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iHub + Oracle Forum – Is Cloud Important When Running a Business?

Workshops

July 20, 2016

Cloud computing, often referred to as simply “the cloud,” is the delivery of on-demand computing resources – everything from applications to data centers – over the Internet on a pay-for-use basis.

According to Ben Gram, when talking about the cloud, we are talking broadly about online storage, tools, and services that make it easier for people and businesses to connect, share, store information, build relationships, make sales, and create value. “Cloud computing” is not just about technology; it’s about finding new ways for your business to work efficiently and access convenient tools and serve your customers better. In general, cloud computing is a matter of providing certain technology solutions (software, platforms, servers, infrastructure, etc.) as a “service” instead of as a product.

With many businesses now embracing cloud services, even small businesses now have the ability to access the same type of cloud services that used to be only affordable for large companies. Small businesses can access cloud services at a cost and scale that works for them.

Cloud Computing is a broad term that describes a broad range of services. Some businesses choose to implement Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), this are tools that enable your business to, in effect, subscribe to an online application or services. Examples of Saas cloud tools include Google Apps, Salesforce.com, online accounting softwares, online invoicing or payroll management programs or any other online tools that help you manage your business and be productive. There is also Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), where a business can create its own custom applications for use by all in the company. And there is also Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), where players like Amazon, Microsoft and Google provide a backbone that can be “rented out” by other companies.

We will be hosting a forum to discuss whether cloud is important when running a business. The forum will be in partnership with Oracle that offers a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, platform services, and engineered systems.Representatives from Oracle will be present at the forum to shed more light on Oracle cloud service and contribute to the discussion of the day. Among the questions that will be discussed during the forum include:

  • Can developers leverage on cloud to simplify development?
  • Is cloud safe for businesses to use?
  • Challenges of internet of things uptake in Africa

Details of the forum:

Theme: Is Cloud important when running a business?

Where: iHub, 4th Floor Bishop Magua Centre, Ngong Road

When: Friday 29th July from 5.00 PM to 7.00 PM

To participate in the event, kindly RSVP HERE

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iHub partners with uWakili to provide Specific Pro Bono Legal services For Startups

Workshops

July 14, 2016

Entrepreneurs face many challenges when running a startup. While they tend to focus their efforts on the development and growth of their startups, they typically overlook the legal risks that their startup may face.

The cost of hiring a lawyer may lead founders to not seek legal advice in the critical formative stages of the startup. This can cause early errors that may interfere with the startup’s growth and financing opportunities.

With an aim to reduce the legal barriers for startups and entrepreneurs in our community, iHub has partnered with uWakili an online legal service platform to provide specific pro bono legal services to the iHub and m:lab startups. uWakili is an online legal services platform that provides Kenyan businesses and individuals access to cost-effective and easy-to-use online legal services. Through this partnership, we hope entrepreneurs will be able to minimize the legal risks and costs and drive startup growth.

The partnership entails virtual legal consultation office hours for startups and entrepreneurs in the community and a monthly in-depth training for startups and entrepreneurs on a broad range of issues. The training will be facilitated by advocates with specialized training and experience in the different areas. The monthly training will be open to anyone interested in the area of discussion.

Find below the schedule for the training. Feel free to apply for any training of your choice

Legal Training iHub and m:lab
28th July

1400hrs – 1600hrs

Legal Structure and Compliance

  • Incorporation
  • Regulators
  • Premises and Leasing

APPLY HERE

26th August

1400hrs – 1600hrs

Foundation Agreements

  • Founder’s stock
  • Vesting
  • Founder departures
  • Company winding up procedures

APPLY HERE

30th September

1400hrs – 1600hrs

Intellectual Property

  • TradeMarks
  • Copyright
  • Process and Costs

APPLY HERE

28th October

1400hrs – 1600hrs

Employment Management

  • Legal requirements
  • Stock based compensation/equity
  • Litigation
  • Employee IP

APPLY HERE

25th November Essence of a Contract

  • Record of items agreed
  • Statement of obligations and rights
  • A cover for risks and loss/liability

APPLY HERE

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Apply for The Global Impact Accelerator Program, Slush 2016 Local Competition

Workshops

July 1, 2016

What is Slush?

Slush is Europe’s leading startup and technology event, which connects startups and tech talent with top-tier international investors, executives, and media. In 2015, Slush brought together 15,000 attendees from one hundred nations for a two day event held in Helsinki, Finland

What is Global Impact Accelerator All About?

Slush Global Impact Accelerator is a program created in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and multiple partners globally. The purpose is to create a leading global program to support startups that are looking to solve some of the most pressing global challenges and contributing to the discussion on impact investing.

Slush Global Impact Accelerator 2016 brings impactful entrepreneurs from emerging markets to Helsinki to accelerate their business, attract additional financing and make an even greater impact on their societies and beyond. The program includes online pre-event coaching and Helsinki boot camp program from November 22–December 2, 2016 culminating in Slush

What will the Global Impact Accelerator Participants Receive?    

  • Online pre-mentoring program organised for all the selected participants;
  • Helsinki boot camp program from November 22–December 2;
  • Skills workshops and capacity building with the leaders from all around the world
  • Industry specific matchmaking sessions co-organised with the leading organisations
  • Transportation, accommodation and other program related costs will be covered by Slush.
  • Access to Slush 2016:-
  1. Slush matchmaking tool for organizing 1-on-1 meetings with investors
  2. Opportunity to be featured in Slush 100 Pitching Competition & Slush Impact Showcase;
  3. Networking with NGOs, institutions, startups, media, and other stakeholders from the Nordics and beyond;
  4. Access to side events, such as Founders Day, organized during the Slush week.

