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Wireless Wednesday- Opportunities and Challenges for Adoption of mHealth Solutions in Kenya

Mobile technologies are making a significant contribution in addressing the challenges of healthcare provision in Kenya. mHealth, is seen as a complementary strategy for strengthening health systems and could significantly cut costs, increase the reach and accessibility of healthcare services in the country. Some of the key opportunities for mHealth are enhancing quality, improving convenience,extending reach and reducing the cost of healthcare. A major obstacle to the rate of adoption of mHealth solutions is the lack of standardisation and regulatory frameworks to guide its scale-up. In addition, inadequate monitoring and evaluation and use of meaningful, consistent indicators and rigorous evaluation…

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A Glimpse of What Happened at PIVOT East 2014 – Urban TV Footage

On 24th – 25th June, PIVOT East, East Africa’s most prestigious startup pitching competition and conference went down at the Panari Hotel. The competition was hotly contested with the region’s 25 innovative mobile startups fight it out to win market recognition and investor interest for the fourth consecutive year. Five winners were selected, one from each  category by panels of  judges drawn from among angel investors and representatives from venture capital firms. Below is footage recently aired on Urban TV featuring the PIVOT East proceedings Proceedings at the conference were coordinated and moderated by Kenya’s renown media personalities. These were…

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PIVOT East 2014 Winners Announced – High hopes for 2015

PIVOT East an innovative startups competition geared towards nurturing the growing ICT talent in East Africa unveiled the winners of the 2014 competition. The unveiling was during a cocktail award ceremony at the Panari Hotel on 25th June. The competition which kicked off early this year was comprised of a series of activities that culminate to the finalists conference on 24th – 25th June. The open call for applications earlier in the year culminated into 50 startups from across East Africa being announced as the competitions semi-finalists early May. Five finalists from each of the competition’s five categories were selected by…

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Epic replaces MapJam as Finalist in PIVOT East 2014

MapJam, previously announced as finalist of PIVOT East has been replaced by Epic from Kenya. Epic provides a three prong approach to moving the Media houses from in-effective shoot-and-miss online content delivery, to a structured measurable, cost-effective way of creating profitable digital content. MapJam, a Kenyan startup  brings offline businesses and events online, making it possible for anyone to perform or to sell wherever they see fit, and to find the things or talents they are searching for, when & where they wish. PIVOT East organisers and MapJam have mutually agreed that the startup would not pitch at the finals…

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5 startups to win over 50,000 dollars in funding and VC training at PIVOT East

Five startups will win a combined total of over fifty thousand dollars in funding at the PIVOT East finalists conference. The five startups will be selected from 25 finalists who will pitch to a rich audience of investors and industry stakeholders on 24th and 25th June. The venue for the conference will be Panari Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya. Since 2011, m:lab East Africa has organised annual editions of PIVOT East, an annual pitching conference for startups with mobile technology based businesses. The m:lab has so far funded 15 startups through previous PIVOT East editions to the tune of US$120,000. At…

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PIVOT East to discuss role of hype and substance in startup ecosystems

Is the East African startup scene all hype with minimal substance? Many players in the fledgeling startup ecosystems of East Africa are increasingly having to consider this. Whether or not it’s useful to have much hype or big talk about potential of local startups is arguable. When there’s little evidence of traction  among startups in an ecosystem it becomes even more debatable. More so, whether or not there’s startups having market traction out of East Africa can be hard to determine where startup progress information is generally viscous or inaccurate. PIVOT East 2014 brings a platform for this and other discussions to…

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Fundraising Investment and Closing Deals – Finalists Workshop Recap

The Semifinalists and finalists of PIVOT East competition have been receiving training, coaching and mentorship in the last two weeks. The trainings are aimed at assisting the  finalists  to  improve  key  elements  of  their  business  models  and  the  positioning  of  their startups  to the  rich audience at the conference. The finalist will pitch to Investors, Venture Capitalists, judges, government officials and other delegates on 24th – 25th June 2014. The semifinalists and startups in the waiting list will benefit from the training sessions unlike the previous years where online the finalists took part in the training sessions. The first two…

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Kinu Hub to Host Finalists Session

Kinu Hub will host a session with the semifinalists and finalists of PIVOT East 2014 and the finalist and winner of PIVOT East 2013 from Tanzania on 12th June 2014 from 6.00 pm. The session will see TiME Ticket a finalists in the Finance category and Go Finance the overall winner and winner in the finance category in 2013 share their experience and progress over the past one year since PIVOT East 2013. The finalists from Tanzania, Ubongo Kids and the semifinalists AgrInfo and ShuleWiki will have a pitching sessions which is aimed at helping them improve their pitch deck…

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Brad Vanderford from Sinapis to Train semifinalists on customer development

On 12th June Brad Vanderford from Sinapis will make a presentation on Customer Development from 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm at the iHub.This is the third workshop for the semifinalists and the finalists of PIVOT East 2013. Customer Development process is important because it helps startups know how to identify and engage customers for their product and how to gather, evaluate and use their feedback to make their product, marketing and business model stronger.  The other session will be taken by Ben Lyon the co-founder of Kopokopo, a finalists in PIVOT East 2011. Ben will give a presentation on lean…

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PIVOT East 2014 conference to highlight key trends among regional startups

Tickets are now available for the PIVOT East 2014 finalists pitching conference at $200 per delegate. 25 mobile startups from across the region will pitch at the conference which will be held on 24th – 25th June at the Panari Hotel. This year’s conference will attract a rich audience of 200 – 250 people including investors, industry players, government players and development partners. In keeping with tradition, Each of the 25 startups will have seven minutes to pitch on stage and another 7 minutes to field questions from a panel of judges. The pitching sessions will be sequenced according to…

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