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The Ecosystem of Nairobi Startups

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National Ranking
1st
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in Kenya
Regional Ranking
1st
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in Eastern Africa
Global Ranking
163rd
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27
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top industries
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Fintech
#37 worldwide
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Energy & Environment
#71 worldwide
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Foodtech
#80 worldwide

notable startups
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The Startup Ecosystem of Nairobi is ranked at number 163 globally, and shows a negative momentum decreasing -27 spots since 2021. Nairobi also ranks at number 1 in Kenya, and 1 in Eastern Africa.

Nairobi is an ideal place to locate for Fintech, Energy & Environment and Foodtech startups. As the most popular industries in Nairobi, there is a sample of 43 Fintech startups in Nairobi, 38 Energy & Environment startups in Nairobi, and 21 Foodtech startups in Nairobi, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is also a sample of 181 startups in Nairobi, 4 accelerators in Nairobi, 14 coworking spaces in Nairobi, 1 organizations in Nairobi and no leaders in Nairobi.

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M-kopa is a clean-energy startup that provides low-income homes with affordable asset financing for connected solar technology and other life-changing products and services. Read more
Twiga Foods is a business-to-business marketplace platform that sources produce directly from farmers and delivers it to urban retailers. Read more
Kopo Kopo is a US-based company that offers solutions to help businesses grow and prosper through payments. Read more
Cellulant is a leading multinational payments company in Africa on a mission to digitize payments for Africa's largest economies. Read more
Copia Global provides a consumer catalog order and delivery system intended to serve consumers in the developing world. Read more
Cytonn Investments is an investment and real estate company. Read more
Apollo Agriculture's mission is to deliver modern farming everywhere Read more
Sendyit is an e-logistics delivery platform that connects businesses and drivers of all vehicle types for deliveries. Read more
CSquared builds metro fiber and Wi-Fi networks to help local providers connect more people to the Internet and each other Read more
Sanergy generates fertilizer and other by-products through providing safe, affordable sanitation in the slums. Read more
SunCulture designs and sells solar-powered irrigation systems to farmers in Kenya. The SunCulture SolarDrip Irrigation Kit combines the reliability of solar-powered water pumping with the efficiency of low-pressure drip irrigation. The system delivers water directly to crop roots, resulting in yield gains of up to 300% and water savings of up to 90%. The SolarDrip Irrigation Kit also benefits farmers through significant energy, labor, and fertilizer cost savings. Read more
PowerGen is building the grid of the future in Africa with smart, clean solar mini-grids Read more
SOKO is a social enterprise which connects micro-manufacturers and entrepreneurs to access global markets through our proprietary mobile technology. The technology allows vendors to sell their goods directly to global consumers through their personal mobile phones, despite access to a computer, the internet, & a bank account. Our proprietary technology leverages existing telecommunications technology and infrastructure to pioneer a completely new marketplace. This new marketplace revolutionizes the way money and goods are exchanged during international trade into a peer-to-peer exchange, creating economic opportunity and increased profits for vendors and savings for consumers. Read more
Africa Logistic Properties is an integrated property company that acquires, develops, and manages logistics warehousing across Africa. Read more
Utilizing AI to bring Financial Inclusion to Emerging Markets Read more
Lori is a venture-backed start-up building the cutting-edge logistics infrastructure for trucking. Read more
Acorn Holdings is a provider of real estate services that includes property development and project management. Read more
Kasha is a platform for women’s health products and information serving women across all socioeconomic levels in urban and rural areas. Read more
PayGo Energy is a distribution service that harnesses the power of pay-as-you-go-technology Read more
Enda is the first high-performance running footwear brand Read more
Ilara Health makes common diagnostics accessible and affordable to the 500 million people in Africa who today struggle to access even basic blood tests. Read more
Sky.Garden is SaaS ecommerce platform that helps retail stores digitize offline and online sales. Read more
Asante Financial Services Group is a company that focuses on facilitating financial independence for businesses and individuals. Read more
AMI has a new look, a new platform and a new FREE online course for African managers and entrepreneurs. Read more
BitPesa offers the cheapest, fastest, most inclusive way to transfer money to Africa. With $1.3B in remittances coming to Kenya each year, and average fees over 9%, there is a huge opportunity to improve on the efficiency and service in this market. BitPesa charges just 3% and uses a transparent market foreign exchange rate, which makes even micro-transfers affordable. Our clients are the diaspora in Europe and North America and send around $100 home each month. They are tech-savvy and price-conscious. We will introduce them to Bitcoin and show them how to make their first coin purchase. After coming to our site, customers simply log in and enter the details of their recipients bank account or mobile money wallet. We lock in a fair exchange rate for the duration of the transfer to remove all forex risk from the client. The transfer is paid for in Bitcoin and delivered in local currency in real time to the recipient, directly to their account or mobile money wallet. Read more
Juhudi Kilimo provides asset financing, technical assistance, and business training services to farmers and agro businesses in Kenya. Read more
Akili Network is a free children’s digital content network, inspires learning, and imagination for kids. Read more
Ajira Digital introduces young people to online work and provides the tools. Read more
BRCK is a hardware and cloud services technology platform that delivers rugged and reliable connectivity solutions in the most demanding environments. As the next 4.5 billion people (65% of the world) start coming online, the need for rugged, reliable, and simple connectivity becomes critical in places with poor infrastructure and limited resources. While existing technologies work well in modern cities, the demands of emerging markets necessitates a rethinking of how technology is engineered, packaged, delivered, and supported. BRCK was conceived in exactly this type of environment. In particular, our struggles in Africa with reliable connectivity inspired us to rethink the entire concept of rugged internet access device - designing the world’s first go-anywhere, connect-to-anything, always available internet device. Whether running an office of developers or collecting sensor data from the field, the BRCK was designed to ensure that nothing gets in the way of staying connected. Read more
BuuPass is Kenya's market leader for online bus booking. Read more
Selina Wamucii is a platform that enables businesses to import food and agricultural produce from Africa by easing sourcing and logistics. Read more
Ajua captures and organizes customer experiences in Africa, to understand consumers to drive business growth, and give consumers options. Read more
MPost provides a patented addressing solution turning mobile phones into formal postal addresses. Read more
Duma Works is a recruiting platform that offers smarter recruiting solutions to connect to top talent. Read more
Futurepump develops solar-powered irrigation technologies to help the 500 million one-acre farmers around the world. Read more
Wowzi platform is designed to help brands automate influencer marketing workflows and programs. Read more
Amitruck a mobile and web-based trucking logistics platform. Read more
Making M-PESA free of transaction costs Read more
EatOut is an food tech and media business primarily based in Kenya and East Africa. Read more
BasiGo is an e-mobility start-up looking to revolutionize the public transportation sector. Read more
Workpay is a Payroll, Benefits, Compliance & embed finance for local and remote teams in Africa. Read more
Craydel is transforming the way students and working professionals in Africa discover, compare and apply to higher education. Read more
ImaliPay is a financial health platform offering financial products to freelancers and blue collar gig workers. Read more
CashBackApp offers you Cash Discounts on a wide range of household essentials available at local supermarkets in Kenya. Read more
Digiduka provides digital financial services and social commerce solutions to informal retailers in Africa Read more
Taimba is a B2B mobile-based platform connecting farmers to urban traders with aim of reducing food wastage and to stabilize market prices. Read more
Bunifu provides software productivity tools for .NET software coders. Read more
Pezesha is a Digital Lending infrastructure & Marketplace for connecting Small and Medium Businesses to working Capital Read more
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Top Cities for Startups in Kenya Ranked by StartupBlink

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