Catherine Mahugu is the Founder of Soko (www.shopsoko.com), an online destination platform for shoppers to discover stunning handcrafted accessories from all over the world and purchase them directly from their designers and artisans. Catherine has been involved in various ICT for Development projects including Stanford University and Nokia Africa Research Center Design Projects focused on building mobile applications targeting informal communities. At Soko, she leads innovation to foster new scalable and appropriate solutions. Catherine is an International Telecom Union (ITU)Young Innovators fellow, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies – ICTs as well as infoDev’s mobile startup camp fellow, a global program in the World bank group.
Catherine has been recognized as:-
One of Forbes' Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2015.
Kenya’s top 5 Female Entrepreneurs under 40.
Top 5 upcoming tech women in Kenya to watch.
World bank’s top 11 inspirational women.
A Leader of Tomorrow at the St.Gallen’s 44th Symposium in Switzerland 2014
She was recently featured in Forbes Africa Magazine -June issue 2015 as one of the top 30 under 30 (2015 ), She has also been featured by CNN, World bank and other mainstream media.