Welcome!
Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches, the event continues through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, culminating in Sunday night demos and presentations.

Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurs. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education.

Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.
Learn, Network, Startup
Event Organisers
Favour Ruhiu
Favour is a 4th year student at Strathmore University studying marketing and entrepreneurship and commencing CIM level four. He is the Chairman of Mwachaka Group Limited, and the COO of Afretail Limited. He is also the business development Director at Soofa Pay Limited, and sits on the board of HiLight Technologies, Jet Stream Impact, Utamu (Clothing) as well as growing several start-ups.

He has experience in Business Development, Strategy, Marketing, and Analytics, as well as
Blockchain Technology, IOT, Manufacturing and some exposure in agriculture. He has a passion for impactful, innovation, and entrepreneurship for a greater Kenya and Africa.
Stephanie Kampire
Stephanie Kampire is a student, a leader and an entrepreneur. A 3rd year student at Daystar University pursuing a bachelor's degree in Communications ,Public Relations, a co-founder of an online based shop in Uganda and Kenya called the Afroshop. I am currently doing an internship at Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nairobi County under the communications department. I have so many roles as a leader in the different places and communities I have been part of. Skilled as a graphic designer, a public speaker, creative innovation, marketer and writer.
Morgan Koikai Ole-Letina
Letina is a 3rd year B.Sc. Telecommunications & Information System Security student (BSc.TISS) at Strathmore University with a keen interest trending technology in Robotics, 3D Printing and Computer Numerical Control (CnC).
Jesse Githua
Facilitator
Jesse Githua is a technology enthusiast who wears several hats. He is the Managing Director of Pong Agencies Ltd., a leading ICT systems solutions company in East Africa. He is also the Chief Executive Officer of Cosmos Trading Company Ltd, a construction company. He is passionate about technology and how it can support and showcase Africa's creativity, strength and solutions.

Jesse is a director at the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI)-Nairobi and Chair of the Youth Committee.

He has hands-on experience in business development, operations, finance, and people management.

He holds a Masters in International Financial Services from the University of Buckingham (UK), Bachelor of Commerce from the Catholic University Of Eastern Africa (Kenya) and Alumni of the Strathmore Business School.
Mentors
Selected by the organising team to help you throughout the weekend
Ananath Gudipati
Ananth Gudipati is the founder of SUKHIBA/10Agrow Technologies, a social commerce start-up helping rural communities in Kenya access agriculture inputs and daily essentials at low prices. He was previously the global product lead at World Food Program. At WFP, he was leading the development and scaleup of Farm2Go and Farm to Market Alliance across more than 20 countries globally. Ananth Gudipati has been engaged in the Agriculture sector for more than a decade and has deep experience in agriculture supply chains and ICT for Agriculture in South Asia and Africa. He also co-founded Coolify- a mobile enabled micro cold storage firm in South Asia and advises iprotech- an IOT firm for aquaculture farmers. Previously, Ananth was a strategy consultant and had stints with TechnoServe and Dalberg consulting, leading their agriculture and SME projects. Ananth also worked on the Stanford University-RDVP led "Computer on Wheels" project and was responsible for launching multiple ICT based information modules including localized agriculture price data portals in India. He has done his MPA from Harvard University and was a gold medallist at School of Rural Management for his MBA-Rural Management. He also did his Telecommunication Engineering from Visveswaraya University
Jack Mwangi
Jack is a Consultant at Open Capital, a management consulting and financial advisory firm founded in 2010 to support high potential businesses, investors, development partners and, the public sector to deliver impactful solutions across Sub-Saharan Africa. At Open Capital, he has supported a diverse portfolio of clients in multiple sectors including energy, healthcare, and agriculture across Sub-Saharan Africa including Cameroon, Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya. He is passionate about solving global challenges at the intersection of technology and economic development. Since 2020, he has been serving as an Ambassador for Meaningful Business at the Meaningful Business Network, a global community of leaders who are combining profit and purpose to help achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The organization champions for the co-existence of people, purpose, and planet alongside profit. He holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Financial Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT) and loves cycling, photograph,y and travelling.
Eunice Kilonzo
Eunice Kilonzo is a Communications and (Social) Media Specialist currently a Manager, Content Generation at Safaricom PLC. Her immediate former role was with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) HQ in Nairobi, Kenya as a Social Media and Content Consultant.
Eunice has extensive hands-on experience in organizational communications and media management across a range of sectors: health, science, environment, technology, financial services and development. Her expertise includes multimedia editorial development, stakeholder management, internal communications, social media and digital publishing.
She is fascinated with newer forms of storytelling and content creation, generation and sharing.
Beyond writing she's creates a monthly video series, #KalundeLearns, an online storytelling platform for creators. The monthly video series affords you a front-row seat to learn how people have turned their passion into a lifestyle and a living.
In her free time, she likes to work with people to review their CVs and cover letters.
Stephanie Nekesa
Stephanie is a programming specialist and data enthusiast who helps civic and data tech companies and journalists incorporate data-driven decisions and stories into their careers and everyday lives. She has been a part of successful projects such as the recently concluded Pandemic Poachers Investigation and Human Trafficking Dossier in collaboration with Code for Africa and InfoNile. Stephanie's extensive passions also spread across the programming needs and participatory engagement of youth and young people across various industries.

