Who We Are
The Sote Hub idea was born from the Sote ICT project which started in 2010, implementing holistic approach that combines ICT integration and training with business skills at 26 schools in Taita Taveta & Kwale reaching out to over 10,000 students.
Once they graduate, they can start business or receive further career training at Sote Hub, which was the first rural based business incubator in Kenya. Sote Hub today provides an open space for young innovators and startups to design market solutions to local challenges.
UNDP reports that the Kenyan unemployment rate in 2017 is 40%. The highest in the East Africa region. However, the chances of youth to get formal employment are even slimmer. Only around 10% of the newly created jobs are in the formal sector.
Sote Hub today provides an open space for young innovators and startups to design market solutions to local challenges.
From success stories in Taita Taveta, we scaled to Kwale and work with 10 high schools and 4 technical colleges; an additional 5000 students to our fold. Through partnership with Kwale County Government, our location is at Kwale Biashara Centre, Diani.
Our Services at Sote Hub
Did you know?
We combine digital skills with Lean Startup methodology, and assist students to put it in practice, and thus create teams that can launch real companies, right after school.
The word “Sote” in Swahili means “everyone”, and expresses our commitment to nurture future business leaders and IT professionals regardless of their background. “
Oxfam recognizes Sote Hub as a model rural startup hubs. https://www.slideshare.net/soteICT/oxfam-mentions-sote-hub-in-challenges-for-rural-enterprises-rural-hubs
Kenyan girls from Kasigau Girls Secondary School in Taita Taveta County wins global contest with soil-testing kit.
Their dreams to travel to the US might have been shattered by the coronavirus, but that did not keep four secondary school girls from inventing a global award-winning soil testing kit.( THE STAR)
On 22nd Feb 2020 at Sote Hub, ten groups of budding entrepreneurs came to pitch their innovative business ideas on the topic of social enterprise.
Sote Hub holds the fifth edition of the Innovation Fair and performances by the various schools amazes guests. The fair was a success with teams winning various prizes including a trip to the United States.
Adopt –A- Startup
Adopt- A- Startup is an investing opportunity for well-wishers/ partners who want to support our young innovators scale their business. Our Sote young innovators are implementing brilliant ideas and models that tackles world challenges in poverty, climate change, health, education, financial inclusion, unemployment, energy poverty, natural resources and food insecurity.
Kajire Girls Wins StartUp Africa Competition, to represent Kenya in Delaware, USA
Kajire Girls high school which is among our sponsored schools in Taita Taveta emerged the winners at the Diamond Africa challenge, held in Elgeyo Marakwet. The competition, run by Startup Africa essentially connects, mentors and builds skills for the students, youth and women besides spurring the entrepreneurship engagement....
Sote Hub depends on the kind donations of our amazing friends and partners. Please continue to be part of our change story impacting and giving livelihood opportunity to young people in rural Kenya.
meet the team
Jakub is in charge of strategy and fundraising and is Chairman to the board. Jakub works on social innovation and supporting social entrepreneurs in Slovakia and until 2012 was a Financial Reporting Specialist with experience in international development cooperation with 35 projects concluded in the total amount of 1.6 million euros. Specialties: Startup hubs, business education and practice companies in rural Kenya, international development, ICT integration in development and education, financial reporting and administration of grants, international project development and management. Jakub holds an Msc in Finance and International Relations.
Ivana works tirelessly to strengthen the cooperation between Kenya and Slovakia schools organizing exchange trips and semester activities. Under her efforts, 20 Kenyan teachers and 5 startup members have travelled to Slovakia to business academies and tech hubs for educational exchanges. Ivana holds an Msc. in Political Research from Huddersfield University, UK. She was one of the finalists of student essay competition on global issues and won the internship at the UN, Vienna and was also the 2014 Volunteer of the year in Slovakia due to her work in Kenya.
Adriana Petrova has a masters in Computer Science and Chemistry for Teachers from University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra and has worked as financial manager, consultant or project manager for various foundations and organizations. She was an assistant of the branch director for Slovak Academic Information Agency, project manager for Nitra Community Fund that was the predecessor of Nitra Community Foundation, where she worked for 13 years as financial manager and consultant. Since June 2015, Adriana works as financial manager for international projects at Pontis Foundation and coordinates financial projections, reporting for Sote ICT
An alumni of Sote ICT Project, Geoffrey was one of the first graduates of our project in 2010. A graduate of Kenya College of Insurance, Geoffrey codes in python and is our resident geek with a nerk for newest ideas. He is now building pi Top, a credit sized portable Raspberry Pi computer that comes with inbuilt educational software and to give high school students an edge in Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. He is our Finance Officer.
Board of Advisory
Bart kindles the vision and expands the possible for leaders via thought partnering and coaching. Bart is an executive coach, group facilitator. And entrepreneur who works with founders, C-levels, teams, and focused professionals.
Clients include Facebook, PwC, Wells Fargo, Stanford University, Pinterest, Cisco, Visa, HP, Slack, Pure Storage, Open Door, Harvard Business School, Blue Shield, and Johnson & Johnson.
Wielding the strength of purpose, stepping into power, and building powerful relationships are frequent fuel sources for clients. Bart partners across cultures, industries, and generations in India, China, and through Europe. His training and experience in neuroscience, philosophy, athletics, and management best practices open the door to engagement with his clients and nudges them to “hack this life”. Clients describe Bart as “deeply insightful, passionate, and incisive.”
Bart comes to coaching from the business side. He was a member of a senior leadership team. He has had P&L responsibility and accountability for delivering operational excellence in a number of companies in both established and start-up environments via leadership roles in product development, strategy, finance, merger integration, sales, and program management.
Bart graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and holds a master’s degree in organizational behavior from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School.
The country manager for VSO’s programmes in Kenya, George has over 20 years work experience in programmes supporting youth, women and persons with disabilities. George has MBA degree specialising in strategic management, BSc Agriculture, Education and Extension. George currently serves as Executive Liaison for the prestigious Young African Leadership Initiative covering East and Central Africa under IREX. He has led and delivered projects under DFID, Ford Foundation; Deaf Child Worldwide; Act! ; USAID among others.
Grace Nyonyintono Lubaale, PhD
Formerly with UN Habitat, Grace is a Registered Urban and Regional Planner with an inter-disciplinary training and experience in management, finance, development and urban planning. He has a rich career spanning many years working with governments, organizations and multiple donors. He joins Sote Hub Board of Advisors and brings experience managing development projects and acceleration of our impacts to the most vulnerable young people.
Martha is a fintech & payments professional, a social entrepreneur and
a philanthropist. A dual citizen of The Netherlands & Kenya, Martha
considers herself a world citizen.
She is the FOUNDER of EUROPEAN WOMEN PAYMENTS NETWORK (EWPN) , the
1st and ONLY Pan-European network (community) dedicated to bringing
together women from all EU/EEA member states, working in cards,
fintech & payments. She has founded multiple organizations including
Beyond Innocence Foundation and Wawida Education Fund.
Martha serves in Sote Hub Advisory Board where where she is leveraging
her experience and accomplishments in empowering women in technology
and financial services in refining Sote Hub strategy in growing
startups from rural hubs.