Two Kenyan startups, Chamasoft and Zineke Limited were crowned as among the continent’s top innovators for an award that recognizes entrepreneurs making a social impact through their work.
Chamasoft is a financial record management solution for self-help groups while, Zinake Limited links employers to vetted unskilled workers. Both were awarded as a finalist in the Global SME Award under the innovations that demonstrated social impact.
Among the 125 SME exhibitors from across the globe other Kenya’s firms were, Sunrise Tracking and iLab Africa who showcased their innovations.
Other showcase activities at the Pavillion included government programs and projects aimed at improving ICT Kenya scooped the Government award that recognizes the national pavilion with the most promising and innovative Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Communications Authority of Kenya, the coordinator of the Kenya Pavillion, received a Certificate of Appreciation from the ITU, for its mobilization efforts.
They were feted at the just-ended International Telecommunication Union ITU Telecom World awards in Durban, South Africa.
The event saw more than 3100 participants from 94 countries including top-level government representatives, influential industry leaders – from established players to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and from emerging and developed markets.
The ITU Telecom World is increasingly narrowing its focus on SMEs and their role within the broader ICT ecosystem.