Three Kenyan start-ups and an Israeli start-up will pilot their innovations at the futuristic Konza Technopolis with the aim of providing solutions for an estimated 30,000 residents and investors.
The start-ups emerged winners at the recent Konza Innovation Challenge 2021 which seeks smart solutions providers for the expected smart city.
The start-ups are Personal Watchguard (intelligent asset management), Ekraal Hub (smart parking management) and H-Pass (access management) from Kenya and Step-Hear (assistive accessibility technology) from Israel. The Israeli start-up focuses on traffic management.
The Innovation Challenge attracted 99 nominations from Kenya and four from Israel and was jointly hosted by the Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) and Embassy of Israel in Kenya.
ICT, Innovation and Youth Affairs Cabinet Secretary for Joe Mucheru noted that the innovations could be implemented in the rest of the country when successful.
“This is exciting and historic moment in the sector as we are accelerating development by having homegrown solutions to deal with our challenges. As a government, we are glad that today’s innovations will be piloted here at the Technopolis,” said CS Mucheru.
The government has programs and policies such as the National ICT Master Plan, the Constituency Innovation Hubs (CIHs) and the National Broad Band Policy which innovators can use to develop more solutions for the country.
According to African Tech Start-ups Funding Report 2020, Kenyan tech start-ups raised a record amount of funding in 2020, securing a combined total of KES 19.1 billion.
Israel Ambassador to Kenya Oded Joseph promised Israel’s continued support towards various initiatives in the country.
Israel is among the leading countries in the world with the highest density of start-up companies with about one start-up for every 2,000 people.