Country where this project is creating social impact
, RV, Countrywide, beginning in Nakuru and Eldoret and expanding to Nairobi, Kisumu, Kisiii
Has the organization received awards or honors? Please tell us about them
Since we began working on DUMA at a Startup weekend on the Princeton campus in November, we have gained an incredible amount of momentum. We were accepted into the Princeton eLab accelerator program over the summer, where we completed our software. We are currently running a private beta test in the transportation industry in Nakuru. We have won various awards and grants from entrepreneur competitions, such as mtvU/Ashoka Youth, Princeton Tigerlaunch Competition (2nd place), Princeton Pitch Competition (runner up), Kairos Society Member, Kairos 50, Princeton StartUp Weekend 3rd place and winner of Twilio API prize. We were also semifinalists in the Echoing Green Fellowship. We have received recognition in media in the USA, such as a feature in the Forbes magazine: “Top 5 Most Exciting Kairos Companies,” Genius Country: “Faces of Innovation: eLab - The First Class,” Princeton Alumni Weekly: “Entrepreneurs Develop Ideas at Startup Weekend,” and “Tigerlaunch 2012 Rewards Top Student Entrepreneurs.”
Lastly, throughout the process of building DUMA, we have created many valuable relationships. We have met twice with the Hon. Dr. Josephine Ojiambo, the Kenyan Ambassador to the UN. During our conversation with her, we met the Minister of Labor of Kenya, Hon. John Munyes, who we look forward to speaking with further when we're in Kenya. We have also spoken with Nick Hughes, one of the key players behind MPESA and John Simon, the former Ambassador to the African Union.