Sote Hub is launching the first Platform in tech innovation for start-ups at Voi on 8thJuly 2016.
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 TaitaTaveta, reaching out to over 5800 students and 200 teachers. Sote Hub provides an open space for young innovators, startup companies, incubation and our community to think about the problems and come up with suitable local solutions.
Some of the Start-ups presenting will be Rogim designs which is a creative agency which offers advertisement and design solutions to all businesses by creating online marketing platforms, Recycle Afrika a company which aims at solving the e-waste accumulation problem by recycling them to functional electronic equipment and Re-decor which deals with art and crafted curios from different cultures and countries aiming at reconnecting the globe through culture.
The project Jury committee at Sote HUB consists of key figures in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, including: John Paul Community Manager at iHub, Ahmed Maawy, CEO Swahili Box, Milica Radovic, CEO iTKonnect, Serbia. The Chief Guest will be Madam Mary Ndiga, Deputy Governor Taita Taveta County
Also on the 9th July 2016 Sote ICT will be hosting its second annual student’s trade fair at Coast Institute of Technology- Voi. The chief guest will be the Governor Mr. Mruttu. There will be over 20 training companies’ present including Marvelous Art Association which was established in January 2013 by students from Kajire Girls High School. It focuses on production of home decorations, fashionable handbags, paintings and accessories made of clay, paper, wood or various seeds available at the school compound. All their products are handmade.
Harry Mwailengo, Project Manager SoteHub Kenya– “It’s been amazing journey to see our business incubation growing steadily reaching out to young innovators in Taita Taveta county and beyond. On 8th July 2016, we will witness young innovators contesting for the seeding funding at the. This is a great milestone! Looking forward to support and work with successful young innovators and entrepreneurs”
David Ogiga, CEO Sote Hub Kenya- “The Sote Hub launching represents a different approach of taking business incubation to marginalized smaller towns in Kenya where you find the majority of unemployed youth deprived of many opportunities for self improvement. It however also underscores Kenya’s rise as a leader in the start-up community and the contributions of its community of innovators to tackling some of the most difficult social challenges. With the successful launch of Taita Taveta Incubator, Sote Hub has set their eyes in the other 46 counties and welcomes new partnerships and collaborations. It is also a time to thank our partners for last six years Slovak Aid and Pontis Foundation.”
Jakub Simek, Program Manager Pontis Foundation
“After six years of excellent cooperation with Kasigau Wildlife Trust in our joint educational programs of Sote ICT and Sote Hub, we are very excited to see first startups being founded by former graduates from Sote ICT clubs that we currently support at twelve secondary schools. Now we need to shift to another gear but also be balanced enough to invest in skills of existing students and graduates alike, to raise chances for success in both groups. The 460 students at those clubs can find inspiration to join Sote Hub if they see their older schoolmates to progress in their own business. They can then visit over holidays for workshops and boot camps, and hopefully start their own company or become employed by one of the growing startups.“