Kenyan entrepreneurs Amos Muthoni Kimani and Royford Mutegi are among the 20 shortlisted ventures vying for the 2024 Underdog Tech Award, a global prize recognizing impactful tech startups thriving outside major tech hubs. This year’s diverse shortlist highlights innovative solutions from regions beyond Silicon Valley, showcasing the transformative potential of technology across various sectors.
Kenyan ingenuity on display:
#TausiApp: Kimani’s on-demand beauty service app, TausiApp, offers convenience and accessibility to clients while empowering beauty professionals.
#Vermi-Farm Initiative: Co-founded by Mutegi, this venture provides sustainable agri-tech solutions to smallholder farmers, boosting yields and market access.
Awarding resilience and innovation:
Launched by global mobility platform inDrive, the Underdog Tech Award recognizes startups overcoming challenges like limited resources and funding restrictions. Winners receive cash prizes, training, and PR support, fostering their growth and impact.
Global shortlist showcases diverse solutions
From mental health platforms in Egypt and Chile to eco-friendly aquaculture in Indonesia, the shortlist represents a wide range of impactful ventures tackling crucial challenges.
Empowering diverse tech ecosystems:
By recognizing talent beyond traditional tech hubs, the Underdog Tech Award aims to build a more inclusive and diverse tech landscape, benefiting communities worldwide.
This award program sheds light on the power of tech innovation outside established ecosystems, celebrating ventures like TausiApp and Vermi-Farm Initiative that make a real difference in their communities.