About the Program

The Mobile Impact Ventures Program (“MIVP”), is m:lab East Africa’s accelerator program for impact ventures with innovative solutions in agriculture, health & water and education. The m:lab’s accelerator is backed by the Rockefeller and Tony Elumelu Foundation’s, through the Global Impact Investment Network’s (“GIIN”) Africa Impact Economy Innovations Fund (“IEIF”). For more information on the grant click here .

The 3 month program supports startups in scaling their business through a tailor made acceleration process designed to facilitate the improvement of: business model, technology, customer discovery and potential for raising funding. This is delivered via intensive business masters classes, coaching with business experts and mentoring with sector specialists.
 

Dates / Timeline

Applications
Open: July 29

Applications
Close: Aug 27

Interviews:
Sept 2-4

Program Begins:
Sept 15

Pitching/Demo
pits: Dec 15

The Deal

The Mobile Impact Ventures Program offers services valued at over $15,000 USD in return for equity of 3%, the services include:

  • Business coaching sessions with startup specialists including a business model assessment,
  • Multiple sessions with sector specialist mentors,
  • Modular and dynamic training workshops on entrepreneurship and technology skill for mobile impact ventures based on needs assessment.
  • Tailored technology coaching to the needs of your business based on technical needs assessment,
  • Shared coworking space in the m:lab for the duration of the program
  • Access to legal and financial advisory services on an as needed basis
  • Access to the product testing lab in the m:lab including phones across all major operating systems,
  • Up To $1,000 worth of hosting credit per month with SoftLayer for 1 year,
  • UX and graphic design services including a design of a professional logo and presentation template, user interface designs and graphic mockups (e.g. template with HTML5, CSS & Graphic elements) as well as consultation for setting up a usability session.

Training content in business and technical areas is delivered in a modular, dynamic and relevant format, with sessions being based on ongoing needs assessments of the startups in the cohort and timings scheduled for Tuesday & Thursday 6-8:30. Startups will be assigned tasks and follow-ups outside of classroom environment (market interaction, coaching and mentoring) which is expected to require an additional 5hrs per week in the startups own time. Attendance of founders is required at all sessions.

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.

The program will require the entrepreneurs involved  to “Get out of the building” and interact with potential users, customers or partners for insights. Participants will therefore spend much time in the field undertaking experiments to validate their business models and to grow their revenue potential. Startups who complete this three month program will also pitch for cash funding of $5,000, awarded to winning 2 startups in the cohort.

For any questions reach us on –  mivp@mlab.co.ke.

Startup Advisors

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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Rachel Adelman

Rachel Adelman

Rachel is a technology enthusiast with over a decade of experience in program coordination and project management. She has been in involved in numerous research and consulting assignments in East Africa, which have seen her travel across the region to interview and collect field data.

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Sector Mentors

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.

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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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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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.

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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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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Elizabeth Kaluki Ngumbi (PhD)

Elizabeth Kaluki Ngumbi (PhD)

Elizabeth Kaluki Ngumbi has a PhD in Curriculum Studies and Instruction from Ohio University, USA. She is a good teacher, trainer of trainers, curriculum developer
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Franklin Masinde

Franklin Masinde

Franklin is a versatile commercial executive with a unique track record in sales and marketing spanning over 19 years across a variety of industries within Eastern Africa.
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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…Read more

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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
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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 Read more

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,Read more

Ombajo Misava Edward

Ombajo Misava Edward

Ombajo Misava Edward is the coordinator of Open and Distance e-learning at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Read more

Petronila Agnetta Ogola

Petronila Agnetta Ogola

Petronila brings on board over 10 years of professional experience in publishing and editing long-form content Read more

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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. Read more

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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.
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