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The Global Startup Movement - Startup Ecosystem Leaders, Global Entrepreneurship, and Emerging Market Innovation - Andrew Berkowitz 30th November 2020
Connecting Africa's SMEs to the Digital Economy
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Connecting Africa's SMEs to the Digital Economy

Kago Kagichiri is the Global Head of Innovation for Sokowatch a tech company that revolutionizes access to essential goods and services by connecting small shops to the digital economy. It enables informal retailers to order products at any time via SMS ormobile app, and receive free same-day delivery to their store. This makes it easier for shopkeepers to source goods and helps manufacturers ensure that their products are consistently available to consumers.

He was previously the cofounder of Eneza Education, a learning platform supporting millions of 10-25 year olds, because I believe that young people are denied opportunities to leverage their technical skills, hunger to learn, their lack of bias and natural desire to change the world. 

Kago has dedicated his life to implementing solutions that automate solutions to people's problems at scale, especially for those will little or no prior technical skill. I've focused on plug-and-play solutions around "legacy" but extremely familiar technologies like SMS/USSD and Voice.

On this episode you'll learn:

  1. The story of Kago's departure from Eneza and his journey to connecting with Daniel Yu from Sokowatch. [2:50]
  2. What are the key problems Africa's SMEs face that the Sokowatch platform solves? [9:05]
  3. A dive into market sizes in East and West Africa. [16:01]