How to Apply?

Interested individuals are required to fill in a short application form for the local competition at m:lab. The selected applicants will attend the local competition on 11th August, where they will pitch their business in front of a local panel of judges. The judges will shortlist 2-4 candidates, who will then fill in a more in-depth application form. The shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the Selection Committee for an interview. The final decision of the selection will be made by the Selection Committee based on the application form and interview.

Selection Criteria:

  • Vision to solve pressing challenges globally (A business concept that will have a measurable positive impact on people, society, or planet. There are no limitations in terms of sector or geographical focus.
  • Potential to scale;
  • Skills and drive to succeed;
  • A business idea that has gained some traction, but can still be in an early phase;
  • At least a working prototype;
  • Preferably with the IT focus
  • Can be commercial or non-profit but have to have a scalable business idea
  • Attending Slush will benefit their future business activities
  • Fluent English skills

We are looking for the next world-changing business ideas that directly addresses global development challenges. Do you have one? Apply for the program HERE. The deadline for submitting entries is on 31st July 2016. We are looking for only 30 applicants.

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m:lab East Africa to Host Slush Global Impact Accelerator 2016 Local Event

Workshops

June 24, 2016

One of the leading startup and technology event, Slush Global Impact Accelerator 2016 has been launched. The m:lab is excited to be part of Slush for the second consecutive year. The m:lab will be hosting Slush 2016 local competition in August to select startups that will represent Kenya at Slush in November – December at Helsinki in Finland.

Slush Global Impact Accelerator is a program created in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and multiple partners globally. The purpose is to create a leading global program to support startups that are looking to solve some of the most pressing global challenges and contributing to the discussion on impact investing.

Slush 2016 will bring impactful entrepreneurs from emerging markets to Helsinki to accelerate their business, attract additional financing and make an even greater impact on their societies and beyond. The program includes online pre-event coaching and Helsinki boot camp program from November 22–December 2, 2016 culminating in Slush.

Last year 15 hubs from Brazil, Africa to Vietnam took part in this program and this year it is expanding to 20. A Group of 40 entrepreneurs will join the program after all the final selection procedures are completed. Also, all the hubs will be joining the program in Finland.

Slush is Europe’s leading startup and technology event, which connects startups and tech talent with top-tier international investors, executives, and media. In 2015, Slush brought together 15,000 attendees from one hundred nations for the two day event held in Helsinki, Finland.

The local event will be held on 11th August in Nairobi, Kenya. Stay tuned for more information on how to apply for the local event.

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Afroes Graduates out of the incubation at m:lab East Africa

Incubation

June 10, 2016

Afroes, short for ‘African heroes’,is an African Social enterprise that gamify learning. Afroes develops cutting-edge interactive digital media solutions rooted in Africa’s rich heritage and designed to mould Africa’s young citizens. By engaging with Afroes, users get a fresh and cool African experience as well as an awareness of new possibilities and opportunities on the continent.

Afroes aims to change mindsets of young Africans by developing leadership and problem solving skills through innovative and engaging digital games.Their value proposition is uniquely designed for the African mobile market to create compelling and relevant interactive content but also to ensure deep reach into the hands and pockets of the target user

Afroes began Its operations in South Africa in January 2010 with the goal to build compelling and relevant learning content for youth in Southern and East Africa. In 2012, they joined the Mlab Southern Africa. In the same year Afroes was given the opportunity to “Internationalize” beginning with Kenya – through the m:lab East Africa.

To date, Afroes has developed and distributed a series of mobile learning solutions. In Kenya, this has included award-winning HAKI – a mobile game series on Justice and Rights that has reached over 30,000 users. MORABA is an award winning mobile-game, which addresses the difficult question of Gender-based Violence (GbV). It has reached over 50,000 youth in the South African pilot program in partnership with VODACOM with empowering information.

As part of the Rockefeller Digital jobs initiative, Afroes developed JobHunt a game to educate highly skilled but disadvantaged youth on the availability of digital jobs.

Through their partnership with Games 4 Change and the Half the Sky movement, they were able to expand their mobiv8 network. As Afroes builds relevant content for the youth market, it sought creative approaches to overcome content distribution challenges and ensure adoption. Building on previous projects, Afroes has further developed the concept of community-based youth representatives for distribution and data-gathering. The Afroes Mobiv8 Network is a growing team of community-based sales reps who are contracted to ensure distribution of the mobile learning content in the greater community where they are based as well as to gather data and insights

Afroes also offers tailored content for a fee to companies and organizations eager to reach the youth market in an innovative and engaging way. This business-to-business model has been the main source of revenue to date. Another source of revenue has been in-game advertising. Apart from their revenue model above, Afroes is looking to raise external funds that will help the startup to scale.

“One of the main benefits of being part of the m:lab incubation program is the variety of resources available to us. Our business coach was specific to help us develop the long-term strategy for Afroes as well as developing multiple business models. Being an international company the challenges of developing a holistic business model was a challenge and what would work in Kenya wasn’t necessarily what would work in South Africa.” says Gathoni, Research and partnership associate Afroes

She continued to say that the m:lab community is a great resource and support system. We were able to develop the m:lab EdTech community – bringing together all the startups working in educational technology. This group was useful in helping us network and also test ideas. The tech startup scene in Kenya is very dynamic and as an organisation you have to be proactive and responsive to these changes.  Being part of the m:lab incubation program and community has helped us stay abreast of the issues at hand and also supported us in pivoting and re-adjusting our business model as necessary.

For more information about Afroes, visit their website www.afroes.com you can also follow them on twitter @afroesgames

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