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iHub By Jimmy Gitonga / August 27, 2013

The iHub Jump Start Series

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There has been a request from the community in general that they need more business and soft skill training in order to augment the knowledge they have on the technical front.

From our PivotEast conference, we have partners who carry out trainings for  the startups in the competition. We have seen that it is important that we open up this process and the resources to the wider public. As Intel was a key sponsor of Pivot East, we would like to continue this partnership in ensuring that the winners (and startups who wish to participate in the future) know how to take their businesses to scale, beyond the limited time frame of the competition alone.

As iHub, we came up with a response and it is the Jump Start Series.

This will be a 2 day, 8 session “walk-through” event of what it takes to get your startup from minimum viable product to market traction ready for scaling, for the business and the product. We hope to be every quarter and to be spread across sectors, starting with the “tech” space first.

Every Jump Start event will be open to a maximum of 25 startups at a time, who have products and are on the journey, figuring out the next business moves. Each session will have an expert and a member from a startup that has passed through that actual phase that the session addresses.

The first one will be held on the 4th and 5th of September 2013.

There will be 4 sessions a day, with each session being one and half hours long.
Each speaker will have 45 minute to present, ideally 30 minutes to present and 15 mins for Q&A.

In addition, Intel will host a Developer Community Cocktail during Jump Start, in which there will be a showcase of what Intel is offering the local developer community, as well as how they can get involved with Intel to further enhance their products and services.

The sessions are:

Product Feature Development

The ideation process and testing the prototype. This will assume that Design thinking was implemented at the genesis of the product.

Expert: Conrad Akunga, INNOVA

StartUp: Dennis Ondeng’, Kopo Kopo

 

Business Model Development

What is the business model that works for start ups? Should one write out a business plan?

Expert: Stephen Gugu, Viktoria Solutions

StartUp: Nivi Mukherjee, eLimu Foundation

 

Copyright and IP ownership

Each startup will have to agree on ownership structures. If employees work and get paid, how does IP that is developed and can help the company get compensated if it is created “off” hours?

Expert: Robert Muthuri, Mboya Wangong’u & Waiyaki Advocates

StartUp: Chris Asego, ENEZA Education

 

Startup Funding

Boot straps, competitions, grants and venture capital.

Expert: Yaron Cohen, Viktoria Solutions

StartUp: Joel Macharia, Abacus

 

Company Structure and Incorporation

Who owns the company and how do you deal with other companies in joint product projects,based on the type of company incorporated?

Expert: Jacqueline Wanjiru, CFL Partners

StartUp: Martin Kasomo, LIPISHA

 

Accounting and Taxation

What is the exposure to tax for the business, directors and employees?

Expert: Francis Kinyua, CFL Advocates

StartUp: Brian Wangila, Skyline Design

 

Company and Product Branding

Differentiation between the company and the product. A lot of companies have names that cannot be registered and thus as developed  products.

Expert: Fady Rostom, ARK

StartUp: Susan Oguya, M-Farm

 

Pitching and Marketing

The pain, the solution and the value. The idea, the narrative and the campaign. The online and offline strategy.

Expert: Kwei Akuete, EACEP

Startup: Mbugua Njihia, Gruppo Potente

 

Below is the programme.

 

Day 1 – Time

Event

Speaker

8.30 – 9.00 am

Registration

9.00 – 9.45 am

Product Feature Development

Conrad Akunga

9.45 – 10.30 am

Dennis Ondeng’

10.30 – 11.00 am

Break

Tea and Coffee  ;-)

11.00 – 11.45 am

Business Model Development

Stephen Gugu

11.45 am – 12.30 pm

Nivi Mukherjee

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Lunch

Fork and Knife :-)

1.30 pm – 2.15 pm

Copyright and IP ownership

Robert Muthuri

2.15 pm – 3.00 pm

Chris Asego

3.00 – 3.30 pm

Break

Mandazi na Samosa :-D

3.30 – 4.15 pm

Startup Funding

Yaron Cohen

4.15 – 5.00 pm

Joel Macharia

5.30 – 8:00 pm

Intel Developer Community Cocktail

Intel

Day 2 – Time

Event

Speaker

9.00 – 9.45 am

Accounting and Taxation

Francis Kinyua

9.45 – 10.30 am

Michael Pedersen

10.30 – 11.00 am

Break

Tea and Coffee ;-)

11.00 – 11.45 am

Company and Product Branding

Fady Rostrom

11.45 am – 12.30 pm

Susan Oguya

12.30 pm – 1.30 pm

Lunch

Fork and Knife :-)

1.30 pm – 2.15 pm

Pitching and Marketing

Kwei Akuete

2.15 pm – 3.00 pm

Brian Wangila

3.00 – 3.30 pm

Break

Mandazi na Samosa :-D

3.30 – 4.15 pm

Company Structure and Incorporation

Jacqueline Wangui

4.15 – 5.00 pm

Martin Kasomo

We will do something different this time. We want to ascertain commitment from our community because first-come-first-serve might lock out guys who really need this session.

So sign up here at Eventbrite. An email will be sent to you with confirmation of registration and with a link to the payment page. In case this process has issues, we will send an email to for you to confirm attendance and payment at the door.

Once a person is registered and their deposit processed, you are in.

We will GIVE BACK the Kshs. 2,500/= per startup on Wednesday evening to the startups whose members came for ALL the sessions.

Come and get your Jump Start at iHub.

 

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Author : Jimmy Gitonga

Jimmy is a founding member of the ARK, a design house that developed the Zuku brand for Wananchi and designed the iHub space. He is a member of the Planet Rackus crew, who were winners at Pivot East 2012 in the entertainment category, as well as the overall competition winners with their Ma3Racer mobile game. He was the founding Lead for the iHub Cluster. At iHub he now has the title, "Hype Master"


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