KONZA: Africa’s Silicon Savannah

emerging market startups KonzaSitting on a 2,000 hectare piece of land, Konza Technology City, 60km south of the Nairobi business district, is set to create a moderninclusive and sustainable Kenya. In a country home to some of the world’s most innovative technology companies, like Mpesa (M for mobile, pesa is Swahili for money), Ushahidi (Swahili for testimony), and M-farm, it is without any doubt turning Kenya into the premier ICT destination in Africa.

Kenya is already one of the most developed and stable African nations and is considered to be one of the world’s new high-growth economies. There is also a buzzing startup scene within the country, which suggests investor confidence is on a sharp rise.

A large number of mobile and web startups churned out products and services, but mostly pitched during the numerous tech events held last year, some of which included IPO48, a 48-hour long bootcamp; pivotEast (formerly pivot25), a consortium that is encourage mobile development; andAITEC, an organization that supports the ICT community in Kenya.  It is safe to say the country is NOT short of young and brilliant entrepreneurial minds.

The lack of experience, adequate resources, and knowledge of how to build a large and profitable business contributes to startup failures. For these reasons, incubators have been set up all over the city to nurture some of the country’s most promising and innovative ideas and help them scale to maturity.

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