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.

A Journey of Transformation

Impact

Schools Program

Entrepreneurship at Schools

Start-Ups in School

Start-Ups in the Hub

Our Services at Sote Hub

Incubation

After being shortlisted for incubation,the companies will be supported with seed capital, 12 months mentor-ship, networking and use of hub space, facilities and resources to grow the business.

Co-working Space

Members will have full use of working space, facilities and Internet in our Hub and attend regular business training programs and events.

Impact Outsourcing

Business mentors providing strategic advice, guidance and support to local businesses.

Networking Opportunities

Get advice and guidance from experienced business mentors and an opportunity to network with venture capitalists and angel investors.

Consulting

We are your one stop center for business research, IT Software solutions including ERPS, Hospital, Human Resource, Accounting, Supply Chain

Space Facilities

Full use of working space for meetings, conferences, seminars, events and training.

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. “

Latest News

Innovation Fair participants invited for mentor-ship at the hub

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SOTE HUB HOLDS 4th STUDENTS INNOVATION FAIR

 Sote Hub staged another great innovation fair bringing 26 high schools and technical colleges from Kwale and Taita Taveta in […]

The incredible profiles of participating startup in 2018 fair

The 2018 innovation Fair Edition Featured 26 participating schools from both Taita Taveta & Kwale Counties that showcased at the […]

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Sote Hub in the News

Kajire Girls Wins StartUp Africa Competition, to represent Kenya in Delaware, USA

Kajire Girls high school which is among our sponsored schools in Taita Taveta emerged the winners at the Diamond Africa challenge, held in Elgeyo Marakwet. The competition, run by Startup Africa essentially connects, mentors and builds skills for the students, youth and women besides spurring the entrepreneurship engagement....

MEET OUR PARTNERS

meet the team

David Ogiga

David Ogiga

Director and Secretary to the Board
Currently leading the expansion and operations at Sote Hub, David has over fifteen years working in social and change programs in African Education and Conservation. Previously Director Kasigau Wildlife Trust and Programs Officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare. David has extensive training and practice in Social Entrepreneurship, Business Planning and Consulting, Fundraising and Community relations. He holds a degree in Wildlife Management from Moi University, Kenya.
Jakub Simek

Jakub Simek

Director, Chairman Sote ICT NGO

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.

Harry Mwailengo

Harry Mwailengo

Incubation and Schools Program Director
Harry Mwailengo was mentor and Computer Science teacher at P.J. Mwangola Secondary. He became part of our core team in September 2015 and Sote Hub manager who worked on the preparation of the Sote Hub opening and now manages the hub since December 2015. He has over 15 years working with local and international organization including World Youth Empowerment Foundation and Kenya Red Cross. Harry is an Ashoka Change Maker Fellow and holds a degree in Bachelor of Development Studies from Mt. Kenya University.
Ivana Ulicna

Ivana Ulicna

Program Coordinator

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

Adriana Petrova

Finance Manager

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

Geoffrey Mwachari

Geoffrey Mwachari

Finance Officer

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.

Cellinah Robi

Cellinah Robi

Admin Assistant
An alumni of Sote ICT project, Cellinah was the ICT President and the C.E.O of Rainbow Printing Company. She is so passionate about empowering girls in STEM, which she manages through the weekly outreach programs to high schools and colleges in Taita Taveta. A member of Africa Women in Technology, Cellinah loves writing blogs where she shares her experiences and create awareness about varied social issues affecting girls.

Board of Advisory

Martha Mghendi

Martha Mghendi

Martha is a fintech & payments professional, a social entrepreneur and
a philanthropist. A dual citizen of The Netherlands & Kenya, Martha
considers herself a world citizen.

She is the FOUNDER of EUROPEAN WOMEN PAYMENTS NETWORK (EWPN) [5], the
1st and ONLY Pan-European network (community) dedicated to bringing
together women from all EU/EEA member states, working in cards,
fintech & payments. She has founded multiple organizations including
Beyond Innocence Foundation and Wawida Education Fund.

Martha serves in Sote Hub Advisory Board where where she is leveraging
her experience and accomplishments in empowering women in technology
and financial services in refining Sote Hub strategy in growing
startups from rural hubs.