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Uncategorized By Jessica Colaço / August 8, 2011

IPO48 in Nairobi again with 2.5 million KShs. investment!


IPO48 is a totally new concept to connect the tech crowd in Kenya. The idea is to bring together 100 talented and ambitious programmers, designers and visionary entrepreneurs to create new cool mobile and web services in just 48 hours. This time with a guaranteed investment of  2.5 million KShs. from the IPO48 investors.

The second Nairobi edition (the first took place in October 2010) has experienced a boost in the participant numbers of all levels – almost 90 startups wanted to enter the competition, over 200 people applied for the competition and circa 100 Rainmakers engaged in the feedback and pledging of a virtual currency into the competing startups. All in all, 13 startups followed to the final event with 18 on-site mentors present from US, Spain, Estonia, South-Africa, Denmark and Kenya.

The energy that flows around at IPO48, can be sensed also on-line – keeping an eye on the startups both before and during the actual event.

IPO48 Nairobi also has interesting things planned for selected participants after the event, two intensive workshop days, the 16th and 17th (Tuesday and Wednesday) of August, by Quartz+Co.

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:

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