We believe that youth entrepreneurs in Africa have the talent, creativity, and passion needed to drive significant economic growth across the continent. To help support this growth, Affinis Labs
is running a series of hackathons throughout Africa, focused on catalyzing youth-led startups with the potential to create jobs. We started in Kampala in January 2016 with +256 Rising
, resulting in three startups that will launch in the coming weeks, and we are now working to support youth entrepreneurs in Kenya as well.
Kenya has emerged as a leader in the African tech movement, with strong opportunities for youth entrepreneurs. The country has already produced a number of heavy hitting platforms and companies, including M-PESA, Ushahidi, and iHub, which a Tech Crunch article credited with giving rise “to Africa’s innovation center movement.” The technology economy is growing (almost 1/3 of GDP in Kenya is spent using mobile devices, for example), and government investment in building Konza Technology City (estimated cost = US$14.5b) signals that the country is in the tech game to win.