Africa Mobility Initiative (AMI), an initiative implemented by the University of Nairobi’s C4DLab with support from Shell Foundation, the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), the German Organization for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ), World Resources Institute (WRI), and UN-HABITAT yesterday, October 12, 2020 launched its accelerator program, Africa Transformative Mobility Accelerator (ATMA). In a virtual launch ceremony presided over by the CEO of the Kenya National Innovation Agency, Dr. Tonny Omwansa, the startups were introduced to their mentors whom they will work with
C4DLab, in partnership with different Kenyan startup ecosystem players have unveiled the top 100 Kenya’s most promising startups of the year 2020. Through an initiative dubbed Mlika Startups, the startups were subjected to a rigorous vetting process that included nomination by ecosystem players, curation of their profiles and shortlisting, before the most promising startups were finally unveiled during the Mlika Virtual conference that took place from 16th to 18th September, 2020. About Mlika Mlika is
Africa Mobility Initiative (AMI) through its accelerator program, Africa Transformative Mobility Accelerator (ATMA) has admitted 9 startups for the 2020/2021 cohort. AMI’s vision is to create a vast network of continental and global transformative mobility enthusiasts, who work together to create sustainable and scalable solutions to mobility challenges in Africa. All the 9 startups are in the mobility space and are offering transformative, practical, well researched, and tested solutions addressing urban mobility challenges in African
By Oduge Glen Agak The scene is set in 2019, it was late in the night, and I had just finished one of the increasingly many assignments that came with being a final year, Computer Science student at the University of Nairobi. This new stage in life however, came with the pressure to figure out the direction I wanted to take in life. Most of my classmates were already employed and were working on big
The 2020 Global Startup Ecosystem Report has ranked Nairobi, Cairo, Cape Town and Lagos among the top 100 Emerging Ecosystems in the world. The report released on the 25th of June, 2020 saw the four cities as the only African cities that beat the cut to make it to the list. Cairo was the highest ranked at position (51) followed by Cape Town (59), Lagos (62) as Nairobi closed the list at position (66). The
“…the fun learning sessions have been quite engaging and interactive. They have simply been practical as opposed to the monotonous theory day to day campus lectures.”Claire Kanja Problem Based Learning (PBL) program run by the C4DLab has been an absolutely amazing opportunity to get to learn so many exiting things all at one. The experience so far has been mind blowing, getting to learn so many insightful things about myself, especially my personality, becoming more
The Africa Mobility Initiative through its accelerator program, Africa Transformative Mobility Accelerator (ATMA) is calling startups in the mobility industry to apply to join the accelerator’s 2020 cohort. The open application is LIVE on africamobilityinitiative.com and will run till 31st March 2020. The Africa Mobility Initiative (AMI) is supported by Shell Foundation a UK charity, and the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) and is looking for startups with operations in either Kenya or Uganda. Startups
What attracted me most to this program was the unique approach in solving real world problems by applying both user centered design approaches and human centered design thinking methodologies. Being a student, I was a bit skeptical at first, as most of the other PBL innovation fellows are working class citizens in different respectable fields. However, with time I have come to realize that this is more of an advantage to me. Catherine Waigwe during
Nairobi has so far been the epitome of traffic menace. It is a niche that this city in the sun has coined for itself and unapologetically gripped firmly. The inhabitants have adopted this way of life, so has the government which has developed an ingrain habit of expanding the road network to encourage more cars into the already congested space. The ‘highly adored’ city matatus are a force to reckon with in this East Africa’s
Testimonies have been given of how the Kenyan startup ecosystem is filled up with ‘Compepreneurs’ – (people who pretend to be entrepreneurs but instead are seasoned competitors jumping from one pitch fest to another just to get prize money awards!) The ecosystem now reads from the same page and it has dawned to many that it’s time to get rid of this culture and focus on scaling startups. So, how can we achieve this? That’s

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