Updated Jul 28, 2020

Brian Mung'ei

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Scale is a powerful yet simple-to-use online platform that allows Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to easily prepare bids digitally, saving them money, time and enabling them to take advantage of more business opportunities; and win.

In 2013, the Government of Kenya set aside 30% of all government procurement for youth, women, and persons with disabilities, but actually accessing these funds has proved to be a difficult and highly technical process. While many are aware that these funds exist, these groups have yet to fully take advantage of the allotment due to challenges with the process. Through Amplify, Socialight set o...
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In 2013, the Government of Kenya set aside 30% of all government procurement for youth, women, and persons with disabilities, but actually accessing these funds has proved to be a difficult and highly technical process. While many are aware that these funds exist, these groups have yet to fully take advantage of the allotment due to challenges with the process. Through Amplify, Socialight set out to create a Digital Learning Space to act as an online information hub, helping to educate those looking to build the financial skills and training needed to apply for, and guarantee, their tenders. There is currently no known training or capacity building being offered to companies who wish to participate in government procurement in Kenya, either free or premium. Socialight Media’s concept aims to tap into the minds of the leading procurement professionals within the government to provide practical knowledge and advice, allowing anyone with internet access throughout Kenya to apply for and receive the funding set aside.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

We are currently live and testing the product with a community of early adopters who have signed up for our Pilot programme which kicked off on 18th July 2020.

Focus Areas:

Youth, Economic Empowerment and Inclusion

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Implemented In:

Kenya

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1
Country Implemented In
200
Customers
7
Employees
$102,100
Funds Raised to Date
Verified Funding
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Problem

Business around the world is conducted through procurement, the act of formally obtaining goods or services. Efforts by MSMEs to participate in formal procurement have been hampered by limited information about upcoming tenders; time constraints in preparing bids; not getting feedback after evaluation to know what went wrong in failed bids; finding tender procedures too complex, and lacking tendering skills in general. These results in poor quality bid submissions hence very few MSMEs winning.

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Solution

Scale is a simple-to-use platform that lets SMEs prepare bids digitally, saving them money, time & enabling them to take advantage of more opportunities. This is how it works: 1. Ensuring that MSMEs are procurement ready for any opportunity that comes their. 2. Providing SME with a process to guide them throughout their bid preparation to ensure their bids are accurate & consistent. 3. End-to-end digitization of the bid preparation process making it easier to apply for more opportunities.

Target Beneficiaries

Scale is targeting Women, Youth and PWD-owned businesses in Kenya, with the aim of growing to East Africa and ultimately across Africa. Through our partnership with the National Treasury in Kenya, we are starting by onboarding the over 114,000 certified disadvantaged businesses (48,000 Women, 61,000 youth and 5,000 PWD) owned. We’ve worked with these businesseses over the past 3 years to understand their needs using a process called Human Centred Design (HCD) (in conjunction with IDEO.org).

Competitive Advantage

We have immersed ourselves, ideas, designs and prototypes with MSMEs to ensure that our solution is and remains consistent with their ever evolving challenges, values, experiences, and needs. In comparison to our competitors, our strength lies in our primary focus to build bespoke solutions for MSMEs who continue to be sidelined by developers of procurement solutions. Existing solutions by competitors focus on the following: - TendersKenya: provides suppliers with alerts on available tenders at a fee. - TenderSoko: provides suppliers with alerts on available tenders at a fee and (on a needs basis) manual training at any additional fee. - mTenders Africa: provides supplier management services to the procuring entities. They do not provide a solution to suppliers. - Tendersure: provides bid management solutions to procuring entities. They act as agents to charge suppliers who want to access opportunities and then split this fee with the procuring entities.

The Team Behind the Innovation

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN AND YOUTH

Milestone

Mar 2019
Funds RaisedVERIFIED
$102,100
TITLEImproving youth access to government procurement opportunities in Kenya
FOCUS AREAS
Youth
Implemented InKenya
Jul 2020
Created
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Kenya