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Paul Akwabi, Founder on TechKidzs

Give us a brief history of yourself?

My name is Paul Akwabi. I am the firstborn in a family of 4 boys. I was born and raised in Nairobi until the age of 9. My dad worked as a civil servant under the ministry of works and my mum stayed home to take care of us. My family did not have much, during our stay in Nairobi, we lived both in Kibera and Mathare slums. Things took a turn to the worst after my dad passed away and my mum was unable to take care of us. …


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Tell us about yourself?

My name is Solomon Odero, mostly I go by DJ Solo which is my stage name. I am the last born in a family of 7 kids. I grew up in a village called Wagusu in Siaya county. I went to Mbeka Primary school and then joined Maranda high school. After high school, I enrolled at the University of Nairobi where I did a degree in political science and sociology.

Did you always want to go into the entertainment industry?

I have always had a great love for music. After high school, I asked my parents if they could enroll me in a DJ school, they refused. According to them being a DJ was not an honorable profession. They wanted me to get a job with reliable paychecks, to be a doctor or lawyer. I gave in and did what they wanted. I agreed to join Nairobi University where I did a Bachelor of Arts in political science and sociology. After school, I worked in the foreign affairs ministry for a while. …


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Michelle Anyango Content Creator

Tell us about yourself, Michelle?

My name is Michelle Anyango. I am a second born in a family of 4 children. I was born in Nairobi then my parents moved to Mombasa a few years later, that is where I grew up. Fast forward to today, I am a lady who wears many hats however, at the moment the things that occupy my days is being a student, I am a final year student at Catholic university pursuing a degree in psychology, I am a content creator and I am also an author. A fun fact about me is that I have always been obsessed with Korean culture. I listen to Korean music, I teach myself how to read, write, and speak the Korean language. …


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Derrick Mutuma, Account manager at WorkPay

Let’s start by getting to know Derrick, describe yourself to us?

Derrick is someone who is very passionate about technology and appreciates what it does for the masses especially when it comes to solving problems. I am a workaholic, I also enjoy connecting with like-minded people, and listening to jazz and classical music. I grew up in Nairobi, and like most people who grew up in the city, I struggled to learn my mother tongue, and to date, I still can’t speak it fluently. I went to Makini school for my primary education and then joined Light academy for my highschool. For campus, I attended Nairobi university where I got a diploma in Philosophy and Kenya Methodist University where I got my diploma and B.A …


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Tell us about yourself, Abel?

The name is Abel Linyonyi, anyone who knows me will tell you that I am an extrovert but what they do not know is that I tend to be very bubbly in small groups but when I am in spaces with a lot of people I always digress to my corner. I was born in 1992 in Bungoma county in a small village called Tongaren. Later on, my parents moved to Garissa county and that is where I grew up. After high school, I joined one of the universities in Nairobi to do law but when I was in the second year I realized that the university was not certified by the Council of Legal Education and so I had to drop out. My parents were very angry with me at first and were unwilling to continue paying for my education. …


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Who is Conrad Omwenga?

Conrad Omwenga is a 22-year-old fourth-year student at Meru University currently pursuing a degree in bachelor of science in information technology. Growing up I have had the pleasure to live in different parts of the country. I was born in Kisii, raised in Migori county and I currently live in Meru. I am the second born in a family of 7 children. I have always been motivated to make money and that is how I ended up in the entrepreneurship path. I enjoy traveling, reading, and talking to people.

Describe your business to us, what exactly do you do?

We recently launched a company called Pap Kart. It is about a month old. We are a team of 3 and we all collaborated to build the Pap Kart platform. Pap Kart is an e-commerce platform that links vendors and customers. We are currently in our pilot phase where our target market is Meru and its environs which include; Meru town, Makutano, and Kemu. What inspired the idea of Pap Kart is that we identified a gap after Covid-19 hit the country March and people were forced to change their lifestyle completely and stay at home. This made it had for people to do their shopping. Pap Kart allows people to do their shopping in the comfort of their homes. …


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Describe your business to us?

I run a business called Tasty Artsy Cakes and Pastries, we are a baking company that bakes a variety of products ranging from cakes (wedding cakes, anniversary cakes, cupcakes), cookies, donuts, meat pies, etc. In addition to baking, we also do training for individuals who are interested in baking professionally or at home. We have been in business since February 2019.

What inspired the idea of Tasty Artsy Cakes and Pastries?

Let me start with what inspired the name, Tasty Artsy Cakes, and Pastries. Tasty stands for sweet. We bake delicious cakes and artsy is the art of the cake, we do not just bake sweet cakes, but we go out of our way to make them appealing to the eye. What inspired me to start a baking business is the fact that I have always been in love with the kitchen, I do not just cook for the sake of preparing a meal but rather I cook to enjoy that meal. I remember trying to make cakes using a Jiko but it would always backfire. …


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Please describe your business to us, what exactly do you do at Call-Main Hatchery?

We manufacture fully solar powered egg incubators to try and solve the challenge of food security in Kenya. Our incubators have the capacity to hatch 96 eggs at one go with a success rate of 90%. Our target customers are the small scale poultry farmers in the coastal region. We sell to them on a pay as you go basis. The one off cost of the solar powered egg incubator is Kshs. 140,000 but since they are not able to afford that, we allow them to pay in instalments: A deposit of Kshs. 7000 and daily instalments of Kshs. 130 for a period of 3 years. …


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Alex Mativo, Founder of Nanasi.

Alex Mativo began his entrepreneurship journey at the age of 19. Today, Alex has two companies under his belt E-lab, a company that makes the most beautiful artwork using electronic waste and Nanasi a global retail company that aims to make online shopping more social and frictionless.

Nanasi was one of the companies that were selected to pitch in this year’s Africa Mest challenge, an annual competition where the winners are awarded US$50000 in equity investment. …


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Tell us a little bit about yourself?

I am the CEO and co-founder of Fundis. I would describe myself as a collaborator, a creator of possibilities, and a catalyst for growth. I am keen on reading, I make sure to read at least 2 books in a week and I love football. Other than that I am busy building the company.

How long has your company been in operation and what inspired the idea of Fundis?

Fundis has been in operation for 2 years now, we celebrated our 2nd anniversary in May. Fundis is an app-based platform with over 1000 users. We are a team of 6 employees. The idea of Fundis came about in 2016 right after my graduation. I had friends working in construction companies at the time. They all complained that it was difficult to find skilled, reliable laborers to work in construction sites. My co-founder and I decided to come up with a platform that offers competent, vetted, and reliable casual workers. …

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