Before joining the civic tech and data space, Stephanie worked for 5 years as a youth programming specialist and Design Consultant for various non-governmental organisations where she led strategy operational teams globally. After a successful career helping non-governmental organisations achieve social impact in the developing world, Stephanie now leads her own initiatives and young organisations across the policy and Agritech space. She leads the partnerships department at Policy Act Initiative and has founded Rurall Farming (a young Agritech company). Extensively, her legal background has also seen her advise and consult for organisations across the IP and IT law sectors. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys mentoring and training young entrepreneurial mindsets to build their own social impact projects.

Stephanie holds an LLB from Strathmore University and is an incoming MSc in International Public Policy Candidate at QMUL.
Kiptoo Magutt
Kiptoo Magutt is the Co-Founder and CEO of Twende Mobility , a logistics company with the mission to empower mobility and logistics in Africa by enabling people to connect and equipping operators with the tools required to move their businesses forward.

He is a software developer with a primary interest in mobile technologies and high impact ventures. He has experience working with Aljazeera media network, Spreecast, SevOnce Inc, M9Profesa, Duma and the Princeton Edge Lab
Shimanyi Valentino
Shimanyi is an experienced Software Engineer with extensive knowledge in computing principles. He brings leadership, drive and over 8 years of experience in designing and developing global-scale software systems with international clients such as UNICEF and World Vision.
Solomon Kinyua
Solomon Kinyua is inspired by small ideas that create an enormous impact in the community.

He is the founder and COO of Skuli a subscription-based ride-hailing solution for school-going children. Their goal is to bring school bus transportation to all kids providing a gateway to communicate the safety of kids through technology and making life easier with affordable, convenient and reliable school
Christine Namara
Namara is currently a Venture Partner at The Baobab Network, she spends her days immersing herself in the tech ecosystem on the continent. She has upward of 8 years start-up experience having started off as a bit of a generalist and finally as a product manager both at Africas's Talking and Sendy Ltd – 2 of Kenya's notable high growth tech start-ups.

She is keen to provide any support to founders across the continent and see a lot more start-ups succeed.
Karanja Meru
Karanja an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya, and a Partner at Meru and Njagi Advocates law firm is based in Nairobi, Kenya and focuses its efforts on: Commercial and Corporate law, Conveyancing and Real Estate, Fintech, Technology Law, Litigation, ADR and Mediation and Intellectual Property Law
Mary Ndinda
With over 10 years experience in different sectors handling finance matters , I am passionate about innovations and startups. Always eager to help entrepreneurs make perspective of the numbers from business plans, cashflows, budgets and any aspect numbers.
Collins Kyanda
CEO at Kyanda, a Kenyan Fintech startup that offers Digital Financial Services to both Businesses; SMEs and common Mwananchi (Citizen). Through Payment aggregation partnerships with Banks, Telcos, Utility and Financial institutions, Kyanda offers Utility payments, Airtime Services, Bill payment and Money Transfer Services locally and international. The same is offered to Businesses through one Powerful API Gateway.

Collins is a Software Engineer, Award-winning Entrepreneur, and he's always eager to connect with other Professionals in to build high impact mobile engagement solutions.
Mary Ndinda
With over 10 years of experience in different sectors handling financial matters, I am passionate about innovations and startups. Always eager to help entrepreneurs make a perspective of the numbers from business plans, cashflows, budgets and any aspect numbers.
Mike Karanja
Data Scientist experienced in building end to end machine learning pipelines in python- from data cleaning/preprocessing to model development, to production APIs, all aimed at solving real world problems
Judges
Pooja Munshi
After spending years working on global brands like Nike, Möet Hennessy, P&G, and startups across the US, Europe and Asia, Pooja now brings the same digital acumen to the development world, where the need to engage beyond the echo chambers is critical for large scale, accelerated impact.

Pooja is the Head of Web at UN Environment Programme (UNEP) driving an ecosystem of corporate and campaign sites that inform, inspire and enable environmental action. She is a key member of the UNEP Digital Transformation Taskforce where the vision is to bring the digital transformation and environmental sustainability agendas together.

