By adding to the 60th The anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Kenya marks a milestone for the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Kenya, as its entrepreneurship support initiative, Project NINJA (Next INnovation with JApan) , throws 3rd cohort of its NINJA accelerator in Kenya. With the aim of supporting the cleantech space in Kenya, 5 Kenyan companies have been selected for the opportunity to receive tailored support to solidify their businesses and access international mentoring, networking and fundraising opportunities. funds, including a roadshow to Japan.
The following 5 post-revenue cleantech startups from Kenya were selected based on criteria such as team, business model and potential impact. This cohort is about to embark on a transformative 12-week journey, implemented by Double Feather Partners, Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support, Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory and GrowthAfrica.
- Baridi is a provider of pay-as-you-go or lease-purchase optimized solar cold storage solutions focused on downstream consumer markets in the meat and fishing value chain requiring sub-zero technology .
- Mazi Mobility is a mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) ecosystem provider that locally assembles and deploys fast, affordable electric motorcycles and battery swap stations 24/7.
- MegaGas collects plastic waste and converts it into clean cooking gas through its patented thermal cracking process, providing low-income customers with safe, affordable and environmentally friendly energy alternatives to LPG gas or charcoal.
- Ycenter Shambah Solutions provides last-mile soil testing and analysis to smallholder farmers via Internet of Things (IoT) technology, addressing the deterioration in soil health, reduction in productivity and crop quality caused by the misuse of agricultural inputs.
- Timao Group recycles post-consumer plastic waste and converts it into modular building materials for construction companies and developers as part of the circular economy, and addresses both plastic waste reduction and plastic shortage supply of construction materials in rapidly urbanizing areas.
“We are delighted to launch this 3rd cohort as another testament to our commitment to fostering innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship in Kenya, in the context of the 60th Anniversary of diplomatic relations between Kenya and Japan, and in support of the vision set out by the Kenya National Innovation Agency,” said JICA Kenya Chief Representative Hajime Iwama.
“We are particularly excited about this cohort as it is the first post-COVID that we are leading on behalf of JICA. We look forward to introducing them to our network of optimistic cleantech investors and companies,” said Kohei Muto, CEO of Double Feather Partners, the Japanese venture capital and ecosystem engagement firm. of startups leading the consortium to which JICA awarded this project. .
In reciprocation, the Kenya National Innovation Agency (KeNIA) expressed appreciation for Japan’s involvement in providing opportunities for innovators in Kenya. “As we are set to implement the government’s 10-year innovation plan, collaborations such as the one with JICA will help us achieve the ambitious goals we have set for our country,” said Dr. Tonny Omwansa, Managing Director of KeNIA. Additionally, GrowthAfrica, one of the implementing partners, expressed its enthusiasm in supporting successful entrepreneurs on their growth journey. “Through our involvement in Project NINJA, we have witnessed the importance of mentorship and investment support for local businesses,” said Patricia Jumi, Managing Director of GrowthAfrica. “Our goal is to increase business success rates in Africa, and programs like Project NINJA are one step closer to that goal. »
The NINJA Accelerator in Kenya provides founders with the tools to increase their partnership and investment readiness, enabling them to scale their businesses and expand effectively in the Kenyan market. Additionally, the program provides national and international exposure, including joining the JICA delegation to the Africa Early Stage Investors Summit 2023 in Cape Town, as well as a roadshow to Japan, opening doors to investors in venture capital, institutional and corporate investors and Japanese strategic partners.
Impressive NINJA Accelerator alumni in Kenya include successful companies such as Wasoko, Kwara, Amitruck, Zana Africa, Shamba Pride, Kijenzi and My Movies.Africa. These companies are inspiring examples of how the program promotes entrepreneurial success.
To learn more about the NINJA Kenya Accelerator Program, please visit https://jica.ninja/