Press Release: Meet Kenya's Youngest Female Innovators

Issued By: Future Females

Contact Person(s): Flora Fontes, Head of Marketing at Future Females / Sasha Zakharova, New Markets and Programme Director at Future Females

Email: flora@futurefemaleshq.co or sasha@futurefemaleshq.co

Date: 8th September, 2021

Meet Kenya’s Young Female Agripreneurs selected to Join the Future Females Business School YouthTech Programme, Supported by UK Kenya Tech Hub

Future Females has partnered with UK-Kenya Tech Hub to launch their pilot Future Females Business School YouthTech programme to support young female entrepreneurs in Kenya to grow their early-stage businesses into impactful ventures.

According to the 2019 Population and Census, Kenya is a very young country, with 75% of the 47.6 million population being under the age of 35. From this population, approximately 800 000 Kenyan youth enter the workforce each year, with youth unemployment estimated to be 35%, compared to the overall national unemployment rate of 10%.

Interestingly, years of research conducted by the Anzisha Prize found that young people are most likely to create jobs for their peers. If given the chance, Kenya’s youngest entrepreneurs could be at the forefront of revolutionising job creation for unemployed youth. However, many young people do not have the necessary skills, resources and support structures needed to build viable businesses.

Empowering young people to succeed in running their businesses is part of the solution to the youth unemployment crisis. Based on the premise that youth are critical to future economic development, initiatives such as our Future Females YouthTech programme are imperative. The three-month programme will support 60 young female entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 – 30. The programme covers 10 actionable modules equipping participants with entrepreneurial skills and best practices needed to grow their tech-based businesses. Throughout the programme, members will have access to weekly coaching sessions, one-on-one mentoring sessions, and guest feature masterclasses with industry experts; to increase their business sustainability and scalability.

To ensure the success of our pilot YouthTech programme, we collaborated with YouthDirect and Agribiz 2021 Competition. The competition aims to increase youth engagement in Kenya’s agribusiness sector and support them in establishing thriving agri-enterprises. The competition boasted a pool of dynamic young Agripreneurs from reputable hubs such as Winam Capital, SoteHub, Lakehub, Swahilipot, among others. From this pool, we selected the top 10 female Agripreneurs from SoteHub, Mount Kenya Hub and WiseHub to join our pilot YouthTech programme and further support them in establishing successful businesses.

Speaking on the programme, the Director of the UK-Kenya Tech Hub, said “ Agriculture is at the heart of the Kenyan economy and it's great to work with Future Females and support these impressive female Agripreneurs across Kenya working on challenges from increasing productivity, post-harvest loss, agro-processing and market linkages. Such innovators are going to help Kenya feed itself and the world whilst creating much-needed jobs!”

The 10 finalists to join the YouthTech programme are:

Esther Muthoni: Founder of SmartAgro System, they improve irrigation water use to satisfy the increased world demand for food and other agricultural products.

Judie Mwende: Founder of Afyaboost, her company provides an alternative solution to immunodeficiency in people using innovative fortified flour which boosts immunity and protects the body against infections.

Sandra Makena: Founder of Ideal foods, they produce a product that helps store managers monitor room conditions of stores where produce is kept to prevent the growth of aflatoxin and spoilage of produce.

Jackline Tum: Founder of Ibees, an AI-powered beehive solution that lets beekeepers monitor the health of their beehives in real-time on their phones.

Daisy Otuoma: Founder of Impact Poultry, a value chain business that supply chicks, train farmers, offer extension services and buyback to supply hotels and individuals.

Leah Njeri Njahi: Founder of Tyler's Juice And Smoothie Bar, they produce fresh juices with fruits outsourced from young farmers.

Moureen Mbeche: Founder of Njalo Foods, her business sources Irish potatoes from farmers and processes them to crips.

Irene Etyang: Founder of Already Foods, a food manufacturing company working directly with farmers.

Mercy Omungo: Founder of Beach Kitchen Foods, they cook and sell nutritious fish and ugali, and empower young girls as the main employees.

Sheila: Founder of Swila Resort Ltd, they grow to produce organically and manufacture chilli sauces, chutney, pickles, jams, peanut butter, and juices.

The YouthTech programme commences on the 6th of September 2021. Candidates who want to join the next programme can sign up to join the waitlist at member.futurefemales.co/ffbs-uk-kenya-th-page 

 

Who is Future Females?

Future Females is a movement that exists to increase the number of and better support female entrepreneurs’ success. Future Females has shown immense growth since its conception in August 2017 in Cape Town, currently boasting a presence in 45 locations worldwide, hosting regular events for their engaged community of over 80,000 members, and offering the Future Females Business School online training programme.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is for young Kenyan female entrepreneurs (18 – 30 years) with early-stage businesses using technology and technological innovations to improve the efficiency and output of agricultural processes while saving costs and resources. The accepted entrepreneurs must be ready to upskill and sustainably grow their businesses while creating a positive impact in local communities.

What’s included in the programme?

The three-month virtual programme covers 10 actionable modules that take entrepreneurs through the fundamental building blocks of starting and growing a successful business.

The three-month programme will last for three months, comprising 10 modules that lead women entrepreneurs on a journey to start and grow a digital business with a global impact. Participants will learn how to write an effective business plan, how to find and reach ideal customers, and how to use technology to build their presence. The programmes also feature guest experts - serial entrepreneurs, executives, mentors - who work with topics related to entrepreneurship and sustainability.

The programmes will run virtually. Upon completion, there will be a virtual graduation event, where certificates will be given and all participants will be able to network and celebrate their achievements and their businesses.

 

Who is UK-Kenya Tech Hub?

The UK-Kenya Tech Hub forms part of the International Tech Hub network delivered by DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport), under the Digital Access Programme – a UK government initiative designed to build inclusive prosperity through capitalising on digital services and opportunities in partner countries.

For Media Enquiries, contact:

UK-Kenya Tech Hub: Lilian Nduati, Deputy Director UK-Kenya Tech Hub: lilian.nduati@fcdo.gov.uk

Future Females: Cerina Bezuidenhout, Co-founder and COO, Future Females cerina@futurefemaleshq.co

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