Who We Are
Using digital technology, Sote Hub trains rural youth in Taita Taveta, Kwale (and Coastal region) often marginalized with less opportunities for career progression or technology) on jobs, career preparedness; support them establish startups where they create products/services and test with real customers.
Sote Hub Incubation Programme enhances business ventures empowering young entrepreneurs to gain traction and revenue, access to funding and partners, critical tools and ongoing mentorship. Over the last four years, the program has graduated 40 startups and job/internship matching opportunities to 700 youth.
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.
According to a recent study, 30% of our trainees have joined university, 30% got employment and 30% started business, which is 3 times higher than national average.
A JOURNEY OF TRANSFORMATION
ADOPT –A- STARTUP
Adopt- A- Startup is an investing opportunity for well-wishers/ partners who want to support our young innovators scale their business. Our Sote young innovators are implementing brilliant ideas and models that tackles world challenges in poverty, climate change, health, education, financial inclusion, unemployment, energy poverty, natural resources and food insecurity.
Sote Hub depends on the kind donations of our amazing friends and partners. Please continue to be part of our change story impacting and giving livelihood opportunity to young people in rural Kenya.
MEET THE TEAM
Jakub SimekCo-founder/ Board Chair
Ivana UlicnaPrograms Officer
Joyce PeshuHead of Programs
Adriana PetrovaFinance Manager
Joseph GithumbiTechnical Lead
Lucia MuthoniProgram Assistant
Mejuma BakariAdmin Assistant
Juma NasoroAgriBusiness Manager
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 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.
Joyce is currently Head of Programs at Sote Hub, Joyce has over 7 years’ experience in development work both national and international. Previously working with VSO as a Project Officer, Joyce has extensive knowledge in project planning and management, community mobilizations, coaching and mentorship, Advocacy and Social accountability, community mobilization and youth engagement.
Joyce is very passionate about inclusion of young people in decision making processes as well as their nurturing and empowerment for a greater tomorrow.
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
With his Deep Knowledge of Web Development, Graphic design and Apps, Joseph has previously worked with Pezesha, Crispeco Limited and several startups.
Joseph today manages Sote Hub technical solutions and improvements leading the designing and visibility of our projects and for our customers.
Lucia is a demonstration of the journey of Sote ICT projects. Right from Murray Girls High School where she was the President of Murray Girls IT Club, a platform she used to offer strong leadership influencing hundreds of girls to join the club and create impact.
Today as Program Assistant, Lucia has not lost focus on the key subject, Girls Empowerment. She trains, mentors and oversees the growth and development of start-ups from young innovators with a special focus on how to bring more girls into economic production through technology.
She holds a Bsc. in Business and IT from Meru University of Science and Technology.
An admin Assistant with 3 years’ experience, Mejuma is our first interface with visitors and partners to Sote Hub. A warm personality, she is skilled in prioritizing and completing tasks and with extensive experience with Microsoft Office and Web designs.
Juma Nasoro is a business professional and consultant in ICT related fields. He has experience with over 12 year’s experience. He has specialized in fields such as Business Advisory and Training, project coordination, ICT and content development. He has also taken leadership roles and has been a mentor to different organizations including Sote hub.
BOARD OF ADVISORY
Bart kindles the vision and expands the possible for leaders via thought partnering and coaching. Bart is an executive coach, group facilitator. And entrepreneur who works with founders, C-levels, teams, and focused professionals.
Clients include Facebook, PwC, Wells Fargo, Stanford University, Pinterest, Cisco, Visa, HP, Slack, Pure Storage, Open Door, Harvard Business School, Blue Shield, and Johnson & Johnson.
Wielding the strength of purpose, stepping into power, and building powerful relationships are frequent fuel sources for clients. Bart partners across cultures, industries, and generations in India, China, and through Europe. His training and experience in neuroscience, philosophy, athletics, and management best practices open the door to engagement with his clients and nudges them to “hack this life”. Clients describe Bart as “deeply insightful, passionate, and incisive.”
Bart comes to coaching from the business side. He was a member of a senior leadership team. He has had P&L responsibility and accountability for delivering operational excellence in a number of companies in both established and start-up environments via leadership roles in product development, strategy, finance, merger integration, sales, and program management.
Bart graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and holds a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.
The country manager for VSO’s programmes in Kenya, George has over 20 years work experience in programmes supporting youth, women and persons with disabilities. George has MBA degree specialising in strategic management, BSc Agriculture, Education and Extension. George currently serves as Executive Liaison for the prestigious Young African Leadership Initiative covering East and Central Africa under IREX. He has led and delivered projects under DFID, Ford Foundation; Deaf Child Worldwide; Act! ; USAID among others.
Grace Nyonyintono Lubaale, PHD
Formerly with UN-Habitat, Grace is a Registered Urban and Regional Planner with an interdisciplinary training and experience in management, finance, development and urban planning. He has a rich career spanning many years working with governments, organizations and multiple donors. He joins Sote Hub Board of Advisors and brings experience managing development projects and acceleration of our impacts to the most vulnerable young people.
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 the EUROPEAN WOMEN PAYMENTS NETWORK (EWPN) , 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 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.
Catherine Kanyi is a business development professional with over 14 years of work experience. She has worked with over 5 companies specializing in Commercial marketing, Capital markets Investments, Infrastructure Development, Trade and Commerce. She offers a unique blend of business strategy, marketing and advertising prowess, investment analysis, portfolio management, business acumen and global insight into developing countries and international markets. She has a diverse experience environment having worked in East Africa, West Africa and South Africa.
Jack M. Juma
Jack M. Juma is a technical advisor on organic standards and certification with over 17 years of working experience in Organic agriculture sector. Has had a wide range of experience in value chains development with a focus on the organic value chain, sector/ industry with the key being farmer training in organic production practices.
Has also helped developed organic certification project in a number of African countries as a consultant for example in Mauritius, Seychelles, Comoros, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Liberia, Burkina Faso, as a lead consultant on organic hive products certification.
His Career Objective is to be a senior facilitator and researcher in environmental studies, organic agriculture and community development.