We are excited to host you this year! In the coming months you will be immersed in the social enterprise landscape in the slums of Nairobi and the realities of a social entrepreneur maneuvering to change the world in Kenya. The program will challenge you to unlearn what you are used to and practice your business genius to real life organizations.
Due to the effects of COVID-19, the S-Bize program will take place online and will require your commitment to throw yourself in the deep end of the business environment and economic landscape of Kenya. Despite the externalities of this remote intervention, your focus will be to facilitate the growth of these existing small businesses and social enterprises owned and / or managed by local entrepreneurs. This type of consulting experience is likely to transform your outlook on business opportunities in emerging markets, including the typical challenges that entrepreneurs face in this type of environment.
We can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Meet the 2021 cohort below:
Location – Mukuru, Nairobi
Ruben Centre is a non-profit organization that facilitates community development in Mukuru by providing quality education, health, financial and social services to children and families in the area.
Location – Buruburu, Nairobi
Green Kenya develops life skills among local youth through Sports for Development programmes. This project lies at the intersection of sports, life skills development, gender and environment.
Location – Mathare, NairobiMathare Peace Initiative Kenya (MPI-KENYA) is a social network community based organization based in Mathare, focused on community development.
Location – Kibera, Nairobi
The Sunflower Trust delivers literacy and leadership development programs that provide holistic educational support to vulnerable children through literacy, technology and arts.
01. Facts about Kenya
Kenya is among one of the most well-known countries in Africa. With hundreds of miles of coastline featuring stunning beaches, it’s no wonder tourism is on the rise. To fully appreciate this country, let’s check out these top 10 facts about Kenya!
02. A Brief History of Kenya
Around 2000 BC, Cushitic-speaking people from northern Africa settled in the part of East Africa that is now Kenya. By the 1st Century AD, the Kenyan coast was frequented by Arab traders, who due to Kenya’s proximity to the Arabian Peninsula, established Arab and Persian colonies there.
The Nilotic and Bantu people also moved into the region during the first millennium AD. and settled inland. Evolving from a mixture of Bantu and Arabic, the Swahili language then developed as a lingua franca for trade between the different peoples.
03. COVID-19 Response
This past Sunday at Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, it was life as usual. Kids took rides on horses and camels. Families and lovers shared paddle boats in the lake at the center of the park.
04. Suggested Movies & Music
Kenyan music is already killing it with NuNairobi musicians doing the most: organizing more live concerts, promoting their music online, selling cool merchandise, and releasing quality albums on their own without record labels. It’s basically a DIY movement. And Kenyan filmmakers have decided to join the crew and create African magic.
05. Learn Swahili
Swahili is said to be the easiest African language for an English speaker to learn. It’s one of the few sub-Saharan African languages that have no lexical tone, just like in English. It’s also much easier to read as you read out Swahili words just the way they are written.