Revolutionize COD Verification with WhatsApp Business: Unveiling Bonga CX API Platform

  • March 5, 2024
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Revolutionize COD Verification with WhatsApp Business: Unveiling Bonga CX API Platform In the fast-paced world of e-commerce, optimizing Cash on Delivery (COD) order verification is paramount for customer satisfaction and operational efficiency. Today, WhatsApp Business is a game-changer in customer communication. In this blog post, we’ll explore the immense value of integrating WhatsApp Business for […]

Revolutionizing Healthcare Access: How Teleradiology can Bridge the Gap

  • February 5, 2024
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In continuing with our portfolio series, we shine the spotlight on Rology. Renowned for its groundbreaking advancements in healthcare. Rology has consistently pushed the boundaries of telemedicine. Join us as we explore the key elements that make Rology stand out in our diverse portfolio lineup. Two-thirds of the world’s population lacks access to medical imaging […]

Global Perspectives, Local Dynamics: Lessons from Latitude59 Kenya Edition and Estonia’s Startup Ecosystem

  • December 22, 2023
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The recent Latitude59 Kenya Edition event, facilitated by the Kenya-Estonia partnership, fostered a rich learning environment where global perspectives seamlessly merged with local dynamics. East Africa’s “Secret Sauce” The event provided a platform for thought leaders like Dario Giuliani, Founder & Director of Briter Intelligence, to share valuable insights into Kenya’s investment appeal. According to […]

Modern Community Management: Embracing Technology for Enhanced Efficiency and Security

  • December 5, 2023
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In this inaugural VBAN Portfolio Series spotlight, we turn our attention to VENCO Africa, a company harnessing the power of technology to elevate living experiences in residential and commercial communities across the continent. With a footprint spanning Nigeria and Ghana and an eye on Kenya’s bustling market, VENCO’s innovative solutions are already transforming how people […]

VBAN Portfolio Series: Unveiling the Stories of Innovation

  • November 28, 2023
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Innovation and impact are the cornerstones of success in the dynamic world of startups. At VBAN, we are proud to support a diverse array of early-stage companies that embody these qualities, each striving to make a meaningful difference in their respective industries. Through the VBAN Portfolio Series, we embark on a journey to uncover the […]

Startup Growth: Go Big, Go Slow, or Find Balance?

  • October 16, 2023
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  • Consulting

In recent years, several startups ditched the disciplined approach to growth and went for the growth-at-all-costs model. Examples such as Sendy and Twiga, among others, are a testament to this. With this “Go Big or Go Home” approach, characterized by Reid Hoffman’s book “Blitz Scaling,” those who have not yet achieved sustainability now have to make significant changes to […]

Portfolio Management and Structure in Early-Stage Tech

  • August 24, 2023
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EARLY-STAGE TECH AS AN ASSET CLASS Exiting from early-stage investments just doesn’t happen. There is a wide range of possible outcomes. It is a result of continuous knowledge and preparation and readiness that secures optimal outcomes for the angel investor. Failing to plan becomes planning to fail. An angel investor thus, must have extensive knowledge […]

Unlocking Innovation: A Recap of ToT Training Week for Research to Commercialization

  • August 21, 2023
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  • Consulting

In a dynamic and knowledge-driven landscape, the journey from research breakthroughs to real-world impact is a vital bridge that demands strategic acumen. The recent Training of Trainers (ToT) program, spanning an insightful week, was a transformative experience designed to empower the heads of research institutions to establish and manage effective Research to Commercialization (R2C) centres […]

Empowering Innovators to Transform Research Innovations Into Successful Businesses

  • July 17, 2023
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  • Consulting

Research to Commercialisation(R2C) Accelerator Program Welcomes Cohort 2: Empowering Innovators to Transform Research Innovations Into Successful Businesses Viktoria Ventures, in collaboration with the Kenya National Innovations Agency (KENIA), is implementing a Research to Commercialisation (R2C) program to strengthen the commercialisation process in universities and research centres in Kenya. We are thrilled to announce the launch […]

Understanding Business Due Diligence for tech startups: Demystifying Problem & Solution Fit

  • July 12, 2023
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  • Angel Investors

In today’s fast-paced and highly competitive business landscape, tech startups are emerging at an unprecedented rate. While these ventures hold immense potential for disruptive innovation and substantial returns, they also face significant risks, making due diligence crucial. Conducting thorough due diligence helps investors make informed decisions and enables tech startups to identify potential pitfalls and […]

Halfway in, celebrating, learning, improving… the R2C journey so far!

