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m:lab By John Kieti / May 8, 2011

Invitation to apply for incubation at m:lab East Africa


Build-out of facilities for incubation, training and application testing at m:lab East Africa is scheduled for completion in mid May 2011. The lab is now taking applications to fill four of its business incubation slots. Application is open to start-up businesses with teams of 2 or more people. Applicants are required to demonstrate a strong inclination to mobile innovation. Successful companies will benefit from the facility’s subsidised infrastructure, facilitated access to markets and capital, privileged access to market research information among other services designed to help them grow into strong sustainable businesses. More information about the service offering is available on m:lab’s website.

Criteria for selection of applicants will include the start-up’s potential contribution to m:lab East Africa’s vision and strategic focus. This includes the start-ups potential contribution to making East Africa a global hub for mobile innovation. More so, successful applicants will be expected to rapidly grow out of incubation and to create quality jobs for regional populations in their contribution to East Africa’s social and economic development. More information about the main considerations for selection of applicants is available on m:lab’s website.

The online application process is accessible through the m:lab website. The process also uses the *iHub_ community infrastructure for information on team membership. Applicants can access the application form on the m:lab website using the credentials they have created on the iHub website.

m:lab East Africa is a Regional Mobile Applications Laboratory funded by a World Bank (Infodev) grant and hosted by the m:lab Consortium which won the bid in 2010 out of 39 applicants. The consortium consists of *iHub_, University of Nairobi, eMobilis and the World Wide Web Foundation. The lab is a pioneer initiative, being one of only 2 in Africa.

The lab aims to facilitate demand-driven innovation by local and regional entrepreneurs, ensuring that breakthrough low-cost, high-value mobile solutions can be developed and scaled-up into sustainable businesses that address social and economic needs. The facility’s services include business incubation, training, market research and application testing. The facility will also assist developers and entrepreneurs to access capital for scale up of their innovations as well as to access markets.

Other activities of the lab include creating code and knowledge repositories for developers and entrepreneurs to advance mobile innovation. PIVOT25 is also another activity of m:lab East Africa aimed at facilitating generation and competition for ideas to advance mobile innovation in the region.

The deadline for this call to apply for business incubation is 18th May 2011. Click here to begin the application process . Any queries on the application can be set to info <at>

Author : John Kieti

John Kieti is the Lead at m:lab East Africa. He is an exponent for mobile entrepreneurship and an experienced m4d professional. John is passionate about the growth of East Africa's knowledge economy. He holds an MBA and BSc in Computer Science. He also occasionally shares his thoughts about East Africa's knowledge economy on his blog -

  • Patrick at 17:48:28PM Sunday, May 8, 2011

    Amazingly, brilliant innovations.kindly keep it moving.

  • Kipruto Keter at 12:07:22PM Monday, May 9, 2011

    I am interested in taking part in m:lab’s programs. How do I apply?

  • fred kairu at 21:05:20PM Monday, May 9, 2011

    i would like to be included in your list of ‘incubees’ as we strive to grow technology in sub-saharan africa

  • Daniel Padwa at 10:31:30AM Wednesday, May 11, 2011


    We are ready to be part of you and to grow with you.


    Padwa Daniel

  • Daniel Padwa at 10:36:17AM Wednesday, May 11, 2011

    We have some conceptualized papers that have generated some interests from potential investors.
    We need to be part of m;lab and work on a joint way forward for actualization of the concepts.
    My technical partner Michael Asola will be readily available to offer a presentation of the concepts.

    Kind Regards

    Padwa Daniel

  • chris at 13:01:24PM Monday, August 22, 2011

    please send me an application form


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