Today, another startup joined the list.
M-Tenders Systems has launched m-tenders.com, seeking to fully automate the tendering processes for all private and public companies operating in the region. Founded by Dennis Rwito and Rodgers Ndung’u, M-Tenders aims to automate the tender application system to give a chance to thousands of entrepreneurs and companies that have previously been locked out of traditional tendering processes which is 90percent manual and offline.
“Gone are the days when someone had to travel all the way to Nairobi or other urban centres to drop tender documents in boxes. It is archaic and should not be the norm in this 21st century,” said Rwito.
According to Ndung’u, the benefits of the digital era are celebrated in all sectors and departments in organizations, it’s the procurement processes that have continued to lag behind.
“This is because the tendering processes in most of these companies comprise complex paper work which discourages many potential applicants barred by limited time and manpower resources,” said Ndung’u.
Armed with a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Systems & Technology from United State International University, Rwito aims to solve a problem he has experienced.
“I have in numerous occasions tendered for services and never known whether my applications were received or why they were rejected. m-tenders.com will tell how many companies have been shortlisted for each service enlisted by the company owning the tender,” says Rwito.
Apart from eliminating the huge paper work that characterise tendering process, the m-tenders.com system will also allow firms to pay the tender application fees via online payment platform that include Mpesa, VISA, Paypal, MasterCard and other payment modes.
The firm says it has already recieved 100 tender applications from companies while about fifty firms have registered as suppliers. With more than 45 tender categories ranging from the supply of Public Relations, legal and advertising services, supply of furniture, Motorcycles, Provision of car hire services, General building contractors & renovators and many others, Rwito says M-Tenders will change the face of online procurement and tendering in the country for good.