[one_half_first] [h3 style=”first-word double-color”]Program Overview[/h3]

Each of the admitted social ventures will be required to dedicate time to complete program milestones associated with their business progress. A commitment fee of Kshs 7,000 will be required from the social ventures that get admitted to the program. Kshs 5,000 of the commitment fee will be refundable upon the venture’s completion of program milestones.

Applicants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the design thinking process used at Stanford Design School -eg. http://dschool.stanford.edu/dgift/

[/one_half_first] [one_half] [h3 style=”first-word double-color”]Ideal Team Composition[/h3]

To participate in this program we recommend:

[list type=”bullet”] [li]One team member with experience or educational background in software programming – mandatory [/li] [li]One team member having a business background or experience pursuing a business venture – mandatory[/li] [li]One team member having work experience in the targeted development domain ie. education, health and water or agriculture – advantageous[/li] [/list] [/one_half] [divider type=”nomargintop”] [one_third_first] [h3 style=”first-word double-color”]Background[/h3] Mlab East Africa (m:lab) is among the seven organizations that won the Rockefeller Foundation and the Tony Elumelu Foundation‘s Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (IEIF). For more information on the grant click here for details.

[/one_third_first] [one_third] [h3 style=”first-word double-color”]Impact Areas[/h3]

To begin with, the focus impact areas under the program will be :-

[list type=”bullet”] [li]Agriculture[/li] [li]Education[/li] [li]Health & Water[/li] [/list] [/one_third] [one_third] [h3 style=”first-word double-color”]Investment[/h3]

The m:lab will provide an initial seed investment of $5,000 each to the two most progressive startups for traction proof. Beyond the three month contact period , the program will help to pursue growth capital for the impact ventures within its network of impact funds and angel investors targeting investments of $50,000 and above.

[/one_third][divider type=”nomargintop”] [h3 style=”first-word double-color”]Time Committment[/h3]

The program entails 3 months of contact with customers, coaches, mentors, trainers and domain experts. 16-20 days spread across the period will be dedicated for group trainings. The program will require all entrepreneurs involved  to “Get out of the building” and interact with real people as potential users, customers or partners for insights. Participants will therefore spend much time gathering customer insights in the field and undertaking experiments to validate their business models. One-on-one time with coaches and mentors will be scheduled on appointment basis.

[divider type=”nomargintop”] [h3 style=”first-word double-color”]Startup Advisors[/h3] [one_third_first]
Stephen Gugu

Stephen Gugu

Stephen graduated from Ghent University, Vlerick Business School with an MBA in 2011 through a full scholarship from the Kofi Annan Foundation. Having always had a passion for innovation in enterprise and new business ventures, his studies focused on entrepreneurship

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Yaron Cohen

Yaron Cohen

Yaron has been active in capital raising, trade finance, and business development consulting in East Africa since 2009. Through this experience he came across a wealth of business opportunity ripe for capture by companies willing to experiment with innovative business models, products and services

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John Kieti

John is passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship that creates thriving knowledge economies in East Africa. He is a technologist and an expert in mobiles for development (M4D). His past and present entrepreneurial ventures range from consumer internet to agribusiness and real estate.

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Dr. Patrick Odawo

Dr. Patrick Odawo

Dr.Patrick Odawo has a wealth of experience in Kenya’s health sector. He served as a Medical Officer at Machakos District hospital for three years before becoming the Provincial officer for Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART).

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Dr. Bill Martin Osumba

Dr. Bill Martin Osumba

Dr. Bill Martin Osumba served for three years as a Medical Officer in charge for various district hospitals in Kenya including Londiani, Lodwar and Laikipia West. This exposed him to the difficult realities of health systems in poor and underserved areas of Kenya.

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Milton Lore

Milton Lore

Milton has been actively involved in enterprise development in Africa and Europe for over 17 years, with emphasis on nurturing innovative entrepreneurial ventures through provision of early-stage funding and business mentoring support.[button url=”http://mlab.co.ke/sectormentors/” style=”readmore” size=”small” type=”” target=”_self”]Read more[/button][/one_sixth] [one_sixth]

Haron Wachira

Haron Wachira

Haron Wachira is an Ashoka Fellow (2010), elected for his entire value chain development model intended for use by small scale, rural communities to aggregate produce, optimize production, gain access to markets and, using ICT, ‘capture’ exchangeable value from the produce generated through their value chain activity to access cheaper credit.[button url=”http://mlab.co.ke/sectormentors/” style=”readmore” size=”small” type=”” target=”_self”]Read more[/button][/one_sixth][one_sixth]

Benjamin Njenga

Benjamin Njenga

Benjamin Njenga has a Master’s degree in business administration from Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology and a Bsc in agribusiness management (first class honors) from Egerton University.

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Esther Mwiyeria

Esther Mwiyeria

Esther Mwiyeria has an accumulated wealth of experience in the education sector for the last 24 years.  After graduating from Kenyatta University with Bachelor of Education in Mathematics and Computer Studies

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Jasper Grosskurth

Jasper is specialized in African markets and market research. He is Managing Director at Research Solutions Africa Ltd in Nairobi. The company conducts primary market and social research in 20 African countries for a wide range of commercial and non-commercial clients.

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Tyler Goodwin

Tyler first came to Kenya in late 2012 as a co-founder of SmartLife, a chain of healthy living shops built to affordably deliver pure water, nutritious foods, and hygiene products to the mass market. SmartLife is a joint venture between WSUP Enterprises, Unilever, and the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition—and the retail concept was designed and prototyped by ideo.org.

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Neeta Bhandari

Neeta Bhandari

Based in Nairobi, Neeta served most recently as Regional Director of GBCHealth Kenya, where she facilitated public-private partnerships, supported multinational and local company engagement on global health issues, and further solidified GBCHealth’s African field operations.[button url=”http://mlab.co.ke/sectormentors/” style=”readmore” size=”small” type=”” target=”_self”]Read more[/button] [/one_sixth] [one_sixth]

Ben Lyon

Ben Lyon

Ben Lyon is a co-founder and director of Kopo Kopo, a merchant acquisition and management platform that collaborates with banks, mobile network operators and third parties to build profitable merchant networks around the world. Kopo Kopo’s flagship partnership was formed with Safaricom in Kenya in 2012.

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Charlene Chen

Charlene Chen

Charlene Chen has 9 years of private sector and social sector experience working with a variety of organizations ranging from internet startups to Fortune 500 companies to international non-profits. She began her career as an IT consultant at Deloitte Consulting, but during business school made a career shift to focus on social entrepreneurship and ICTD in sub-Saharan Africa.

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Tamara Cook

Tamara Cook is the Lead Digital Finance Specialist at Financial Sector Deepening Kenya running the Retail Innovations Initiative, Cash-lite pilot, and advising on cross-cutting digital finance work. She is on secondment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she has worked on the Financial Services for the Poor team Since 2008.[button url=”http://mlab.co.ke/sectormentors/” size=”small” type=”” target=”_self” style=”readmore”]Read more[/button][/one_sixth]

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