Sh100m co-working space to lift techpreneurs

A new co-working space in Kenya’s western town of Eldoret is promising to give technology entrepreneurs a major push as they seek to put their startups on a firm footing.

The premises set up at a cost of bout Sh100 million by Kikao64 provide essential facilities for tech startups in the North Rift and Western Kenya regions.

The innovation hub, which can accommodate 100 workers at a given time, will also enable young entrepreneurs to network and share ideas as they nurture their nascent tech enterprises.

Elisabeth Clem, the Executive Director, Kikao64, said the project was driven by the increased demand for non-psychical office space for individuals, corporates and non-governmental governmental organisations.

“It will also provide space for those travelling through Eldoret and allow students and young people to engage in networking,” she said noting that the project is “a big deal for this region and it will put Eldoret in the map in terms of digital space.”

Uasin Gishu county governor Jackson Mandago said the centre will help tech-savvy youth to realise their potential and access various opportunities.

“Most young people are unable to access government opportunities because of lack of technology related skills. We believe that this will go a long way in creating jobs for the youth,” Mr Mandago said.

Users will be able to access high speed internet at highly discounted rates.

The co-working space is located on Kenyatta Street at the town centre, which has seen an increase in startups that are in need of office to carry out their day-to-day activities.

Abel Boreto, a director at the hub, said most start-ups lack capital to acquire working space and critical tools, and the centre is timely as it will allow them to access what they need at affordable rates.

“Instead of paying rent for an office at Sh50,000 a month, you can just pay for hours, weeks or months,” said Mr Boreto.

Kikao 64 will be offering a wide range of services such as legal, company registration, tax audit and web design.

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