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Meet the 2020 MEST Africa Challenge Country Finalists

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MEST Africa has announced the finalists for the 2020 MEST Africa Challenge from Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sénégal, South Africa, and Tanzania.

MEST Africa this year selected 83 companies making the shortlist and out of those announced, the best out of each country will compete in a pitch competition for a chance to win $50,000 in equity investment, Microsoft support, access to coaching, and a continent-wide network of startup hubs.

Due to COVID-19, all of country pitch competitions will be virtual and entrepreneurs representing each finalist company will pitch their ventures to a panel of judges made up of experts, investors, and ecosystem partners from their respective countries.

The startups who participated in the Ethiopia Country Finals on June 3rd are QinashAlpha IT SolutionTemaribetYezareAcross Express PLC, iWork PLC, Yerras, Omniline IT Technology Solutions PLC, and Debo Engineering PlcDebo Engineering Plc emerged as the winner, the full competition recap can be found here.

On June 10th, MarketForceDawaSwiftSnark Health LimitedDawapayXetovaMango SolarSmart MatatuTIBUFundis LLC, and Nanasi will compete in the Kenya Country Finals.

The Startups who will be participating In the Côte d’Ivoire Country Finals on June 17th are Guanxi Investment Africa Handmade, Kissi, Tutoo+Ewarren Financial Services IncMoja RideVzion MediaAfrik’apps, and Panelys Cashwill.

In Rwanda, ExuusBAG InnovationRokkupCalmGeeks Inc.Shambapro Ltd, Bongalo Ltd, Moilla Ltd, WastezonKozzi Homes, and Grab Deal Limited will pitch on June 24th at the Rwanda Country Finals.

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On July 8th SmartClass Company LimitedNgwala Inventions LimitedFlamingoo Foods Company LtdKilimo Fresh Foods Africa LimitedDundiza, Kilimo Pay, A-TRADERCHAP FOOD LTDDinestle Technologies, Smartwash Company Limited will compete in the Tanzania Country Finals.

On July 1st, Soil SolutionsAleph EngineeringHenson Geodata TechnologiesSustainable Energy Technologies LimitedAcyst Technology CompanyStabusOniocha Ltd, EdTech Innovations Limited, Khalmax Robotics, and Aiscarecrow Technologies will compete in the Ghana Country Finals.

On July 15th, YotePesa WalletHoDi HoDiInsurisMousso Africa, and Sourcenets Limited will compete in the Sénégal Country Finals.

Startups participating in the Nigeria Country Finals on July 22nd are Social Lender, MOLI, TOJU, IderaOSSycamore Integrated Solutions Limited, Padimi.co, ScrapaysEduskoAt Your Service Technologies Ltd, and Gradely.

The startups who will be participating in the South Africa Country Finals on July 24th are My Pregnancy Journey, PopUp Shop ShopCowriexTimber WizardAutoAdvisor.co.zaMyBraaiAbby HealthDizzitUpCreative Nestlings, and Applied Vehicle Analysis.

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Haraka Haraka app to link customers with service providers

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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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A new App dubbed “Haraka Haraka” has today been unveiled in Kenya to help customers find the right service providers in their current location within a specified range of choice.

The platform was invented by three former Meru University of Science and technology students and with the app, they seek to make it easier for people to find services such as a plumber, retailers, shops and house agents that have been difficult to get physically.

The team, Mr Kelvin Muinde, Mr Pius Momanyi Nyachio and Mrs Naum Mutie said there are currently about 3,500 users who are potential clients and service providers on the platform who include carpenters, hairdressers, plumbers and mechanics, and more.

“We are taking away the burden of searching for experienced and reliable professional businesses in a hassle-free model to deliver critical services to individuals who are in need of their specific location,” said Pius Momanyi Nyachio who is the Marketing Manager.

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Mr Kelvin Muinde, who is the head of the project said the idea to start Haraka Haraka was initiated out of his observance of people having difficulty in finding a reliable service in an area that they are not well conversant with.

“The biggest challenge customers face is finding the right service providers at any area, mostly if you are not familiar, most people end up getting poor services that cost them time and resources,” he said.

To find any service or to register as a service provider, individuals are requested to first download the Haraka Haraka App on Google and register where later one can choose a range between 100m to 30km to find the service they are in need of.

The app also comes with an option of reviewing and rating a service provider which acts as an advantage to next service seekers enabling easy referrals to new clients.

‘’The registration to the app is free for both users and professionals,’’ said Mr Kelvin Muinde. The company’s aim is to hit 10,000 users by the end of this year. Ideally, they plan to have a maximum of 30,000 professionals on the platform.


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Balala wants investigation into alleged harassment at Ol Jogi launched – KBC

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Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala

Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has directed the Kenya Wildlife Service to commence investigations into the alleged harassment of a victim by private game ranchers at Ol Jogi Conservancy in Laikipia County.

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It is reported that the victim known as Mordecai Ogada in the company of his children was harassed on Saturday while driving on a public road in the conservancy.

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In a statement, Balala has asked for speedy investigations and findings to be concluded by Wednesday this week.

The CS added that no discriminations will be allowed to any Kenyan at any conservancy in the country.

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“The government of Kenya and my ministry will not condone any undue harassment or intimidation of Kenyans who are going about their normal businesses and enjoying their God given heritage by anyone,” said CS Balala.

He urged Kenyans to report any such incidents with facts for action to be taken.

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