Who We Are
The Sote Hub idea was born from the Sote ICT project which started in 2010, implementing holistic approach that combines ICT integration and training with business skills at 12 schools in Taita Taveta, reaching out to over 6000 students. Once they graduate, they can start business or receive further career training at Sote Hub, which was the first rural based business incubator in Kenya.
UNDP reports that the Kenyan unemployment rate in 2017 is 40%. The highest in the East Africa region. However, the chances of youth to get formal employment are even slimmer. Only around 10% of the newly created jobs are in the formal sector.
Sote Hub today provides an open space for young innovators and startups to design market solutions to local challenges.
From success stories in Taita Taveta, we are scaling to Kwale and to work with 10 high schools and 4 technical colleges; an additional 5000 students to our fold. Through partnership with Kwale County Government, we are happy to announce our new location at Kwale Biashara Centre, Diani.
Our Services at Sote Hub
Did you know?
We combine digital skills with Lean Startup methodology, and assist students to put it in practice, and thus create teams that can launch real companies, right after school.
The word “Sote” in Swahili means “everyone”, and expresses our commitment to nurture future business leaders and IT professionals regardless of their background. “
Oxfam recognizes Sote Hub as a model rural startup hubs. https://www.slideshare.net/soteICT/oxfam-mentions-sote-hub-in-challenges-for-rural-enterprises-rural-hubs
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meet the team
Jakub is in charge of strategy and fundraising and is Chairman to the board. Jakub works on social innovation and supporting social entrepreneurs in Slovakia and until 2012 was a Financial Reporting Specialist with experience in international development cooperation with 35 projects concluded in the total amount of 1.6 million euros. Specialties: Startup hubs, business education and practice companies in rural Kenya, international development, ICT integration in development and education, financial reporting and administration of grants, international project development and management. Jakub holds an Msc in Finance and International Relations.
Ivana works tirelessly to strengthen the cooperation between Kenya and Slovakia schools organizing exchange trips and semester activities. Under her efforts, 20 Kenyan teachers and 5 startup members have travelled to Slovakia to business academies and tech hubs for educational exchanges. Ivana holds an Msc. in Political Research from Huddersfield University, UK. She was one of the finalists of student essay competition on global issues and won the internship at the UN, Vienna and was also the 2014 Volunteer of the year in Slovakia due to her work in Kenya.
Adriana Petrova has a masters in Computer Science and Chemistry for Teachers from University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra and has worked as financial manager, consultant or project manager for various foundations and organizations. She was an assistant of the branch director for Slovak Academic Information Agency, project manager for Nitra Community Fund that was the predecessor of Nitra Community Foundation, where she worked for 13 years as financial manager and consultant. Since June 2015, Adriana works as financial manager for international projects at Pontis Foundation and coordinates financial projections, reporting for Sote ICT
Robert is passionate about Internet of Things and coding. An alumni of our Sote ICT project, Robert for the last two years, been the creative guy handling both UI and UX designs with ease. He is almost single handedly responsible for developing Sote ICT brand and works with diligence and perfectionism. Robert is pursuing a degree in Information Technology. In his spare time, he builds Rogim Designs, a startup he co-founded with Gift Mtambo.
Elizabeth is that cheerful smile that welcomes you to Sote Hub. An alumni of Sote ICT project in secondary schools, Liz was once the president of the over 6,000 students and exhibits strong leadership skills and great organization. Liz is an avid tech evangelist and passionate about women and technology driving her to cofound Redecor Designs that uses tech including 3D printer to remodel cultural artefacts and projects from rural women groups in Taita.
As fondly reffered at Sote Hub, Tina is passionate about women and technology. This led her to found Sote Tech Queens which she works to empower more women into technology. Main target group are girls in high schools, universities, colleagues, graduates and career women, with special focus on girls from poor social and economic background. You will find her leading boot camps, hackathons and workshops or outreaches in girl’s secondary schools in Taita and Mombasa. She holds a degree in Business Information Technology from Taita Taveta University.
An alumni of Sote ICT Project, Geoffrey was one of the first graduates of our project in 2010. A graduate of Kenya College of Insurance, Geoffrey codes in python and is our resident geek with a nerk for newest ideas. He is now building pi Top, a credit sized portable Raspberry Pi computer that comes with inbuilt educational software and to give high school students an edge in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. He is our Finance Officer.