Supporting African tech startups, Microsoft Executive Vice President visits GrowthAfrica

News - 22.02.2017 - Posted by

Today,  we were honoured to host Judson Althoff, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business organisation and a team of selected entrepreneurs from different sectors who are using innovation to solve problems. He was accompanied by a leadership team from Microsoft in Africa. It is great to see Microsoft’s growing interest in developing and supporting entrepreneurs in Kenya and the African continent.

GrowthAfrica is excited among other things to work with Microsoft on its #Insiders4Good East Africa Fellowship. The programme is open to applications until 23rd March 2017. To Apply.

The Vice President and his team visited GrowthAfrica to get insights on the innovation ecosystem in Kenya and East Africa, understand the opportunities and challenges, learn about the trends and hear about GrowthAfrica’s experience of working with entrepreneurs in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia.

 

Right Johnni Kjelsgaard (CEO and Founder, GrowthAfrica) sharing with Judson Althoff (Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business organisation, Microsoft) insights on the East African entrepreneurial and innovation space

 

Microsoft has been working to expand business solutions to small and medium businesses in Kenya to optimise their operations and transform their products through technology. Some of the businesses that have benefited from this include: Strauss Energy, Mookh, Wayo and MoVAS Group.

 

Centre Judson Althoff (Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business organisation, Microsoft) with team members from Strauss Energy taking him through their product.

 

Right Judson Althoff (Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business organisation, Microsoft), Ernest Makotsi (Founder, Wayo) and Kunle Awosika (Country Manager, Microsoft).

 

“We have received a lot of guided technical support from Microsoft that has been very impactful to our business. This has enabled us to develop our product, develop a more informed business strategy and create the impact we had envisioned through our service offering”. Said Eric Thimba, CEO & Co-founder Mookh. He commended Microsoft for its commitment to working with entrepreneurs.

 

Left, Eric Thimba (CEO & Co-founder, Mookh) and George Gachui (Co-founder, Mookh) talking about their services to the Microsoft team