was made during a workshop for students and tech startups held in Eldoret over the Easter Weekend organized as part of Mozilla’s Mashinani Initiative, under the Mozilla Africa Mradi.
The startups include:
Tindo: a video-on-demand platform that targets filmmakers producing indigenous films from various communities in the region.
My Shule: An easy phone app ensuring the safe transport of students to school and back home in real time through a live bus map. It alerts the app user when the child arrives at school, and when they are heading home.
Mche: offers a comprehensive solution to smallholder farmers, providing them with advisory services on the best crops to grow in their respective geographical areas.
Mama Fua: a mobile application that links households to trained and vetted housekeepers, providing safe, convenient, and automated access to cleaning services.
Lifeline: provides quick access to critical medical information during emergencies and supports individuals with disabilities and those unable to communicate on their own behalf.
M-Rafiki: a platform for people to connect and interact while also being able to access services and businesses that they may need.
Gavo Foods: manufactures gluten-free-keto organic flours.
Mozilla Corporation Senior Director Alice Munyua said, “Mozilla is expanding efforts to build with and not for African communities while promoting models of innovation that empowering, inclusive, and grounded in the unique needs of users in the African continent.”
Through such initiatives, Mozilla hopes to spark innovation by forging new, closer connections with regional partners to understand how African product demands and capacity shortages overlap.
The groundbreaking Mozilla Africa Mradi Innovation Challenge, which will take place in Nairobi in June 2023, will be the culmination of the Mashinani Initiative.
“The Gladys Boss Foundation (GBF) is working with Mozilla’s Africa Mradi to ensure that tech innovators outside Nairobi and metropolitan counties have equal opportunities and platforms to showcase their innovations, are exposed to how venture capital investments work and are trained on startup accelerator opportunities available to them in the continent and globally,” said Hon. Gladys Boss, Deputy Speaker of the Kenya National Assembly and GBF Founder.