Connecting Africa’s SME to the digital economy


Kago Kagichiri is the Global Head of Innovation for Sokowatch a tech company that revolutionizes access to essential goods and services by connecting small shops to the digital economy. It enables informal retailers to order products at any time via SMS ormobile app, and receive free same-day delivery to their store. This makes it easier for shopkeepers to source goods and helps manufacturers ensure that their products are consistently available to consumers.

He was previously the cofounder of Eneza Education, a learning platform supporting millions of 10-25 year olds, because I believe that young people are denied opportunities to leverage their technical skills, hunger to learn, their lack of bias and natural desire to change the world.

Kago has dedicated his life to implementing solutions that automate solutions to people’s problems at scale, especially for those will little or no prior technical skill. I’ve focused on plug-and-play solutions around “legacy” but extremely familiar technologies like SMS/USSD and Voice.

The founder of Jio the company in India, right? I think, Mukesh Ambani‘s big realization is that he saw that instead of trying to create super bespoke services for India what he did is he made internet as cheap as possible, and when he made internet dirt cheap, what effectively happened everyone started using Tik Tok, right? Everybody got on Facebook.

Kago Kagichiri

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