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Incubated Startups at the m:lab Win Accolades at Connected Kenya

Three startups incubated at the m:lab, were among six winners in the Kenya’s Vision 2030 ICT Innovation awards at Connected Kenya. The three startups are Eneza Education, Ma3Route and Afroes Games. Connected Kenya which was held on 14th – 16th April 2014 at Leisure Lodge and Resort  in Diani, Kwale County aims to establish a platform for collaboration, capacity building and knowledge sharing between government and the ICT sector with a view of linking and hastening implementation of government IT projects to world class standards. Eneza Education was declared the overall winners in this year’s Vision 2030 ICT Innovation awards…

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Statistics on Mobile Apps Testing – Q1 2014

The m:lab East Africa testing facility aims to provide a thorough mobile apps testing experience to mobile app developers, hence promoting the development of high quality apps. This will ensure that apps not only meet specific requirements for which they are intended, but are also usable and consumable for their targeted user. The facility has continually seen an increased amount of attention from the developer community. This year, there has been an rise in the number of unique devices in the testing room with new entrants this year such as the Nokia X and the Blackberry Z10 Dev Alpha devices….

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Standing Out From the Crowd: PIVOT East Selection Criteria

On June 24th and 25th, East Africa’s premier startups pitching competition and conference will take place in Nairobi.  The Call for applications is open and the deadline of submitting applications for the competition is on 11th April 2014. Application  is open to all residents of the Eastern African countries of Rwanda, Kenya, Burundi, Tanzania, South Sudan, DRC, Ethiopia, Somalia and Uganda. Startups from the named  countries  are  eligible to participate. Application process is the beginning of the PIVOT East journey towards making it to the finals and hopefully winning in your category, meeting partners or investors. Upon the close of…

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Integrating mobile money into your app

Struggling with integrating mobile money into your app ? Then PesaPi might be the solution for you. PesaPi is an open-source middleware that you use with your own application to enable mobile money transactions, originally released in 2011 under the BSD (lite) license. Dealing with Telco’s can be difficult and each Telco has their own (difficult) way of doing things, hence if you want to support a number of different payment methods, or across different countries, then you are looking at A LOT of development time and A LOT of time spent on figuring out how to integrate with these…

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Past Finalists Speak about PIVOT East

Since inception in 2011, PIVOT East competition has identified and supported 75 mobile startups as finalists of the annual competition (25 each year). m:lab East Africa has directly funded 15 of the startups to the tune of over $120,000 through PIVOT East since 2011. In addition, over 15 past finalists have raised VC, angel or impact funding cumulatively to the tune of over $4.7 million. Asked to comment on the experience of being finalists at PIVOT, some past finalists of the 2011, 2012 and 2013 competitions had the following to say :- “Basically we entered the competition with just an…

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Chase Bank Kenya Sponsors PIVOT East 2014

Chase Bank (K) Ltd is one of the fastest growing banks in Kenya. It is the gold sponsor for PIVOT East 2014. The Bank received awards for being the Best SME Bank 2013, Fastest Growing Bank in Kenya in 2009 and 2010, as well as a special award for product innovation, at the Banking awards 2011 and 2013 in recognition for their role in creating innovative products for the SME market. Speaking on the sponsorship, Chase Bank Head of Marketing & Communications Magdalene Mulandi revealed that most economies in the world, Kenya’s included, are moving from being solely industrial to…

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How much team composition matters for startups

PIVOT East is emphasizing the need to regard the competition as a platform for organizational development and business model refinement among its participants. Inasmuch as few participants may still see it as one of the many competitions where they could “earn” prize money, there’s many that are getting the geist of the matter and are taking their businesses more seriously with the competition. Market traction validates the idea In the 2013 edition of the PIVOT East, market traction was emphasized in the criteria for all selection stages. This helped to minimize the so called “compe-preneur” effect. Market traction included earning or…

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The Nokia X is Here!

The long awaited launch of the Nokia X went down yesterday at the Sarova Stanley Hotel in Nairobi. The Nokia X launch in Kenya comes second globally following the first official launch of the new Nokia X series of devices in India last week. The new range of Nokia X smartphones, featuring the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL run a customized Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) rom modified to offer Microsoft services such as OneDrive, Skype and Outlook. Some of the new/outstanding features in these devices include: The Fastlane Fastlane is designed to offer fast, smooth access to…

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Mobile Developers receive $100 bonus for integrating AppWrapper™

In-app advertising is the easiest way to make money through your apps. Did you know that in-app advertising is the fastest growing sector of the mobile advertising market? According to a report by Juniper Research, spending on in-app advertising is expected to reach $17 billion by 2018. This amount is up dramatically from the $3.5 billion spent in 2013. Vserv.mobi is a leading Global Mobile  Ad-Exchange with strong presence in emerging markets. Vserv’s pioneering technology AppWrapper™ powers One Click App Monetization for 20,000+ Apps across platforms. The AppWrapper™ is the World’s Simplest App Monetization – it enables premium advertising & innovative pricing…

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PIVOT East partners with Tech hubs for 2014 startups competition

Organizers of PIVOT East, one of the most prestigious mobile startups competition and conference in the region are happy to announce a partnership with Tech Hubs across the region for 2014.  The hubs include: Outbox (Uganda), Hive Colab (Uganda), Kinu (Tanzania), Buni (Tanzania), kLab (Rwanda), iceaddis (Ethiopia), iBiz Africa (Kenya) and C4DLab (Kenya). The partnership with the tech hubs will go a long way in ensuring that the best entrepreneurs and developers in different countries in the region take part in the PIVOT East 2014 competition. “Competitions such as PIVOT are important for the start-up community in Tanzania for two…

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