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Kenya’s Nikohapa Ventures Pockets Over Ksh260,000 From FIRE Programme 2013 Awards

by Sam Wakoba
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NikoHapa-PlacePageKenya’s Niko Hapa Ventures is among four startups from allover the world that won the 2nd edition of the FIRE Programme Awards over its remarkable ICT contributions to the community.

Niko Hapa was awarded for addressing social and development challenges using the Internet said the the FIRE programme Awards.

The awardss are granted to initiatives already completed or in their final implementation phase and that are aligned with innovation on Access Provision, E-Development and Freedom of Expression.

Niko Hapa is a customer engagement platform build in Kenya by Bernard Adongo. The startup enables customers to have one-on-one conversations with their favorite brands via their mobile phones. It also enables users to “check-in” at partners (Cafes, restaurants, barbershops, etc.) using SMS. This check-ins help businesses to engage with their customers, reward their loyalty, provide them useful analytics on customer traffic and great marketing.


Niko Hapa won the Innovation on Access Provision category.

Other category winners are listed below.

Devt Empowering African Women and Girls through the use of informative and interactive online resources
  • Provision of timely and accurate information, resources and tools to support and strengthen the work of African women/girls in all areas of social, political and economic development.
  • Project Manager:
    Rainatou SOW
  • Organisation:
    Make Every Woman count (MEWC)
Devt VENAME – Platform for the promotion, management and sale of African ccTLDs via Mobile payment
  • Setting up of a platform and integration of means of payment: sale of Domain names via local mode of payment such as mobile payment (Example for .CI with Orange Money, MTN Mobile Money & Flooz)


  • Project Manager:
    Idriss Marcial MONTHE DJOMBISSIE
  • Organisation:
  • Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and Mali
Access/Devt/Innov EpharmacyNet, an adapted Mail-Order Pharmacy for the Sub-Saharan African Developing Countries
  • Improve health care delivery system and facilities, in particular pharmaceutical care delivery in developing countries by ICT introduction (Mobile Virtual Community for Telemedecine – MVC4TM and Mail-Order-Pharmacies (MOP)


  • Project Manager:
    Farell FOLLY
  • Organisation:
    African e-health Consortium
  • Country Implemented:


Niko Hapa and the three others will receive a cash prize of US$ 3000 and a travel grant to attend the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) taking place in Bali, Indonesia from the 22nd until the 25th of October 2013.They will also have an opportunity to showcase their project, make professional contacts and participate in discussions about the future of the Internet.

Do you think Niko Hapa deserved the prize? Should the startup use the prize amount to award its users? Tell us what you think!

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