Unreasonable East Africa selects 2016 cohort

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The Unreasonable East Africa accelerator programme, which looks to assist ventures in the region building solutions to social and environmental problems, has selected 10 startups to make up its 2016 cohort.

The second Unreasonable East Africa programme took place last year, after the incubator picked 12 early-stage startups from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and South Sudan to take part.

Its latest cohort was selected from hundreds of applications from across East Africa. The startups include Kenya’s Bidhaa Sasa, which enables rural families to purchase affordable household products, smallholder farming value-add firm Inagape, East African SME capital provider Numida and Kenyan financial services company Credit Factory.

The list of completed by the Kyaninga Child Development Centre in Uganda, Tanzanian energy provider SimuSolar, Ugandan solar firm SoLight, Kenyan agri-tech startup FarmDrive, Kenyan animal feed provider Lisha Bora, and the Kenya-based Social Impact Institute Africa.

“They are innovating new technologies, transforming systems and pioneering new ways of thinking; we couldn’t be more excited to help them become even more Unreasonable,” Unreasonable East Africa said.

“Over the next couple of months, our team is going to be working really closely with all of them to get them what they need to grow.”

It is now possible to support the Unreasonable entrepreneurs in raising the costs of attending the programme, with all 10 startups now registered on the Unreasonable Marketplace crowdfunding platform.

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