10 Notable Startups to Watch in Kenya

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9 August 2017

There are over 600 hundred startups in Kenya. This is made possible by the innovation hubs and accelerator programs in the country. Access to internet and a great education system are also some contributors to the increase in startups and innovation. Here are some notable startups to watch in Kenya.


One of the startups in Kenya to watch is Fuzu, which launched in 2015 and is an online career and recruitment platform. People who are looking for jobs can get an account with Fuzu, and they get jobs to apply to, career advice, and learning tools. More than 800,000 people have used this platform and companies have found skilled employees to fill their vacant positions. Young people have also found the jobs of their dreams through the platform.


Flare is an app that brings together available ambulances into one system. Think of it as an Uber for ambulances. It ensures that people and hospitals can request an ambulance through their phone. This solution came about because it takes a long time to get an ambulance in Kenya and it is hard for doctors and patients to locate a timely ambulance. This time window between request and arrival is very critical to the survival of the patient. The company received funding and is yet to scale the app.

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PesaBazaar is the leading site for people to compare different insurance options. It aggregates insurance comparison information about medical, life, car, and other insurance policies. It ensures that people save money and get great insurance options. The consumer gets empowered because they will make the best choice given their options.


Lakt believes that “finance is fun!” It offers finance management and education designed for the “Snapchat” generation to ease the banking experience. This app helps young people to manage their finances better. They do this through cultivating financial discipline and by learning how money works. It also shows them how to budget, save and spend their cash wisely.

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Kopo Kopo

Kopo Kopo began as a digital platform that helped people to pay for their services through M-Pesa. This company launched in 2012. Today, it helps merchants and customers to exchange money online. It provides customer relationship management tools that ensure that the business is tracking its buyers and it helps businesses to accept cashless payment.

Duma Works

Duma Works helps small and medium-scale businesses find a convenient and fast way to recruit in East Africa. They launched in 2013 and they have worked with over 250 clients in different fields.

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Spier is a startup that is tackling youth unemployment issues in Kenya. They aim to close the gap between the employment requirement and what the applicant learned in school. They have a “career accelerator” program to help new graduates be ready for the job market.

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Moringa School

Moringa School is a software developer accelerator in Nairobi, Kenya. They train people who have technical skills in a holistic manner by focusing on personal growth and technological know-how. The end game is that the graduates are exceptional learners and individuals who can become skilled leaders and employees.


Through JamboPay, shoppers can pay for goods and services online while sellers can receive payments for purchases made online. JamboPay allows mobile payments such as M-PESA, Airtel Money, Visa, MasterCard Debit, Bank payments, and credit cards.


This is an enterprise that helps people share knowledge about farming in rural areas. People can ask their questions by text, and they can get answers from other people on the platform.

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