Starting a business in Nairobi can be a daunting task – starting by yourself can make it even harder. That’s why coworking works so well in the entrepreneurial world. By networking and learning from others with similar interests, you will be able to learn and grow to make your dreams a reality.
Here’s just some of the new members we are welcoming to the NG Family this month.
altAfrica is a news and research publication which provides readers with daily content on business and investment news in Middle Africa: the area South of the Sahara and North of South Africa. They also cover news in Southern and Northern Africa focusing on topics that discuss Private Equity and Venture Capital, Investments (e.g. IPOs, equity stake purchases) as well as Mergers and Acquisitions.
CLASP is an impartial and independent nonprofit organization, established to mitigate the growing energy demand resulting from the use of appliances, lighting, and equipment. Working hand-in-hand with policymakers, governments, technical experts, industry, funding organizations, consumers and consumer groups to improve the performance of the appliances and related systems we use every day.
EFL first pioneered psychometric credit scoring through research at the Harvard Center for International Development. They now work with leading financial institutions across Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe. Through their partnerships, they enable lenders to safely approve more people globally.
Since frontier market capital markets are developing rapidly, Frontera Capital focuses on matching the international investors with domestic funding needs in emerging markets, in terms of the principal components of the value chain – originating, structuring and distributing frontier market risk transactions. Frontera Capital focuses on infrastructure project finance and hard asset financing, such as real estate funding.
GIZ works together local and international partners to improve access to safe water and health care services, especially for the poor and members of the informal sector. In agriculture, GIZ activities focus on innovation to increase employment, food security and drought resilience. A new priority area is technical and vocational education and training for young people, to equip them with appropriate skills to meet the demands of the labour market, especially the private sector.
Other areas of support include renewable energy, good governance with a focus on combating corruption, peace-building and migration management. GIZ also provides support to refugees and host communities. Various regional programmes are also being implemented in the areas of environment, as well as sports as a means of development.
Kountable is a multinational technology and trading company headquartered in San Francisco, USA, with corporate entities in Grand Cayman and Mauritius, and additional offices in Kigali, Rwanda and Nairobi, Kenya. They began their mission to turn social capital into financial capital for small entrepreneurs underserved by conventional banking. It has since then evolved into an end-to-end global trading platform that multiplies the unique capabilities of global small and medium enterprises who have been traditionally marginalized in the global supply chain.
Paukwa House celebrates positive people, products and platforms of Kenya. They shine the spotlight on the everyday builders of the nation. Every day ordinary Kenyans are pushing this great nation forward. These are ordinary people doing seemingly ordinary things, yet they are the ones who build our nation each day through their tenacity, hard work, positive attitude and their search for excellence.
Ugogo was founded by Lisa who inspired by her grandmother. “Ugogo” means grandmother in both Zulu and Ndebele. Lisa watched how her grandmother created and sold her crafts, and she saw an opportunity to widen her grandmother’s marketplace by taking it online. This presented two challenges: her grandmother had no bank account and the poor infrastructure in Zimbabwe made the delivery of low-value goods impossible. So, Lisa began the journey to create Ugogo, a place where local artisans can overcome these obstacles and sell their goods online.
Yellow Door Energy invests in and operates distributed solar and energy efficiency infrastructure. Their business model means that their interests are aligned with their customer’s, whether it is your company or the local utility. As expert investors and operators, they take on the risks involved in executing and managing a solar power plant, ensuring their plants are running as efficiently as possible.
Amongst these new members are also WTS International, SUNU Capital, Matter Mark and Digi Food.
Do you want to work amongst some of the most passionate and creative entrepreneurs in Kenya? Have a look at our Desk Plans to see which one suits your needs.