KIVUHUB: Building A Community Of Tech Startups In DR Congo

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NAME OF STARTUP: KIVUHUB

FOUNDED IN (Year): 2017

FOUNDER’S NAME: ELIUD

THE IDEA: What is the problem being solved by your startup / business?:

Kivu Hub is here to address the issue of entrepreneurship in the east of the DR Congo and skill enhancement challenge. Due to the lack of digital technology skill in the region which is an engine of development KivuHub comes to provide adequate digital skills and digital human right which will simulate community development, job creation, women empowerment though technology, business growth and enhance general digital skills.

THE FOUNDER’S STORY: When and how did you come up with the idea for the business?:

Back in 2016 when I finished my studies in Nairobi with other co-founder, we found lack of IT training among our countrymen and women who are the DRC despite having finished their academic training and graduated.

We had to share our experiences in  entrepreneurship, innovation, technology to enhance our daily life. We decided to come up with a technology Hub so that we can actively support the development of our country and the east region of the DR Congo which was the epicenter of conflict for decades.

So I called upon a meeting with various friends who had experiences in IT such programming, networking, telecommunication, robotics and skills in management.

Kivuhub is mainly sustained by the co-founders who are providing the necessary financial and material resources. However, as we gain traction and help launch successful businesses into the eastern DRC market and the neighboring countries

LESSONS TO SHARE: What 3 key lessons from your startup journey you’d like to share with aspiring entrepreneurs?:

About GIT365 (girl in tech 365) is an online and off platform created by KIVUHUB with the goal of empowering women entrepreneurs, local community and young girls and women in technology , information access and innovation.

For our goal of 2022-2025 is to create a path towards equality, quality education, reducing inequality our projects to actively contribute to SDG 5 (Gender equality will help women to have the right skills promote gender-based initiative) and SDG 4 (Quality education which will allow women and girls to be competitive in market) in the DR Congo a specially in the East.

HQ City: Bukavu, DR Congo

Website URL: https://kivuhub.net

Number of Employees: 25-50

Connect On Twitter: @KIVUHUB