As part of AKE program, participants have developed 7 new creative ventures and small start-ups. They are all now in the Kenyan government’s registrar of companies and therefore are all official legal business entities. During the last phase of the program, the AKE lab will work as creative incubator and help them develop their business plan and activities.
During the past days I have had the fortune to follow some of their work and learn about their ideas here at the AKE hub in Nairobi. It is interesting to see how much the teams have grown and what breath of ideas they are working with. All the ventures are based on strong team work, except for Makossiri’s who is a solo venture based on her artistic image is any way based on collaboration with other artists. All of them aim to offer professional services that could help grow the creative industry. Some of them like Artari and VerbHouse have already concrete product development projects. Many of them like Kiwo films have done or will be doing commission for big names.
While there is still work to do to fine tune the business plans and models and develop how they communicate their ideas, this is no doubt a big step and a very concrete result of AKE work.
Through conversations, some Finnish chocolate and joint brainstorming, we have draft the following preliminary presentation texts which they will be using in the up coming showcase next week. Let me introduce you to this 7 promising ventures:
Artari Kreations and their SAUTI product
SAUTI, an online voice audition and sound database offering the most complete sound and voice resource in Africa (website and web app). We connect the creative industry with the best samples, by the best talents aiming to be the “Getty Images” for African sound and voices. SAUTI is designed and developed by Artari kreations an African techno-artistic startup company offering a wide range of design and development services.
Kiwo films produces video, documentaries, commercials as well as music and soundscapes for spaces and environments. We are also well versed in photography and on- location sound recording. We aim to be the best and number one operator and producer of premium Local Cinematography. KIWO films has worked for brands as BBC, UPS Parcel service, Vice Media, Scanad Group, Comic Relief and Media Hub Africa. The company has a multifaceted team talented in creative arts.
Makossiri is an emerging African singer and creative entrepreneur. Makossiri Enterprises brings Makossiri’s music, fashion and stories to different channels. We combine creative technology and artistic self-expression to the organization of events and live performances where fashion and music intertwine. For doing this Makossiri works with digital artists, musicians and fashion designers to bring you African stories with a global touch.
Pamoja gamers designs and develops technologies that provide solutions for real problems in the real world with a playful attitude. Our team has expertise in mobile application, web and game development as well as graphic design. We specialize in solutions for the african educational sector, the business sector and we also provide services for other creatives.
VerbHouse and their Mbulu product
Mbulu is a subscription based online streaming channel for video on demand. Mbulu features African short films, documentaries, music, animation and games that are suitable for streaming on small devices like mobile phones or tablets. We aim to create a market and an audience for African stories that can transcend borders. Mbulu is being designed and developed by Verb House a creative entertainment company offering a wide range of audiovisual services.
Triple touch is an innovative Kenyan youth led business. We offer public address systems, Disc Jockeying, audio/visual production and event management services. Our mission is to provide lasting solutions to existing societal problems.
Our specialty is in creating advertisements and marketing strategies using games and mobile applications, animation and sound design skills.