After his hugely successful tour of Nigeria’s tech ecosystem, where he visited CcHub, Andela and held a Townhall Q&A, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg is in Nairobi to learn about mobile money and how it has impacted lives and see some of the software and hardware innovations being build here.
Zuckerberg posted on his profile, “Just landed in Nairobi! I’m here to meet with entrepreneurs and developers, and to learn about mobile money — where Kenya is the world leader. I’m starting at a place called iHub, where entrepreneurs can build and prototype their ideas. It’s inspiring to see how engineers here are using mobile money to build businesses and help their community.”
His surprise visit to Kenya is seen as a validation of the growing tech scene and a symbol of more to come. His visit will fuel and inspire more youth to follow his entrepreneurial journey as well as encourage the government to work more with local tech entrepreneurs.
Just as his visit to Nigeria, Kenyan developers and entrepreneurs see this as a significant time for them as the change agents in their society.
After iHub, Nailab, m:lab, Gearbox tours, Andela and Bridge International Academies are places he is likely to visit.Mark Zuckerberg
Kenya and Nigeria-based Andela, recently raised a Series B funding by Mark Zuckerberg and GV (formerly Google Ventures). Andela was not the first Kenyan-based company to receive Zuck’s backing , last year Bridge International Academies raised $10m from Zuckerberg for its regional expansion.
Zuck loves education and Bridge International Academy runs over 400 schools with over 126,000 students. The funding from Zuckerberg would see it expand its inexpensive international education to millions of kids in emerging markets, something Bridge International Academy aims to do. The academy aims to train 10 million children across Africa and has been expanding across Africa and India this year.
Bridge International Academies and Andela are into education, Zuck’s other passion apart from connecting people to the internet.
Head to the comments section and leave a comment or a question for Zuck during the Townhall Q&A.
Mark wants SMEs who make up 80% of the world’s businesses on Facebook, that’s why he chose to have lunch at Mama Oliech, a popular restaurant owned by Football star Dennis Oliech’s mum. And of course he needs gov’t support to back his Free Basics in Africa.