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Kenya Startup Ecosystem Overview

Country Rankings
Regional Ranking
1st
0
in Eastern Africa
Global Ranking
61st
+
1
worldwide
Population
52.6
million

top industries
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Energy & Environment
#28 worldwide
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Foodtech
#37 worldwide
Transportation icon
Transportation
#45 worldwide

notable startups
startup iconMdundo
startup iconMYDAWA
startup iconKopo Kopo

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The Kenya Startup Ecosystem is a regional Leader in innovation, ranked at number 61 globally, and shows a positive momentum 1 spots since 2020. Kenya also ranks at number 1 for startups in Eastern Africa.

There are 2 cities ranked in the top 1,000 in Kenya and the top ranked city in Kenya is Nairobi at 136 globally. Nairobi is followed by Mombasa at 756 and undefined at undefined.

Kenya is an ideal place to locate for Energy & Environment, Foodtech and Transportation startups. As the most popular industries in the country, there is a sample of 41 Energy & Environment startups in Kenya, 30 Foodtech startups in Kenya and 14 Transportation startups in Kenya, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is a sample of 132 startups in Kenya, 4 accelerators in Kenya, 20 coworking spaces in Kenya, 3 organizations in Kenya and no leaders in Kenya.

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YZ-ME's flagship brand OopsFree!is the leading provider of menstrual hygiene products exactly WHERE and WHEN you need them through our state of the art equipment, and Mobile interface. Read more
HydraTech is a technology company that provides technological solutions, helping a range of businesses from individual startups to corporate enterprises, transition into the tech era and untangle complex issues that always emerge during their digital evolution journey. Read more
Appettea provides you with a QR code based menu solution that is easy to use.The customer scans a restaurants qr code with their phone and the restaurants menu appears on the screen .The user could go ahead and make an order through the app. Read more
Tekizo Africa Limited manufactures and distribute solar powered chillers (Kuza Freezer) to small scale fishermen, offering them with sustainable cooling services during and after fishing hence reducing post-harvest fish losses and improving food security. Read more
Clikham IT Solutions goes beyond providing technology solutions. We help our clients achieve the highest level of operational excellence so they can focus on what matters - their core business. Read more
MicroDam Telecom is a telecommunications and mechatronics equipment design & manufacturing company with a focus on Telecommunication equipment and Smart Industry Automation Processes. Read more
Osta Tech Ltd is a security and technology solutions company; We pride ourselves in the fact that we are aware of the current changes in technology and we provide solutions based on said changes from installation, maintenance and user training all the way to a happy client. Read more
AAA Platforms Ltd are a Software, Hardware Consultancy and Gaming Institute that Prides itself in being a social enterprise where we solve our clients problems using technology. Read more
Triplescreen offers solution for Digital Signage, IPTV , Room signage and Advertising in and across all industries, from Retail, Education, Hospitality to Corporate. Read more
Studia Labs is a privately owned IT Support and IT Services business, a subsidiary of Wiciko Inc., formed in 2017. Today we’re proud to boast a strong team of IT engineers who thrive on rolling up their sleeves and solving your IT problems and meeting your business needs. Read more
Brance Technologies is a market leader in AI and Deep Learning-based facial recognition, video analytics and AI powered software. Read more
Yum.co.ke is Nairobi's premier online food ordering service. We enable customers to browse through the menus of a wide range of Nairobi restaurants, place an order and pay - directly online. For restaurants that don't do their own delivery, our dedicated Yum delivery team ensures that the food is delivered to our customers promptly. 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
M-Changa is the world’s first SMS-based crowdfunding app. Users solicit support for a cause, track contributions, and withdraw funds all from their mobile phones. Fundraisers are launched in under 2 minutes, can support any cause, and cost nothing to initiate. M-Changa puts fundraising power in the hands of those without access to internet, banking services, or in-person gatherings. We’ve already helped thousands of East Africans raise money for school fees, weddings, funerals, medicine, community rehabilitation, and small business costs and more. Read more
Kopo Kopo offers a software-as-a-service that enables the 30 million small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets to accept, process, and manage mobile money payments (e.g. Safaricom M-Pesa, Airtel Money). Kopo Kopo is the first company to offer this service on a subscription basis and is positioning itself to be a leader in providing merchant services in emerging markets. Read more
Pesapal is an app to make easy accept of payments. Read more
Mdundo allows users to download african music to their phones. The music can be downloaded to any internet enable phone (local reach), The music can be paid for with local mobile money payment methods (local payment). Local artists can sign up and upload their music to the platform (local music). East Africa’s first free legal music download platform. With more than 5000 Kenyan songs from Kenya’s top artists. A big catalogue of Free Kenyan music with a share of Premium music - which requires a monthly subscription fee. Fighting piracy and paying content creators fair and transparent royalties. Read more
Digiduka provides digital financial services and social commerce solutions to informal retailers in Africa Read more
Zanifu uses technology to enable manufacturers, distributors & retailers unlock efficiency in the process of buying & distribution of goods 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
Twende is a carpooling platform that uses an app to connect drivers and passengers going the same way. Read more
Pawame is transforming the lives of individuals and entire communities, starting with modern energy access. Read more
Flexpay offers an automated platform to enable merchants and their customers manage flexible payments. Read more
Fleetsimplify is a fleet management platform designed to be a one-stop solution for all transport-related needs. Read more
QuickBus aggregates booking for all major bus operators to create greater simplicity for travellers who can book via WhatsApp, USSD and web. QuickBus has integrated with dozens of payment providers across Africa to give a seamless customer experience whilst reducing “cash” fraud for the Bus Operators. Read more
MPost provides a patented addressing solution turning mobile phones into formal postal addresses. Read more
Amitruck a mobile and web-based trucking logistics platform. Read more
MarketForce360 is an end-to-end solution to manage your field sales activities and grow your distribution channels. 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
Smubu provides a music platform that aims to make music legally accessible in Africa. Read more
UTU us pioneering new models of digital trust to help online businesses and consumers engage and transact in an easier, safer, and more trustworthy way. Read more
Pezesha is a Digital Lending infrastructure & Marketplace for connecting Small and Medium Businesses to working Capital Read more
Apollo Agriculture's mission is to deliver modern farming everywhere Read more
MYDAWA mission is to deliver quality, affordable, products and experiences that enable our customers live positive, healthy, lifestyles. Read more
Saada helps businesses automate sales and process payments via messaging platforms and USSD. Read more
Farmula is a B2B platform that enables farmers to price their produce and gives businesses the access to order directly from farmers. Read more
A Blockchain, A.I first Innovation Hub & Kid's Code School Read more
WorkPay is a payroll processing company for small and medium sized businesses in Africa. Read more
Africa's; Virtual Bank, Neo Bank, Digital Bank, Mobile Bank, Challenger Bank. Read more
Qonectr is a mobile-based application that allows users to book a van ride. Read more
AmoebaX believes in solving the world's problems through tech.  Read more
TabAds provides tablets and places behind headrests in cabs. Read more
TalkLift specializes in the fields of artificial intelligence, enterprise software, and information services. Read more
The Pathology Network is a digital referral platform for pathologists. Read more
A virtual factory that connects marginalized Artisans living in Africa to global fashion brands. Read more
UbaPesa is the best peer to peer lending app in Kenya which allows you to lend and borrow money in real-time. Read more
Medico Plus is the world’s first integrated Healthcare company aiming to bring the entire healthcare community onto ONE platform. Read more
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