Aiducation Startups

The following is the complete list of startups supported by the startup fund:

 

 

 

 

 

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Number Start-up Name AiduAlumnus/ AiduAlumna and current role 1 sentence summary USPs Founding year Supported since Investment (CHF) current revenue (KES) number of jobs created profitable (yes or no) main achievements/ main current challenges link to pictures or blog and media article(s) link to website or social media traffic light color/ current standing (Mar 2018)
1 Tomato Splash Darleen Ongwena, CEO Splash Tomato Farm provides locally produced high quality tomatoes and other vegetables year round.
  • locally produced (no transport costs)
2014 2014 7,315 0 1 no

Achievements:

  • Entrepreneur has overcome severe setbacks (steeling of harvests, change of location, floods in Nov 2015 that forced her to start all over again) and developed professionally tremendously. Bought, fenced, and cleared the land. Restarting.

Challenges:

  • Floods affected most farms which makes it hard to get tomatoes from other farmers
2016 Blog Article   closed down
2 Churchill's Choice Rachael Sidi, CEO, under care of Jeremiah Kambi Churchill's Choice reduces dependency of fish vendors from fishermen by selling fish produced in fish ponds.   2014 2014 10,829 3'500 0 no

Achievements:

  • Fish Pond structures were put up completely and fish cultivated.

Challenges:

  • The project is currently in Semi-dormant stage and we are looking for a new team. We are experimenting with new fish species.
2015 Blog Article   closed down
3 SmartFarm Lynda Kalu, CEO Smart Farm is a pig farm that rears and sells pigs.
  • Ethically rared pigs
  • Cheaper Price
2015 2015 18,000 0 1 no

Achievements:

  • Currently 19 pigs and 2 sows pregnant

Challenges:

  • currently not profitable

2016 Blog Article

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4 Fruit and Vegetab Parlor Wacharo Faith Mwakidedela, CEO The Fruit and Vegetable Parlour is producing and selling healthy and nutritional juices.
  • Raw diet
2015 2015 11,595 0 0 no

Achievements:

  • Grand opening took place. Sensitized public on the importance of healthy eating. First entrepreneurial experiences collected.

Challenges:

  • Couldn't start delivery due to necessary permits for certain buildings, business was not profitable and needs to be relocated to Malindi.
2016 Blog Article   closed down
5 Crosstown Courier Jimmy Tune, CEO Providing deliveries by bicycle means in the city leading the way for green entrepreneurship.
  • Speed: A bicycle can use paths in the city to rush deliveries hence cannot be held in the traffic jam.
  • Eco: The bicycle is an environmental friendly means.
2014 2015 9,502 288'625 13 no

Achievements:

  • Profitable. Shortlisted among Africa promising start-ups by the Tony Elumelu foundation.
  • officially incubated at the ilab in Strathmore

Challenges:

  • corona disruption. re-strategizing crosstown model to fit the current business development
  • currently not profitable
2015 Blog Article, 2017 Blog Article, Tuko Article, Techmoran Article Facebook green
6 Chanya Farm Foods Mary Chanya, CEO Chanya Farm Foods is a crop farming project currently focussing on bean and maize.
  • high yields due to very fertile land.
2015 2015 2,463 0 0 no

Business failed after some funds were invested outside her business and some clients didn't pay for products received.

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7 Omaka Meat Entreprise Julloh Omar, CEO Omaka Meat Entreprise is a butchery in Mombasa.
  • special customer focus
2015 2015 7,326 0 0 no Achievements:
  • bought new fridge
Challenges:
  • closed down as Julloh relocated to Yemen
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8 Taste Afrique Co.Ltd : Chibundiro Gift Pola, Vice-CEO,CO-Founder Creating and promoting great-tasting and healthier products from nature's best.

