Kenya: CCK cites 25mm Internet users in East Africa, m:lab East Africa partners with VC firm, Kipokezi Apps Challenge begins
Kenya continues to prove itself as an innovator and attractor of investment. Imagine if three events like these happen every day!
- The Communications Commission of Kenya now reports over 25 million Internet users in the region – up from 20 million in 2010. Odds are this number is even higher. We have to question if 99% of all subscriptions really are for mobile data/Internet plans, however. Still, the growth is mind-blowing. Let’s hope the 5 million new users are spending their time wisely. After all, the Internet is still a privilege and not yet a right.
- m:lab East Africa, a mobile innovation and entrepreneurship development hub, has signed a one-year partnership with an investment firm headquartered in Hong Kong. The hope is that m:lab will assist start-ups in the region with training and support services. Anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 will be available to the start-ups. The news, as reported by ITWeb, also notes two other VC firms with African interests.
- Aspiring African app developers will see their ideas launched to millions of mobile phone users in Kenya through a competition launched by ForgetMeNot Africa, Safaricom and iHub in Nairobi. The Kipokezi Apps Challenge encourages developers to create new network level mobile applications and games that are especially relevant to people in Kenya. Developers can use any programming language for their entry.