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Nevile Masheti (1st runner-up, LoS Awards 2014)

Neville Masheti -1st runners-up LoS Awards Challenge 2014

I began as an intern for a software development company in January 2015 and this enabled me to perfect my technical skills. As I did the internship, I worked on my personal projects as a side hustle and in August 2015, I decided to quit internship and venture into techpreneurship.
In September 2015, I registered my Limited Liability Company under the name MOBIWECRAFT LIMITED with the registration number CPR/2015/206795, which got incorporated in the same month 2015. Mobiwecraft Ltd. is a software development company whose mission is to develop of mobile and web based business management solutions. It is based on a scalable, repeatable and self-sustainable business model. The main focus of Mobiwecraft Ltd is developing products that are self sustainable rather than chasing tenders.
Immediately after the company registration, I began to fine tune my products, so as to make them ready for the market and within the same month, I had KSLMoby and MatQ ready for the market.
KSLMoby is a mobile app that offers knowledge on Kenyan sign language to those interested in learning the language. It also provides an avenue for sign language interpreters to market themselves and get connected their market. The app also has a game with two puzzles whereby completion of these puzzles will determine how well the user understood basic sign language. Through this app, Kenyans can be able to learn basic & necessary sign language, communicate with the deaf better and possibly easily incorporate them in a society that makes them less disadvantaged.

I presented KSLMoby to the Lions of Science (LoS) Awards challenge 2014 which is held annually inorder to promote young African university and college students, who have innovative ideas in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). I emerged the first runner-up for the LoS Awards challenge 2014 and won prize money which allowed me to better my project.

Towards the end of September 2015, I got the privilege to pitch MatQ (an application used for revenue collection for Matatu Saccos) in a hackathon sponsored by UN-Habitat. Fortunately, I emerged the winner and got the opportunity to pitch the product on a regional platform in Rwanda as well as mentorship & coaching at ilab Africa in Strathmore University. MatQ, is already on the market and I am now marketing it to various matatu saccos.
Later, I pivoted KSLMoby to SOLPROP instead of just marketing the sign language interpreters. I decided to focus on all Sole Proprietors, hence renaming it SOLPROP.  this offers a wider market and scope and thus I advanced KSLMoby to SOLPROP.
SOLPROP is now a mobile and web based platform for linking Sole proprietors with their clients as well as providing them a platform for managing business records & transactions. Sole proprietorship refers to a one person business. This includes a sign language translator, plumber, electrician, carpenter, TV installer, gardener, mechanic, painter, home cleaner, tailor, gas supplier etc. On the web, a sole proprietor will be to create an account and upload his/her profile and though the app one can be able to view the sole proprietors within his locality and contact him/her. Currently SOLPROP is still under development.

I really appreciate the seed-funding and support from LoS to develop into a successful innovator.



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