Are you in your final year of university or a recent graduate, a change maker or a young professional interested in being trained in a Social Enterprise program in the context of Agricultural Innovations?
DOT Kenya and YCentre Philadelphia will be running an immersive human centered design based Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship program for Kenyan Youth. The program contains a mix of design thinking, success and failure case study breakdown, business modeling suited for impact investment and finally a pitch day to compete for further incubation by DOT in Kenya.
The program will recruit participants either in their final year of university, young graduates, Change-makers and young…
Jacinta Moraa and Bernice Kariuki beat 36 contestants in the recently concluded Jenga Bizna Challenge and the Tujiajiri Investment Challenge held respectively in Eldoret and Nairobi. Moraa has developed an antibacterial soap to aid in reduction of cholera while Kariuki is running a poultry business.
Since the DOT business competitions begun this was the first time women, clinched the top prizes. The competitions were the fourth and fifth in a series of business competitions organised regionally. Held at the Wagon Wheel Hotel in Eldoret on 8th November, the Jenga Bizna challenge had 23 contestants.
Jacinta was declared number 1 and she received this award for her business in making antibacterial bar soaps and petroleum jellies, a venture she branched into after a cholera outbreak in…
Are you a young person looking to make a lasting change in Kenya?
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Kenya is enrolling youth who are motivated to make a lasting and meaningful difference in Kenya. As such we are pleased to launch the Young Social Entrepreneurship Support Competition (YSESC) through which we seek to identify youth who are within 19 – 29 years and are willing to begin social enterprises.
To qualify for the challenge applicants need to send in a 1 page written presentation or a 5 minute (maximum) video by October 27th 2016. Youth are encouraged…
Several women walked into the open field as Emmy Kosgei’s award winning Taunet Nelel music played on. In a lot of ways, the graduation ceremony was identical to those ones held at other DOT Kenya partner centres. Prison uniforms, wardens on standby and the children on a day when they should be in school, all hinted at the unique ceremony taking place.
All the women who graduated earned certificates from DOT Kenya without ever leaving the confines of the Medium Prison for Women in Keongo, Kericho County. Instead, DOT Kenya facilitators Richard Mibei and Samuel Ronoh went to them. Prison Wardens came too, learning alongside them behind bars.
The month of June begun with two graduation ceremonies in Bungoma County. One was at the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) and the other at Deeva College of Professional Studies. Participants graduated with certificates in ReachUp! and StartUp! programs respectively.
The event at Deeva College was graced by the institution's Director Ms. Violet Mureka. At the ceremony, about 20 beneficiaries received certificates for successfully completing the StartUp! program. Their facilitator Brian Khaemba was proud of the participants who, “had grown more confident in their presentation, having acquired the right business language and presentation skills which blew the guests away.”
(Right) Ms. Violet Mureka with the DOT team (left) the graduating…
Two DOT participants presented their businesses at the first ever Green Enterprise County Challenge held at the Rift Valley Sports Club. The event organized by Micro-Enterprise Support Program (MESPT) and Tangaza University College, brought together 20 entrepreneurial associations within Nakuru County including venture capitalists, banks and government funding agents.
The aim of the challenge was to provide innovative green entrepreneurs within Nakuru County an opportunity to qualify as part of the competitors for future challenges. DOT Kenya's Kennedy Shangu the Program Officer for Rift Valley was in the judges’ panel and by two DOT participants, Martin Gicinga and Aziza Maina also participated. The event took place on April 15.
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Martin Gicinga presented Narcet Hub; a businesses which was…
Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) Machakos branch hosted the latest graduation ceremony for 200 participants who successfully completed the StartUp! and ReachUp! training. The training which is delivered to youth and women in communities provides skills that help to empower and employ the participants.
Speaking at the graduation ceremony, Chief Guest Dr. Susan Musyoka, the Member of the National Assembly for Machakos (Women's representative) advised the graduates to explore entrepreneurship opportunities since jobs are hard to come by.
“Today”, she said, “the world has the largest youth population ever, with 1.8 billion young men and women across the planet. 1.8 billion Youth is a demographic fact that cannot be ignored! With approximately 600 million adolescent girls and young women…
In the week of 4th April 2016, DOT Kenya hosted a 5 day professional development (PD) session for its current active program Interns. The PD, fragmented into four different sessions, targeted different Intern cohorts in different stages of their engagement with DOT Kenya.
Photo: DOT Kenya Interns and workshop trainers
As part of its Intern engagement and life-long learning philosophy, DOT Kenya commits to invest in the professional growth of the young university graduates that deliver its programs across the Country. This PD session was the second of its kind and comprised of four different sessions; Facilitation 200 (FAC200), digital literacy, monitoring and evaluation and career development.
FAC200 is a follow-up on FAC100 which is conducted during the…
On the 18th of March 2016, DOT Kenya will hold the second edition of its participants' Business Competition series at the Kenya National Library Center in Thika. Drawn from DOT's ReachUp! and StartUp! programs, these participants have been trained at different centers around Mt. Kenya region. The programs empower the participants with life-skills, business and ICT skills, enabling them to explore and exploit social and economic opportunities within their communities.
Since 2006, DOT Kenya has positively impacted the lives of over 100,000 youth and women through its signature programs ReachUp! and StartUp! Over 60% of this number have established new or improved their existing livelihoods in employment or in business. To spur increased transition and encourage more young people to start businesses, DOT Kenya organizes such business competitions which also support the scaling up of these youth-led initiatives. The competitions also gives youth entrepreneurs…
On the 22nd to the 24th of February this year, DOT Kenya held a professional development session for its Interns. The three day session, conducted at the Savelberg Retreat Center in Nairobi, focused on improving facilitation and monitoring & evaluation skills of the Interns.
Photo: DOT Interns at a discussion session
As part of the Internship learning experience, DOT Kenya conducts periodic skills development sessions for Interns deployed to deliver different programs across the country. This session was scheduled four months into the Interns’ engagement and focused on reviewing the Interns facilitation experience. Dubbed Facilitation 200 (FAC200), the session is a follow up on FAC100 which is inbuilt into the Interns curriculum knowledge training.
FAC200 is a…
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