  • July 6, 2023
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  • Consulting

Halfway in, celebrating, learning, improving… the R2C journey so far! During the past several months, we embarked on an incredible Research to Commercialization  (R2C) journey with a group of eight innovators looking to commercialize their innovations and fifteen participants in the Training of Trainers (ToT) program looking to take elements of the R2C program and push them […]

Jurisdictions, Tax Incentives, and Costs in Angel Investing

  • June 14, 2023
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  • Angel Investors

Angel investing is a global phenomenon, and there are numerous jurisdictions worldwide that support and encourage angel investing. Determining the ideal jurisdiction for angel investing is subjective and depends on various factors, including personal preferences, industry focus, network accessibility, and specific investment opportunities. Conducting thorough research and seeking professional advice are recommended to make informed […]

Is your Product ready for Market?

  • April 26, 2023
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  • Consulting

Product-market fit is a crucial concept all businesses must understand to succeed. In simple terms, product-market fit means that a product or service satisfies the needs of a specific market segment. Product-market fit is essential for startups and established businesses launching new products or services. However, it can be challenging to achieve, requiring a deep […]

Mawazo Institute Research to Commercialization (R2C) Training Highlights

  • April 25, 2023
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  • Consulting

Mawazo Institute Research to Commercialization (R2C) Training Highlights Women have historically been underrepresented in STEM fields, leading to a lack of research-based innovations, and hindered socio-economic growth. Commercialization is crucial for researchers to bring their solutions to the market. The R2C program, in partnership with the Mawazo Institute, aims to address the underrepresentation of women […]

The Significance of Legal Expertise in Deal-Making for Angel Investors

  • April 19, 2023
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  • Angel Investors

In angel investing, legal expertise plays a pivotal role in determining the success of an investment. While angel investors may question the need for legal considerations, it is crucial to understand that engaging a lawyer with specific experience in startup financing and securities law is essential in navigating the complex landscape of angel investing. Building […]

Innovator’s Journey- Scaling through Africa’s Competitive Innovation System

  • March 24, 2023
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  • Innovation

  What makes a good researcher? It is a simple yet complex question that can help you fully understand innovation from ideation to commercialization. Researchers and innovators in Africa have struggled through the whole process, and the need to fully understand the innovation process might be why this is the case. There are 4 major […]

Highlights of the ToT Training week

  • March 10, 2023
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  • Consulting

Running research to commercialized (R2C) programs in universities and research institutions is becoming increasingly important. Such programs have the potential to transform research findings into practical solutions that can address societal needs and generate income for institutions and researchers. However, running successful R2C programs requires specific skills and strategies. We recently had our first ToT […]

Value Proposition from the lens of a researcher

  • February 22, 2023
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  • Consulting

A value proposition should articulate the benefits that the customer will receive. It should be unique, and it should be based on insights about customers and their needs. It should also be simple, clear, and easy to understand

Empowering Private Education in Kenya: The Jackfruit Finance Revolution

  • April 12, 2024
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Introduction Low-fee private schools play a vital role in Kenya, providing quality learning opportunities to millions of children across the country. Over 30% of all children enrolled in school attend a private school. However, many private schools face financial challenges that hinder their ability to maintain standards and infrastructure. Jackfruit Finance is reshaping the landscape […]

Recap of Research to Commercialization Cohort 4, Week 1

  • March 14, 2024
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Week 1 of our Research to Commercialization Cohort 4 was off to an exhilarating start as we launched Phase 2 and commenced our intensive training program! Phase 2 Launch: We kicked off Phase 2 with a bang, marking a significant milestone in our journey towards commercialization. The R2C Program phase 2 will offer a holistic […]