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The Fomobi Team: (from Left to Right) Carolyne Muchai, Nelson Bore, Dickson Ng'ang'a, Joshua Okemwa and Jacob Mwema

m:lab By Jessica Colaço / July 15, 2011

Fomobi – m:lab Trainees Churn Out Mobile Apps Startup


Since March 1, 2011, the m:lab has been training the first wave of students on mobile application development. The training is facilitated by eMobilis working with the World Wide Web foundation, both of whom are m:lab consortium members. The World Wide Web Foundation contributes to building the curriculum, materials and structure of the training sessions as well as develop a repository of information for future entrepreneurs.

The students are about 2 months away from the end of their training program and a number of them are already engaged in entrepreneurial activities. This is as a direct result of application of the knowledge they have acquired coupled with their investment in the social capital from among the pool of trainees.

One of the startups resulting from the m:lab training is Fomobi.

The Fomobi Team: (from Left to Right) Carolyne Muchai, Nelson Bore, Dickson Ng'ang'a, Joshua Okemwa and Jacob Mwema

Fomobi was established by a team of 5 m:lab trainees and in a short time has churned out a number of mobile applications including:

  • M-tracker – A solution that adds value to the asset tracking industry by providing ease of navigation and real-time data for assets around the globe on basic phones
  • Smart-shopper – A mobile application that provides price comparison across stores prior purchasing
  • E-utility – An app tailored for the Ugandan market to enhance the process of revenue collection and cut costs for the utility providers while providing real-time and accurate data to the user.
  • Pal Project – A project management tool aimed at keeping members of a team in sync with each other as they work on different tasks of a project using milestones and notifications.
  • No-Cancer – No-Cancer provides facts, nutrition guide, expert take on various topics and cancer-survivors testimonials and advice in a bid to bridge the knowledge gap among Cancer patients.
  • KMS – The Fomobi Knowledge Management System is tailor made for NGOs, enabling them to present information in an easy to read way while allowing sharing, distribution, storage and analysis.

Fomobi builds its products on bulk-sms systems, mobile web, web platforms and USSD. They also engage in system design and implementation, ICT consultancy and training.

For more info, visit their website or email

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

  • fred kairu at 12:46:38PM Monday, July 18, 2011

    how does one get an opportunity to train there?? would be interested

  • Simeon Oriko at 12:33:37PM Tuesday, July 19, 2011

    A call we be made on the iHub blog later this year for applications to join the program.

  • Se-Mwami at 19:46:39PM Tuesday, August 2, 2011

    i also am interested in training there.

  • Calling for applications for second wave of mobile applications development training at m:lab East Africa | Mbugua Njihia - the mind of at 09:00:00AM Friday, August 19, 2011

    [...] through a grant from infoDev. Examples of achievements by the students include Fomobi – astartupcompanycreatedbyagroupofstudents. Throughout the program all the [...]


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