winners eac grand finale

EAC Regional Grand Finale Winners

On Thursday, 26 May 2022 we celebrated 12 digital innovations from 6 East-African Countries and cheered together with the East African Innovation Ecosystem as 12 finalists pitched their ideas to the EAC grand finale Jury.

The event will be hosted in Kampala, Uganda, at Media Challenge Initiative. But also broadcasted live via Zoom live stream.

During the Grand Finale, each of the 12 teams had five (5) minutes to present their ideas to the Jury and presented their solutions, and their financial asking. After, the judges had 5 minutes to ask any clarification questions or share insights and feedback with the team.

A total of USD 10,000 was awarded to five selected winning teams. Below are the EAC regional grand finale winners.

BEYI Group by Abayisenga Enock (Rwanda)


BEYI Group manufactures and provides rice planting machines that are used in planting rice to help rice farmers to reduce losses brought by traditional planting methods. The machine uses solar to charge and can transplant rice automatically without an operator, BEYI Group is helping local farmers to reduce labor costs and farm efficiently.

Smart Water Meter by Ndayisenga Gilbert (Rwanda)

smart water meter

Smart Water Meter is an innovation that monitors water consumption through its digital water monitoring platform, predicts water demand, and provides real-time notifications. The water meter is installed in households to count and provide real-time water usage and provide a dashboard for water management and water demand prediction. The water meter also sends notifications to the users in real-time, showing how much water they are using.

Smart Water Meter also scooped the audience. Selected by the online viewers.

Stofresh by Charles Oyamo (Kenya)


Stofresh is a “store and sells” solution for smallholder farmers that gives them access to shared cold storage facilities and a market via USSD technology. Charles Oyamo and the team charge farmers to store their produce and are also building a sales commission model for vendors on our platform.

Nileboda, by Suzanne Gideon (South Sudan)


NileBoda is a South Sudanese Ride-Hailing company that focuses on conveying passengers between locations of their choices on a motorbike safely by using the innovative solution, Nile Boda is also designing an asset financing program that provides an opportunity to young people to lease motorbikes to work as riders.

Kawu, by Steven Kakooza (Uganda)


Kawu is a 5D approach that addresses money transfer, safe expenditure, and savings challenges amongst students. Not having access to money can be daunting for students, especially in an emergency at school, and as well safely managing petty cash. Using Kawu smart cards, parents and guardians can now transfer funds to students. The innovation also offers alternative sources of income to the school staff that acts as money transfer agents.

Selected Bootcamp Participants for Kenya

We are glad to announce the 10 participants from Kenya that have qualified for the national bootcamps and pitch events that are set to start on 28th March 2022. The bootcamps are the third phase of the  Digital Innovations for Business Resilience in the East African Community, a program under the dSkills@EA project.

This program aims to support young innovators at universities in the East African Community to develop and implement digital innovations for business resilience in the times of Covid-19. It started with a call for applications from 24th January 2022 to 21st February 2022. Successful applicants then entered the Ideathon phase which ran from 25th February 2022 to 7th March 2022. Read more about the program here.   

 The 10 participants that advanced to the Bootcamp phase were selected by a combination of country leads and experts using the selection criteria defined here.  

Here are the selected participants that advanced to the Bootcamp stage in Kenya.  

Easy Home by Benaiah Wepundi

Easy Home is a digital innovation that provides property owners with a platform to list their properties, screen tenants based on data that we provide and manage their properties. 

AstraPark by Nirel Kadzo

AstraPark is a B2B solution for real estate developers with parking assets and a B2C solution where individuals can book parking spaces. 

Scan and Go by Joy Nafula

Scan and Go allows users to buy goods by scanning items in a supermarket.

GAO-UG Ltd by Akejo Gordon Victor

GAO-UG is an app where farmers are able to order agriculture inputs and farm tools which are delivered straight to their doorstep. 

TOW N’MECH by Eric Kiverenge

TOW N’MECH is a digital innovation that can pinpoint the location of motorists and the nearest auto service station so that they can get assistance. 

Juba Street WiFi by Abraham Nyuon

Juba Street WiFi is an innovation that will set up WiFi hotspots on the streets of Juba. Users can pay for a voucher using mobile money, receive a code to use as a password and then access the WiFi.

Gwiji by Elizabeth Mwangi

Gwiji is a digital platform that connects casual cleaners to their clients through a mobile app.

Cattle Rustling by Flavian Anselmo

Cattle Rustling is an innovation that is able to track the location of animals using a device that is embedded in the animal’s collar.

4Farm(ER) by Sonia Claire

This innovation is a dry store plant with automatic testing. Drying and storage chambers. Farmers can bring their produce after harvesting for drying and storage for a fee. 

Imapct Farm by Charles Oyamo

Impact Farm is a grocery delivery service that delivers fresh groceries in under 30 minutes from a network of small scale farmers. 

What is next?  

 The Kenya Bootcamp phase will begin on 28th March 2022 and will be held at Strathmore University. This phase will end with a pitch event on 2nd April 2022 at Daystar University where the top two participants to represent Kenya at the regional grand finale will be selected. You can join the event as a member of the online audience by registering here