 

  • highest quality
  • first-ever product of its kind with nutritional value from a blend of different natural spices

 

2014 2016 5,245 602'302 8 no Achievements:
  • cookoff competition on Social Media
Challenges:
  • disrupted growth pattern during pandemic
2016 Blog Article 2017 Blog Article www.chibundiro.com
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9 Technet Emmanuel Mbungu, CEO Provider of dynamic and affordable websites for local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Kenya. We also develop mobile applications for individuals and businesses.
  • Prize: We deliver better services at an affordable rate.
2015 2015 4,804 105'000 4 no Achievements:
  • business not back to normal but starts to pick up
Challenges:
  • currently not profitable
2016 Blog Article www.technetkenya.co.ke
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10 Safari Farm Eddie Kono, CEO

Growing of maize and beans and supply for sustainable development and hunger reduction in Kilifi county and beyond through irrigation.

  • use of bronchures & social marketing
  • sales person visiting the target markets (schools, hospitals, and local people)
  • taking the produce to retailers by cash on delivery
2015 2015 4,940 0 0 no Achievements:
  • I acquired my own land instead of using the family land
  • trying to turn around the business
Challenges:
  • reporting transparently
  • lost some money on side projects
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11 Malindi Cornerstone Academy Julius Fondo, CEO A private Primary School offering quality ecation at an affordable price.
  • quality primary education
2014 2016 3,608 4,700 6 no Achievements:
  • school aquired a plot 1.5ha
Challenges:
  • shut down due to corvid-19
2016 Blog Article   red
12 The Backyard Kuku Ranch Simon Rick, CEO A chicken farm.
  • quality chicken products
2015 2017 3,666 0 0 no Achievements:
  • lower operating costs
  • partnered with Viladis
Challenges:
  • reduced demand
    closed down
13 Small Umbrella Projects different small projects different small projects different 2017 2017 3,008 0 0 no different small projects      
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Collins Suva, CEO design and print business cards, brochures, banners, t-shirts, and similar products. They also offer copy, binding and lamination services.
  • reliable b2b company with existing clients
2017 2017 4,791 258'000 3 no Achievements:
  • registered new limited company successfully

  • growth in revenue

Challenges:
  • currently not profitable
2018 Blog Article   green
15 Msafiri Luggage Store Wesley Kipsabok, CEO providing short-term luggage storage services in the Nairobi CBD to be developed 2017 2017 5,500 0 0 no Achievements:
  • registered company
Challenges:
  • premises are too expensive
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16 Kisochi Finishing Services Emmanuel Kisochi CEO providing finishing services to local tailors in Kaloleni an expensive finishing machine 2017 2017 3,633 19'855 1 yes Achievements:
  • increased revenue
Challenges:
  • Few tailoring activities during the low season

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17 Merime Entreprise Andrew Sikudhani, CEO providing water and fresh quality vegetables to the community a water tank 2017 2017 3,045 0 0 no Achievements:
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Challenges:
  • Currently very low sales
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18 SephrinArt Peter Safari, CEO an online art gallery focus on African art 2017 2017 4,260 0 1 no Achievements:
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Challenges:

  • currently not profitable (corona effects the art world)
2018 Blog Article www.sephrinart.com
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19 Renovatio Brand House James Mwangi, CEO a branding company to be developed 2018 2018 952


13'500

1 yes Achievements:
  • a rise in revenue, brought about by the boost of grant that helped keep the business running during this pandemic
Challenges:
  • reduction in profit due to a client misunderstanding

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20 Mushroom Farm Susan Khaemba, CEO Mushroom Farm   2018 2018 3,525 33'000 1 no Achievements:
  • -
Challenges:
  • -
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21 Green Garnet Groceries Sora Mudha, CEO a food logistic company focus on Northern Kenya where access to some quality food is limited 2018 2018 5,481 33'000 1 no Achievements:
  • -
Challenges:
  • -
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22 Gawe Health Centre Joseph Baya, CEO a health centre focus on Maldini Airport area where coverage is minimal 2018 2018 5,551 24'000 2 no Achievements:
  • slight increase of revenue from July
Challenges:
  • More interference from the authorities

2019 Blog Article   orange