Her work is rooted in human-centered design (HCD), data-driven decision-making and an agile scrum methodology. Pooja has a foundation in design and strategy, an MSc degree from Northwestern University in big data analysis in Communications, certification in Circular Economy and Sustainable Business Strategies from Cambridge University, and currently completing studies in Digital Transformation from Stanford University.

Brian George Otieno (Branji)
Brian George Otieno alias Branji, is a News Anchor, Business Reporter and Show Producer at KTN Standard Group. He runs a show called The Innovator on KTN News that has features creations in tech, engineering and special innovations. He has interacted with numerous Startups in almost all sectors of the economy. He is an avid reader, a highly motivated individual, an entrepreneur, a staunch Christian and an optimist. He is a strong believer that the world will benchmark in Kenya a lot in the near future for tech, business and creativity.
Tonya Nyakeya
Chief Dot Connector, Program Management, Client Engagement, and Government Relations Specialist with a wealth of experience from both public and private sector--with a penchant interest for research, science, technology, and innovation--in addressing government service delivery; business transformation; and socioeconomic empowerment and development. Passionate about outcome, impact and mentorship.
Joshua Murima
Joshua is the Head of Ecosystem Engagement & Investor Relations at Briter Bridges, a data driven research firm in Nairobi. He works closely with the local community of tech founders, hubs and investors to forge friendships and collaboration in a bid to unlock growth opportunities for entrepreneurs in Africa.
Event Schedule
Friday 23 - Sunday 25
Friday
Introduction
Saturday
Learn the Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
Sunday
Demo Day
Global Startup Weekend Partners
Google for Startups
Google Cloud Platform helps startups build web/mobile apps and is offering participants $300 in credit to build their apps (link can be found here). Teams can use Google Trends + Market Finder to test if there is a growing demand for their product and in which markets.

> $300 USD in cloud platform credit
> Register at cloud.google.com/free
GoDaddy Registry
GoDaddy Registry provides a domain name that many innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world use. As part of our partnership, each participant can register a free domain name with GoDaddy Registry (.co, .us, .biz). Read more here. Redemption codes will be given to participants by the organizing team.

> 1 x free GoDaddy Registry domain, per person
> Participants can redeem the code from: startup.co

For more information, visit GoDaddy Registry's site or reach out to support@porkbun.com.
Local Sponsors and Partners
The Techstars Startup Weekend Nairobi team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
FAQ
Is this event for me?
If you are interested in entrepreneurship the answer is most likely yes. Whether you are a serial entrepreneur or new to the startup scene, you'll fit right in as long as you are motivated to build a product or startup and open to new ideas. We believe that great ideas can come from anywhere.

The event is intended to be a collaborative and inclusive forum for sharing, learning, building,

and having fun. We expect each member of the startup community to be inclusive of all people and their ideas at Techstars Startup Weekend and we welcome all, regardless of experience, industry or background.


Do I have to participate in all three days?
Apart from the organizing team, mentors, speakers, event volunteers and judges, everyone who participates in the event is expected to participate in all three days. This is important not only to preserve your own learning experience, but also to minimize distractions or disruptions for the team you choose to join. We welcome any friends, family or colleagues you would like to invite to watch your final presentation to see all you have accomplished in just one weekend. Please check the registration page of your city's website or reach out to the event organizer for availability.
How do I register?
Every Techstars Startup Weekend event has a corresponding website with a registration page. Please see our events page at startupweekend.org/events for a complete list of upcoming events. There are typically different types of tickets for different skill sets, like 'Business', 'Designer', 'Technical' or 'Enthusiast' for example. Organizing teams sometimes track this to ensure they do outreach to a diverse group with a range of participant backgrounds and skill sets in order to maximize the event's value for each participant by ensuring the team's effectiveness. You can choose the ticket type closest to what your experience is - don't worry if nothing precisely matches your background!
Do I need a team?
Everyone who attends the event as an attendee is expected to come to the event without a team and then join and participate on a team at the event. This is important to preserve the Techstars Startup Weekend educational experience. The ideal team consists of members with diverse backgrounds and experience who share knowledge to build a great minimum viable product (MVP) using the Lean Canvas. The more people you have on your team to help you do market research and business model development, the quicker you'll develop an MVP to pitch on Sunday.
What ticket type should I purchase to pitch an idea?
Pitching is open to every participant! We recommend you purchase the ticket that best represents your skill set.
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Still can't find what you're looking for? Check out the our full Participant FAQ here
Contact
Questions? We are here to help!
E-mail: nairobi@startupweekend.org


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