Shining the Light on Kenyan Startups

Nominate your favorite Startup and give them a chance to be recognized as the startups of the year - 2020.


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About Mlika

Mlika, as the name suggests aims to shine significant light on promising startups and create a pipeline for local and international investors.

The Mlika Process

Mar - Apr, 2020


Startups get nominated by ecosystem players.

May, 2020


Startups curate their profiles and get shortlisted.

June, 2020


Startups are showcased at Nairobi Innovation Week.

Startup Categories

   Health . Agriculture . Finance . Energy . Education . Gaming . Food & Beverages . Robotics . Media & Entertainment . Fashion   

Startup Eligibility

To qualify for nomination, a startup needs to;

  Be for profit, registered business with a team of at least two people

  Be registered in an African country

  Have been in operation for at least one year

  Already have digital (software or hardware) product or service on the market

  Have evidence of revenue and a clearly demonstrated potential to scale

  Have a business model with a "social impact", i.e. a solution to a problem as described in the SDGs

  Have Company Profile available online with appropriate information for business and financing partners

  Be a technology business, operating in the sector of agriculture, energy, health, or other previously stated categories

Lead Judges

Robert Yawe

Robert Yawe
Managing Director, Synaptech Solutions LTD


Florence Kimata
SME Advisor, Ministry of East African Community Affairs and Regional Development

Nyambura Ngumba

Nyambura Ngumba
Startup Interactoins Lead, Viktoria Ventures

Eunice Nyandat

Eunice Nyandat
CEO, My Biz Marketer

Noreen Likimani

Noreen Likimani
Operations Manager, My Biz Marketer

Noreen Likimani

Samuel Ruhiu
Lecturer, University of Nairobi

Noreen Likimani

Bernard Chiira
Chairperson, ASSEK


In June 2020, the following will be published:

  Enablers of the most promising startups

  10 most promising startups of 2020

  Most promising startups in each category

  Most promising startup addressing special needs e.g. Persons with Disabilities

  Most promising Kenyan startups in diaspora

Have an awesome startup in mind?

Nominate them today for the Mlika 2020 Program and give them a chance to be selected as the Mlika Top Startups 2020.

Mlika Partners