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Weza Tele receives Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award

To read the full report, access it here.Weza Tele – IRG 65 FINAL FS

Weza Tele core team

Weza Tele core team

 

We are pleased to announce that Weza Tele is the recipient of the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award.  This prestigious recognition is based on an extensive and independent Frost & Sullivan analysis of the Kenyan Mobility Solutions market.

The detailed report is based on in-depth interviews and primary market analysis, which has been fully funded and conducted by Frost & Sullivan’s industry analyst team. Entrepreneurial Innovation and Customer Impact of Weza Tele was evaluated on 6 key criteria;

  • Criterion 1: Price/Performance Value
  • Criterion 2: Customer Purchase Experience
  • Criterion 3: Customer Service Experience
  • Criterion 4: Passion and Persistence
  • Criterion 5: Market Disruption
  • Criterion 6: Competitive Differentiation

“Weza Tele has created innovative supply chain solutions for SME’s in the informal sector by using basic mobile technology. The company’s MyOrder enterprise solution is a quick and easy-to-use ordering platform that increases the visibility between retailers and distributors, and streamlines the overall supply chain management process. Furthermore, Weza Tele has excelled in an untapped market by tailoring flexible solutions for the small scale supply chain sector. It offers a cost-effective solution to address the challenges faced by SME’s in the supply chain industry and provides valuable tools to drive their sales and marketing. With its strong overall performance, Weza Tele has earned the 2014 Frost & Sullivan Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award.”

 

To read the full report, access it here.Weza Tele – IRG 65 FINAL FS

USSD Developer Workshop

Are you a developer or curious to understand USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) applications?

Weza Tele Ltd is conducting a hands-on USSD workshop, where we will answer all your questions:
  • What is USSD and how does it work?
  • How much does USSD setup cost?
  • What is the process of implementing USSD with PRSPS and Telecoms in Kenya?
  • What are the different ways one can  make money out of USSD apps?
  • Q & A session
There will also be a practical session where developers will work in teams to develop and deploy USSD applications in their favorite programming language.
The best part is that all participants of this workshop, will also be given a shared code  to test their USSD apps for a period of one week.
A chance for them to showcase their ideas to their potential clients, investors and friends in order to get feedback.
This will be a full day workshop for only Ksh. 2000 on the 1st December 2012!
Tea and Lunch will  be provided.
Don’t miss out,  RSVP here!
Venue: Nailab, 4th Floor Bishop Magua Building, Ngong Road, Nairobi
More details will be communicated before the date of the event!
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Design Thinking Workshop at iHub


It was a super cool and interactive workshop with Terry and Joshua from Stanford d.school and Dan from University of Nairobi.  If you are a techpreneur,researcher, a designer and you did not attend this workshop then you missed out! We learnt a bunch of interesting and eye-opening things.

The workshop started off with an interactive session entitled ‘The Wallet Project’ , an immersive activity meant to give participants a full cycle through the design thinking process in as short  time period as possible. The project itself gave facilitators the opportunity to touch on the fundamental values of the d.school that include:

  • Human-centered design: Empathy for the person or people you are designing for, and feedback from users, is fundamental to good design.
  • Experimentation and Prototyping—Prototyping is not simply a way to validate your idea; it is an integral part of your innovation process. We build to think and learn.
  • A bias towards action: Design thinking is a misnomer; it is more about doing than thinking. Bias toward doing and making over thinking and meeting.
  • Show don’t tell: Creating experiences, using illustrative visuals, and telling good stories communicate your vision in an impactful and meaningful way.
  • Power of iteration: The reason we go through this exercise at a frantic pace is for people  to experience a full design cycle. A person’s fluency with design thinking is a function of cycles,  participants are challenged to go through as many cycles as possible—interview twice, sketch twice, and test with their  partner twice. Additionally, iterating solutions many times within a project is key to successful outcomes.

In the second phase of the workshop, the team went out to understand how designers approach problems to try to solve them, that way, individuals and businesses will be able to connect with and invigorate their ideation processes in order to take innovation to a higher level. Teams of 8 had interviews with ‘Mama Njoroge’s’ to find out what they need and possible solutions. The teams got interesting findings such as:

  • Lack of proper roads to transport their products and services
  • Lack of storage facilities and lots of food wastage
  • Lack of an ordering platform to advertise and the vendors to get more traffic for their products
  • Insecurity and no community policing
  • No proper water and sanitation facilities
  • Insufficient capital and financing for business expansion

Summary points:

  • Point of view= user + need + insight, this is the anchor/focused challenge that grows from empathy.
  • Often you could build on a bad idea and get a good one that relates to it
  • Design thinking is all about: Imagination! Empathy! Reframing the problem! Generate alternatives! Iterate based on feedback! Build and test!
  • Fail Early, Fail often then learn from that!
  • The fundamental way to test prototypes is by letting users experience them and react to as well as your perception of your users and their needs.