I love seeing how the raw versions of businesses walk into Nailab and we take them to the next level.”

Sarah-Kajuju

The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative

Partner Jack Ma foundation

ANPI is a $10M Grant that looks to support 100 entrepreneurs over 10 years from 2019 to 2029 with a total of $1M shared among 10 entrepreneurs every year through an annual finale pitch competition. Through the guidance of Nailab, the continent’s implementing partner, Jack Ma foundation successfully ran year one of ANPI

Outcome

10,000 applications received from 50 countries in Africa.

Temie Giwa-Tubosun (Nigeria), founder and CEO of LifeBank, was named in the first place, taking home US$250,000 in prize money. Second place went to Dr Omar Sakr (Egypt), founder and CEO of research platform Nawah-Scientific, who took home US$150,000, while third place went to Christelle Kwizera (Rwanda), founder of Water Access Rwanda, who secured US$100,000. The remaining finalists, each receiving US$65,000, were Mumm (Egypt), Thrive Agric (Nigeria), J-Palm (Liberia), UZURI K&Y (Rwanda), Black Swan (Nigeria), DrugStoc (Nigeria), and Afrikrea (Ivory Coast).

ANPI is the best competition for African entrepreneurs on the continent right now. First the winnings are huge: there is a substantial cash award and much more valuable connections, exposure and mentorship. Besides winning, the application is well designed to help you think seriously about your customers and your employees and the role they play for your business. It is a highly valuable experience I would recommend for anyone. “ user name


LEAP²

Close the Gap and Goodup

LLEAP² is a challenge that enables innovations to jump the digital divide and LEAP to the next level. Innovators who go through this program are challenged to boost their innovations to the next level by raising funds through crowdfunding, those able to hit their 50% mark receive a match fund of up to Ksh. 200,000.

Output

1: Women innovation challenge 5 entrepreneurs got the matching
2: Light & Circular Economy Challenge 7 entrepreneurs got the matching fund
3: LEAP² Fintech challenge 8 entrepreneurs got the matching fund

We have Run 3 successful leap challenges in Kenya, one in Nairobi and two in Mombasa.

Nairobi: LEAP² Fintech Challenge Kenya

During the LEAP² Fintech Challenge, fintech entrepreneurs in Nairobi were challenged to give their innovations a boost through crowdfunding. Out of the 10 innovations that registered their innovations online for crowdfunding, 8 were able to hit the 50% mark and to complement their efforts they received a matching fund from Close the Gap. The innovations that got the matching fund are:

Company Name
Jill
TozaPlus
Mobile social enterprise ltd
Marks Rate
Nioji- A card you control
BrilliantPay
M-PAYA
LONIWA
Mlinzi

Mombasa: Swahili Tech Women Innovation Challenge

During the LEAP² Fintech Challenge, fintech entrepreneurs in Mombasa were challenged to give their innovations a boost through crowdfunding. Out of the 10 innovations that registered their innovations online for crowdfunding, 8 were able to hit the 50% mark and to complement their efforts they received a matching fund from Close the Gap. The innovations that got the matching fund are:

Company Name
TechLense
PsychBeing
Pwani teknowgalz
Okoa Jamii
Abetec

The LEAP² Innovative Light & Circular Economy challenge had a keen interest in businesses focused on waste recycling and renewable energy. The challenge targeted businesses that are achieving tangible, social and environmental impact while still making profits. Out of the 10 innovations that went through crowdfunding 7 managed to hit the 50% mark and got a match fund. The innovations that got the matching fund ar Clemence Mwanjala- Techlens

Mombasa: Innovative Light and circular economy challenge

The LEAP² Innovative Light & Circular Economy challenge had a keen interest in businesses focused on waste recycling and renewable energy. The challenge targeted businesses that are achieving tangible, social and environmental impact while still making profits. Out of the 10 innovations that went through crowdfunding 7 managed to hit the 50% mark and got a match fund. The innovations that got the matching fund are:

Company Name
Ethahusk Energy
Plastic Bottle bulbs
Nywele Chapaa
Smart bin electric generator
Trash to cash
Flexi-port
Tena pads initiative
LONIWA
Mlinzi

When I joined LEAP² Swahili-tech: Women Innovation Challenge, I only had an idea of developing an online platform for anonymous gender based violence reporting for women in the coastal region. Through the program I was able to raise 690,221. Now I have a platform called Okoa Jamii. ““ Abubakar Mbarak

The Next Economy program

Partner SOS Netherlands, SOS Kenya and Goodup

The Next Economy program focuses on upscaling businesses or upskilling young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, between the ages of 18-30, in readiness for the job market and or build sustainable and thriving businesses. We have run 4 successful cohorts equipping young people with corelife skills, employability, and entrepreneurship training.

Outcome

Corelife skills Trainees: 600
Entrepreneurship Trainees: 190.

Entrepreneurship Training

The program supports validated start-ups reach the next level. Within 3 months, entrepreneurs get in-depth business knowledge, practical exercises and one-on-one coaching to successfully scale-up their business. The program had 4726 applications in total. To date we have trained over 600 people in core life skills and 190 people in entrepreneurship.

TNE has transformed my future, I was a drug peddler and now am running my own legit business (Joe Bead and art). Thanks to the program I am now able to communicate effectively with my customers and I have gained the skills that will enable me to scale up my business. I have found my purpose. Joe



TNE has exceeded my expectations, I have learnt so much, like how to present my business, I thought I already knew but I didn’t, I can now pitch for funds for my business and market my business effectively through social media. The program was life changing, I am a better entrepreneur. “ Veronica

Employability Training

Employability is aimed at launching careers by transferring useful employability skills to increase the chances of finding sustainable employment.



I Accelerator

Partners UNFPA and Graca Machel Trust

The iaccelerator program accelerates young entrepreneurs in the health sector whose solutions are addressing sexual reproductive health challenges. Businesses accelerated:.

Businesses accelerated

Imara TV
Genesis care product
Mums Village


Make IT Accelerator

Partner GIZ

The program supports entrepreneurs developing tech driven businesses in the continent. The duration of the program 2017-2018. The program runs in 4 countries; Mozambique, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya



Innovation forum

Partner; Ministry of ICT, World bank

In Partnership with the World bank and the Kenya Ministry of ICT Authority and other key private sector partners, we coordinated a nationwide forum to create a linkage among the entrepreneurs, development partners and all other stakeholders. Duration of the program 2013-2016

Nationwide campaign:

288 applications received
266 entrepreneurs showcased
$900,000 invested in the forum