Zidicircle and TheBHub have launched an international incubation programme in Kenya dubbed as the International Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (IEB) programme that emanates from Zidi’s semi-annual diaspora entrepreneurship Bootcamp (DEB).
DEB is an incubation programme that has been supporting diaspora, and diverse founders, into launching businesses in the Netherlands internationally or in their African country of origin.
“We want the Kenyan startups, scaleups and SMEs to open up their horizons and access a global incubation programme with top-notch facilitators and the benefits of collaborating with diaspora who bring a wealth of experience across sectors either as business partners, team members, mentors, global markets entry focal points or investors,” says Fridah Ntarangwi, Zidicircle Founding & Managing Partner.
On the other hand, TheBHub has been supporting startups and SMEs with software development, product development and information technology services. Diaspora Startups incubated by Zidicircle have wasted time trying to identify the right developers or Software Engineers. The BHUB closes this gap as a technology partner.
According to TheBHub’s founder Granville, “The gap in the market is not having adequate Developers or Software Engineers but having quality products and services being supported by the right business models that are sustainable and resilient. That’s why we joined forces with Zidicircle to ensure that our startups are guided towards achieving innovative business models that can survive the turbulent times and competition.”
Nairobi is becoming the next Delhi when it comes to outsourcing technology to the west, and this partnership has happened at the perfect time as it provides an opportunity to tap into this as well as BHUB’s experienced teams to develop product prototypes and Minimum viable Products on better and flexible credit terms.
This partnership is founded on a common goal to reduce the rate at which early-stage startups collapse otherwise known as the Startup Valley of Death.
Participants joining the 6-months Programme access a blended package of 10 modules of business training, 4-months mentorship by experienced industry professionals, monthly group coaching sessions, fast-tracked fundraising, a chance to be matched with diaspora entrepreneurs/investors and exposure to a rich commercial network.
They also get a Demo day, where they pitch to both national, diaspora and international potential partners, investors, and clients. Pitch winners get up to $5000 in investments and other incentives from our partners.
“We don’t really want to help build the next business, but innovative businesses that can withstand the test of our century. The next big companies in Sustainable Manufacturing, the next Tech Giants, the next Green Economy businesses, the next big companies in the social economy; that’s how pragmatic we are and technology will remain at the heart of it all,” share Fridah & Granville.
Zidicircle our members in Karen are a financial advisory, business coaching and monitoring firm supporting diaspora entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Africa by facilitating business training, incubation, mentorship, funding and B2B partnerships.
Some of Zidi’s programmes include the Semi-annual Diaspora Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, Zidi diaspora/African SMEs matchmaking and the Zidi Diaspora Fund that is actively raising and investing in Diaspora and SMEs in Africa.
Zidi has been recognized by the European Union’s Emen Project as one of the best migrant-led initiatives that promote inclusive entrepreneurship. So far, Zidi has supported diaspora startups and SMEs from Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Trinidad Tobago, Eritrea, Rwanda, Lebanon, and Syria.
On the other hand, The BHub, former members in Kilimani are a startup centric-agile Software Development and Technical Staff Augmentation company with deep expertise in Product Design and Modern Application Development.
The Bhub currently has over 300 Experienced Member Software Engineers, Product designers and Data Scientists currently supporting over 100 tech Start-ups and SMEs across Africa and Europe.
Founded on the mission to accelerate innovation for start-ups and SMEs in Africa, The Bhub has focused on addressing one of the biggest barriers to innovation for start-ups which is the high cost that comes with engaging experienced Software Engineers.
With The Bhub’s Startup Innovation Program start-ups have been able to access top talent as well as Web and Mobile Development Services on credit, it is through this program that remarkable start-ups such as KAZI(a non-demand service platform connecting gig workers with customers in real-time with now over 7,000 workers) came to be.