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    Endeavor Kenya Unveils Inaugural Cohort of Entrepreneurs for ScaleUp Program

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    Endeavor Kenya has announced the first cohort of entrepreneurs selected for its Endeavor ScaleUp Program, an initiative designed to provide crucial support to high-growth start-ups. The program aims to offer selected ventures the necessary network and resources to navigate their journey towards scalability successfully.

    Over the next six to twelve months, the ten entrepreneurs chosen for the ScaleUp Program will benefit from the Endeavor ScaleUp methodology. This approach includes access to expert mentors, immersive business development training, fundraising support, and a robust peer network of accomplished entrepreneurs who have successfully built and managed businesses.

    The selected entrepreneurs for the Endeavor Kenya ScaleUp program are a diverse group representing various sectors:

    1. Ms. June Odongo, Founder, Senga
    2. Ms. Hilda Moraa, Founder, Pezesha
    3. Ms. Rebecca Harrison, Founder, African Management Institute
    4. Ms. Sonia Kabra, Co-Founder, BuuPass
    5. Mr. Wyclife Omondi, Co-Founder, BuuPass
    6. Mr. George Jabesh, Co-Founder, Nakama Tech
    7. Mr. Wilfred Chege, Co-Founder, ZenDawa
    8. Mr. Japheth Dibo, Founder, Dial Afrika
    9. Mr. Javin Hutchinson, Founder, Satao
    10. Mr. Anteneh Tesfaye, Founder, Shega

    Speaking on the occasion, Endeavor Kenya Managing Director, Ms. Maryanne Ochola, highlighted the significance of the ScaleUp program. She expressed the program’s vision, emphasizing its role in propelling these start-ups towards becoming the next generation of Endeavor Entrepreneurs.

    “The Endeavor ScaleUp program is crucial for companies in the growth stage. The program will offer the selected entrepreneurs invaluable benefits by providing access to targeted training and development opportunities, focusing on leadership skills, business strategies, and innovative technology,” said Ms. Ochola. “They will have a chance to interact with experienced entrepreneurs who will help accelerate their entrepreneurial journey even as they advance to the next stage of their business growth.”

    The Endeavor ScaleUp Program is a non-dilutive initiative spanning six to twelve months, offering a fast-track route to becoming a potential Endeavor Entrepreneur. The program involves one-to-one mentoring sessions with experienced entrepreneurs and mentors within the Endeavor Kenya network.

    The inaugural cohort comprises ten founders leading tech-enabled businesses with viable products or services demonstrating over 50% year-on-year growth. Each entrepreneur and their respective enterprises bring unique strengths and innovations to the table:

    Nakama-Tech

    • Founder: Mr. George Jabesh
    • Nakama-Tech offers innovative business solutions focusing on customer satisfaction, retention, and sales. Their versatile Omnichannel software ensures scalability and inclusivity by connecting diverse groups to employment opportunities.

    ZenDawa

    • Co-Founder: Wilfred Chege
    • ZenDawa is revolutionizing the pharmacy industry with a comprehensive B2B SaaS platform, empowering pharmacies with Tele-pharmacy services, management tools, and embedded finance solutions.

    AMI (African Management Initiative)

    • Founder: Rebecca Harrison
    • AMI empowers African businesses with practical tools and training, facilitating skill development for entrepreneurs and their teams through diagnostics and accessible online content.

    Senga

    • Founder: June Odongo
    • Senga transforms logistics and supply chains for Africa’s formal retail sector through their SengaOS platform, enhancing efficiency, reducing delivery times, and automating manual processes.

    Dial Afrika

    • Founder: Japheth Dibo
    • Dial Afrika addresses communication challenges for African SMBs with Bonga, a comprehensive B2B SaaS Omni-Channel Customer Support Tool, enabling seamless communication between businesses and customers.

    Satao

    • Founder: Javin Hutchinson
    • Satao enhances sustainability by creating innovative solutions rooted in agriculture, initially focusing on the bakery segment. Their technologies accelerate baking processes, contributing to a healthier African diet while promoting sustainability.

    BuuPass

    • Founders: Sonia Kabra and Wycliffe Omondi
    • BuuPass is reshaping Africa’s long-distance transport market with a comprehensive digital marketplace, digitizing operations and enhancing accessibility and convenience for travelers.

    Pezesha

    • Founder: Hilda Moraa
    • Pezesha drives financial inclusion in Africa by connecting SMEs with working capital through a collaborative digital platform, promoting meaningful financial inclusion and reducing inequalities.

    Shega

    • Founder: Anteneh Tesfaye
    • Shega empowers companies with actionable insights through curated data and intelligence, focusing on emerging markets and the financial sector.

    The unveiling of this inaugural cohort marks a significant milestone in Endeavor Kenya’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and innovation in the region. As these ventures embark on their ScaleUp journey, the anticipation is high for the transformative impact they will have on their respective industries and the broader business landscape.

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