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Kenyan startups picked for global innovation awards




Sokowatch chief executive Daniel Yu during a past interview. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

Four Kenyan firms are among 40 companies that have received global recognition for championing digital innovations that positively impact local society.

The start-ups, M-Shule, Sokowatch, Kuza and Afrocomix by LetiArts, will be feted during the World Summit Awards (WSA) to be held at the WSA Global Congress in Cascais, Portugal in March.

M-Shule is the first adaptive, mobile learning platform in Africa to connect primary school pupils with personalised education through SMS. It uses artificial intelligence to deliver learning support in Maths and English via SMS.

Afrocomix by LetiArts provides a one-stop shop for lovers of African content in the creative industry.

Kuza Biashara is an innovative solution for smallholder farmers whereby members of local rural communities are screened, selected, trained and supported to become ‘agri-entrepreneurs’.who each serve 200 farmers.

Sokowatch platform enables informal retailers to order products at any time via SMS or mobile app and receive free same-day delivery to their store.

More than 5,000 shop owners in Nairobi are using a year after it launched.

Sixteen international experts selected the winners of the awards during a three-day meeting in Accra, Ghana.