Make-IT in Africa start-ups meet with the German Minister for Digitalisation Ms. Dorothee Bär at iHub Nairobi
On Tuesday 17th July 2018, two start-ups from our Accelerator Program, Micrive Infinite and Taimba, as well as one start-up from our start-up pool, InteliVec, attended a meeting with the German Federal Minister of Digitalisation Ms. Dorothee Bär at iHub in Nairobi, Kenya.
The aim of the meeting was to highlight digitalisation in Kenya by showing what some Kenyan start-ups are engaged with.
Prior to her appointment as Federal Minister for Digitalisation, Ms. Dorothee Bär served as the Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. Ms. Bär has also been a member of the German Parliament since 2002.
The meeting kicked off with a welcoming speech from Nekesa Were, Director of Operations at ihub Nairobi where she introduced Ms. Bär, her team and the Chargé d’Affaires Mr. Michael Derus.
Following this were the start-up presentations. Besides our three start-ups, there were two others present; Andrew Musoke from Lori Systems and Simon Dixon from Kwangu Kwako. The presentations were followed by questions from Ms. Bär and Mr. Derus.
The questions were mainly focused on the logistics of their business as well as the progress that they have made since inception. Our start-ups also mentioned the ways in which Make-IT had impacted their businesses particularly highlighting the benefits of the Capacity for Growth section of the 9-month accelerator programme.
Two Make-IT representatives were also present, Mutembei Kariuki, Regional Coordinator-East Africa and Cherie Kihato, Intern. Mutembei also shared with Ms. Bär the various activities that Make-IT is involved with.
(Photography by Benson Mutahi and Cherie Kihato)