Report from the field: 7 new creative ventures!

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.

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AKE creative ventures

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

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 Enterprises

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

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.

Tripletouch

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.

Crystal Quad

Our specialty is in creating advertisements and marketing strategies using games and mobile applications, animation and sound design skills.

 

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AKE participant working on her start-up marketing material at the AKE hub

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Creative team work at the AKE lab

 

 

 

 

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What we have learned lately, in images

It has been fascinating to get all these images ! Thank you for allowing us to share some of the insights, passions and learning opportunities you have had. As usual is very enlightening to notice the variety of interests, skills and motivations that we have when learning.

Here the complete collection of the image probes we got back. They all talk about the energy that circulates when learning, in all aspects of our lives. Enjoy

Mercy: The photo attached below  shows how important it is to take care of young animals and young children. At birth,the calf shivered,it was cold. I had to take a blanket and cover the calf, give it a hold and affection, eventually it slept off. The child’s mother left the baby crying, I gave a hold to the child and a motherly affection, the baby stopped crying and slept off. As human we assume that animals don’t need as much care but they do. Their mothers can’t give a hold or as much affection but we can. I felt the affection and connection, give it a trial and you will feel the same and view it my way.

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Taking Care

 

Albert: This week I have thought about knowing what you want and going for it.

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Purpose

Olipha: The photo was taken during learning time with my fellow students. I was drawing a character animation that is, so i paused to take a photo.

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Taking a pause

Edna: This is a photo of me learning how to use the wacom for last week’s project which was to make a storyboard for an advert.

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Making a storyboard

SparkMyke: Having a good time in the new studio

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Good times!

Maurice: Here are several attachments based on the things I’ve learned and what i am in the process of doing. The first  several images of a person hitting a table right from the first pose to the pose where he hits the table hard. The image is just a sketch of how the real product shall be. The second  is a complete drawing of a character alias dee dee which i use for my training purposes.

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Process

Soire: In the past few weeks, I have learnt to use my immediate environment as a source of inspiration to create backgrounds for 2D animations. Below is an example of reference image from our classroom window and it’s unfinished 2D render that I am working on.

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Reference & representation

Immaqlate: I added the score board and scores appear after each and every pin you hit to my bowling game in the woods.

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Bowling in the woods

Andika: Working with logic as a professional D A W…Never used a mac computer before to make music and now the whole experience is becoming professional to me.

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Professional experience

Makossiri: In the past few weeks we’ve been learning a lot about our cultures and identity and this inspired me to visit the Kenya National Theatre in search of musical instruments from my ethnic tribe(luo). This is me playing the Nyatiti, an 8 stringed lyre from the luo community originally played by men.

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Playing the Nyatiti

Mista: This week I was working on a football penalty game as shown on the photo….I was able to get a character with animations controls plus I added some script to it for the target score.

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Animating a football player

Francis: I have been learning how to use Wacom for better drawings in Animation.

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Drawing better animations

Nancy: I learnt how to put characters in a box. My character is one with attitude but still graceful and cultured. Using lines to express one self.

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Creating characters with attitude

Kahama: Team work!

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Team work

Stephen: I was able to come with the game functionality such as hitting the golf ball. That has been achieved through some of the skills I earned over the last week.

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Game functionality

Ruth: I have been working on a common game I used to play while young, called Rounders’. I placed my scene at our famous Uhuru Park that’s right at the center of the city. I used to the cubes as safe areas in the game and my character needs to step on them to be safe from getting hit by the ball. Though challenging when it comes to scripting, its coming up well and soon will be done. It awakens great memories and am happy that it’s coming to life.

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The joy of digital RoundersK

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Willis: The activity I’ve been up to this week, including yesterday, was doing some aerial shots with my new Dji Drone at Kiambu Tea Farms and the Great Rift Valley.

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Drone images

Andrea: I discovered that it is not so good idea to put to much glue in the circuits of an electronic embroidery… makes it difficult to repair 🙂

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Glue things carefully, stitch profusely!

Minna:

Minna's photo

Minna’s learning from everyone’s photos (& check out the article recommended by Victor about creative industries, under the Resources tab!)