Intel Corporation has today announced its sponsorship of two Kenyan tech start-ups Harmony and mHealth solutions,to travel to Silicon Valley for three days of onsite trainig and a demo day with angel and venture capital investors.
The two tech start-ups are part of the 14 finalist teams selected globally under the Intel Tech to Market Accelerator program (T2MA). The start-ups will get as opportunity to showcase their business ideas as well as receive feedback from potential investors at the University of California, Berkley.
mHealth seeks to innovate,design, develop and market mobile and web solutions that address acute problems in the Kenyan health system. It is made up of four individuals Dr. Monda J.M.N. Nickson Nyakambu, Micheal Omaria and MaxwellOchwang’i.
Harmonics, consisting of Duncan Mwebia, Jesse Kaburu, Phides Mugo, will provide a cloud based platform to help High School administrators manage their data and information using phones, personal computers and tablets with internet connectivity.
Intel East Africa’s Corporate Affairs Manager, Suraj Shah, said: “The Intel Tech to Market Accelerator Program is the perfect platform to bring together young entrepreneurs to share their plans for turning their computing technology ideas into business opportunities, and to showcase those plans to potential investors. We are very excited two of our very own will be representing the country and will get the opportunity to compete their start-up ideas at Silicon Valley.”
DR. Matiangi’i, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT said that they have witnessed more youth in Kenya appreciating technology and using it to change the lives of many, as he applauded the efforts of Harmonics and mHealth.
“Programs such as Intel Tech to Market Accelerator program (T2MA) that provide opportunity for local software developers to nurture their skills, to access the latest tool and to get exposure on the global stage should be made available to youth not just in Nairobi but across all counties in Kenya,” he said.
Intel aims at reaching over 400 developers and having 100 new applications created locally over a period of six months that would offer different experiences across devices running on Intel Architecture.