This is our Virtual Office program which will give budding entrepreneurs, researchers, business persons and product development companies a space to experience professionalism, access facilities and host prototype tests focus groups etc.
The virtual office which consist of office work space (seats & workstation)
Vioslum is a creative centre which provides office working space (Virtual Offices) and Incubation programs (SCIIE).
1. Virtual Offices & Boardroom- your office detail covered!
A virtual office provides communication and address services that allow users to reduce traditional office costs while maintaining business professionalism. The 1st ever facility in a Kenyan Slum of its kind aims to develop a system of grass root based professional approach to youth in business. This is will give budding entrepreneurs, researchers, business persons and product development companies a space to experience professionalism, access facilities and host prototype tests focus groups etc.
- Professional address – A prestigious building to be used as the business address. A professional address alleviates the privacy and personal security concerns of running a home-based business.
- Mailing address – The professional address can be used for accepting, sending and forwarding mail without the connotations c/o since its personalized.
- Reception courtesies – Receptionists at the business address can receive and sign for incoming overnights, deliveries, packages and provide document drop-off/pick-up services.
- Business meeting space – The on-demand use (hourly, daily or weekly) of conference rooms and offices for meetings. Meeting space can often be rented at short notice.
- Casual workspace – As an alternative to the distractions of co-working or the interruptions of a home office, office space is available on an occasional or “drop-in” basis, either hourly, daily or monthly.
- Executive suite – A small percentage of VO users lease space full-time time.
- On-site amenities – Our full-service virtual office will provide broadband Internet, fax–copier–printer, advanced phone features, conference calling, video conferencing, kitchenette and a business-worthy lobby/waiting area.
- Live virtual receptionist – A virtual answering service is an automated system with a live virtual receptionist.
- Other services – Other services may include creation of a website, business cards, attorney consultations.
2. SCIIE (The Slumcode centre for innovation, incubation and entrepreneurship) – fostering innovation driven entrepreneurship
SCIIE has 6 major components:
(a). THE POWER OF IDEAS (POI)
The name borrowed from the book, How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas by David Bornstein (2007), POI is seeking to create a culture of innovation in the country by touching more lives. The programme aims at encouraging individuals with a business idea to come forward and connects them with relevant mentors and investors. This year, equipped with a superior degree of mentoring and a larger corpus of funds, The Slumcode’s Power of Ideas will make an even bigger impact than ever in the low income society as from this year.
In the last 7 years, The Slumcode Group has grown from being a youth group to a leader in the field of mentoring, guiding and making business ideas investor-ready for the youths that went through it. The greatest value The Slumcode Group will add to The Power of Ideas will be by way of their wide network of mentors and investors who will evaluate every single business idea received as part of the programme. The most deserving ideas will be given personalized mentoring. In the last phase, entrepreneurs who make it to the final cut-off will be taken through a ten-day period of intensive mentoring by SCIIE, as a residential programme at The SLIC lab.
As this unique public-private-academia partnership drives the spirit of innovation forward in Kenya, all those with an idea are invited to join the movement.
Over a period of 3 months, selected startups would undergo one on one mentoring, evaluation by experts and a 10 day intensive workshop
Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person. However, true mentoring is more than just answering occasional questions or providing ad hoc help. It is about an ongoing relationship of learning, dialogue, and challenge.
MentorEdge is an initiative by The Slumcode Group, Mentors and Experts across Kenya to provide hand-holding, mentoring and networking support to individuals and innovative start-ups. It is a structured network of mentors aimed at helping aspiring entrepreneurs through advisory support on various strategic and operational decisions.
MentorEdge helps create synergistic relationship between mentors and mentees. Catalyzed by The Slumcode Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship in October 2013, MentorEdge now has presence in our city- fostering entrepreneurship through advice and mentorship.
(c). ICT Incubstions
The program (IT accelerator) is three months long, residential, mentorship based and very intensive. Selected startups receive investment, infrastructure and business mentoring from iAccelerator ecosystem of experts, mentors, investors and enthusiasts. It ends with a big bang Demo Day – one day event where iAccelerator startups pitch to early stage angel and VC investors. On an average, iA startups meet and interact with 50+ investors during the program and on demo day.
Application for iAccelerator 2014 is now open. If you are a startup
- in Internet, Mobile domain, web based programs, software development & hardware maintenance
- at prototype, product or user acquisition stage
- requires Funding
- and mentoring from more than 50 entrepreneurs and functional experts
- wants guidance in securing angel/early VC round of funding
All the application submitted will go through preliminary screening by iAccelerator team. If we like your product/service idea and find it promising, we will get on call with you to discuss the business plan further. The Slumcode Group investor partners will also get involved at this point. Lastly, we will meet teams that impressed both us and our investor partners to take final decision to include your team/proposals part of iAccelerator 2014.
Following are the qualities that impress us the most:
- Team: we like working with determined individuals and teams who can use their creative imagination to devise solutions for the real world problems. we like flexibility in founding team to come up with the best business model for their solution in a given market scenario. Last but not the least, we dig fun loving teams with the right attitude.
- solid value proposition: we love products/services if its solving pain points of customer and provide immense value to them in our opinion, it is very important that you understand the problem in hand. We will assist you in making a wonderful product that will solve the problem competitively.
- Sustainable competitive advantage: it could be technology, business model or network effect, we want you to think about that from very beginning and put efforts toward sustaining it.
- Scalable business model: how capital efficient is your project? We generally like projects that have ability to grow multifold with respect to amount invested.
(d). Health incubation
This was formed to enable bold entrepreneurial ideas with potential to reduce the burden of disease across Kenya. The incubation recognizes high-impact models that propose innovative solutions which directly or indirectly address Kenya’s healthcare crisis. Entries may include, but are not limited to, innovations in service delivery, technology applications, health-related products, or mechanisms to address public health necessities such as potable water.
(e). The Slumcode foundation Workshops
The Slumcode foundation is launching a pioneering series of workshops focused on Ecosystem Development and Capacity Building for Social Enterprises in Kenya. These workshops aim at improving the support infrastructure for social enterprises & social incubation initiatives. Along with severe developmental issues plaguing society, there are increasing social and regional inequalities as well. Hence, social sector development needs a dramatic shift from the current traditional approaches taken by existing non-profit organizations and public institutions. This problem is compounded in the private sector, with even for-profit social enterprises often failing to attract capital at an early stage; thus leading to difficulties in rapid, scalable and sustainable growth. The initiative is aimed at educating enterprises and incubators on how these issues can be addressed effectively.
SCIIE carries out extensive academic research in the area of innovation, incubation and entrepreneurship – often published in the form of articles, research working papers and books. We aim at making the best practices available to aspiring entrepreneurs, innovators and policy makers.
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