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Selection of the first Make-IT Accelerator intake in Kenya

From December 5th-7th 2017, Make-IT welcomed 30 different start-ups from East African countries, representing agriculture, energy, education, fintech and health sectors to the final selection round of the Make-IT Accelerator. The event was hosted by Nailab in Nairobi.

Nailab is Make-IT’s implementing partner for the first phase of the Accelerator program in Nairobi.

The first two days (December 5th and 6th) the start-ups were put through a selection process each of them receiving scores during three activities: peer to peer pitches, team workshops and jury interviews. In total, 15 start-ups were chosen for the first intake of the Make-IT Accelerator program, starting in Nairobi in January 2018. A similar process took place in Nigeria in November to choose the 15 most promising start-ups out of the applicants.

Selection process

The Jury
Selection Criteria
Follow up
The Jury

The jury was compiled of stakeholders with particular interest in digital start-ups and Make-IT in Africa. Participants on the jury included:

  • Munyaradzi-Arnold Chivasa, Merckgroup
  • Nils Hafa, Greentec Capital
  • Reha Yurdakul, IBM
  • Marah Koeberle, AHK (German Chamber of Industry and Commerce)
  • Andia Chakava, Alpha Africa Asset Managers
  • Sam Gichuru, Nailab
  • Sheilah Birgen, iHub
  • Stephen Gugu, Victoria Ventures
  • Halima Murunga, WonderKid
  • Lillian Marenya, Enablis
  • Linet Kwomboka, Data Science
  • Prisca Watko, GIZ
  • Dr. Salome Ngata, Health Consultant
  • Dr. Jan Schwaab, GIZ

Each start-up had 3 minutes to pitch their business model and up to 15 minutes with the jury, reserved for questions.

Selection Criteria

Prior to the final selection meeting, the start-ups applied to join the program via Make-IT partner VC4Africa. Here, they underwent their first screening round by a jury compiled of members of the networks of GIZ, VC4Africa, endeva and CcHub Nigeria.

Each jury member ranked the start-ups based on the following critieria (0-10 points per criterion):

  1. Business model
  2. Innovative use of technology
  3. Social impact
  4. Market
  5. Scaling potential
  6. Team competencies
  7. Quality of pitch/interview

Kick-off event

On December 7th, 2017 the Make-IT Accelerator hosted a kick-off event at Nailab. The event was joined by Dr. Joseph Kiplagat (Director of Ministry of Industry Trade and Cooperatives), Mr. Stefan Opitz (Country Director, GIZ for Kenya/Somalia) and Sam Gichuru (Director of Nailab). The start-ups had to give a final pitch and were welcomed to the program.

Photos taken by Brian Obi

Participants of batch 1

AB3D (African Born 3D Printing)

Annona

Chekkit

ClinicPesa

DaktariPap Solutions

Genexe Engineering

Gjenge Makers

ICT for Development Kenya

Kaaro Health Finance Ltd

Micrive Infinite Limited

RedHunt

Sauti East Africa Limited

Taimba Ltd

TECH KIDZ AFRICA

WazInsure

ZOA

Implementing Partners

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