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3 startups from the mLab make CIO top 100

By Jessica Colaço
iHub
  Published 01 Dec 2011
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3 startups from the mLab make CIO top 100

Kenya Education Network (KENET) are this years winners of the prestigious CIO 100 Annual Awards. KENET offers Internet connectivity to educational institution in addition to linking them with a research network. The CIO East Africa CIO 100 annual awardsrecognizeinstitutions that deploy ICT in an innovative manner while bringing out business value at the same time. KENET's entry into the awards . The award was issued on Wednesday evening at a special gala and dinner ceremony hosted by CIO East Africa at the Safari Park Hotel.

KENET received the award for their project that seeks to provide Internet connectivity to educational institutions. KENET through several partners has invested more than Ksh. 10 million on the project and is already getting return on investment in less than three years. KENET has six Internet points of presence (POPs) connecting over 61 learning institutions in Kenya. KENET also has a solution that allows members from one institution to roam on Internet networks of other institutions at no fee.

The first runners up at the awards was Eat Out Kenya. Eat Out was founded by WebSimba in 2009 and aims to "revolutionizethe eating experience for both diners and restaurants . "Eat Out wasrecognizedfor their project that has seen many restaurants having an online presence where diners can browse through menus and make restaurant bookings. With over 250 listed restaurants, the site's traffic has grown from under 5,000 visitors per month in January 2010 to more than 50,000 visitors at the moment. Eat Out was deployed in about 12 months with an aim to achieve return on investment in six months. The project has already achieved its return on investment.

Started in 1987 and offering 75,000 products to over 200,000 customers a day, Nakumatt Holdings was able to scoop second runners up. Started in July 2005, Nakumatt's winning project was titled "IT enabled miscellaneous products and services". The project offers services such as: electronic airtime distribution and dispensing from Tills; Utility bill collection for services such as Safaricom's Post Paid and Nairobi Water; Cash back (bank withdrawal) at tills for Equity Customers. The projected was deployed over a six month duration and has been able to achieve return on investment.

A full list of the top 100 firmsrecognizedat the CIO 100 awards for their innovative use of ICT is as below.

1 Kenya Education Network (KENET)

2 Eat Out Kenya

3 Nakumatt Holdings Limited

4 MobiKash Afrika Lmited

5 Usalama Innovative Systems

6 Nuru East Africa Ltd

7 Shimba Technologies Ltd

8 Kenya AIrways

9 Safaricom Limited

10 Equity Bank Limited

11 Directorate of e-Government

12 Royal Media

13 Virtual City Ltd

14 Propertyzote.com

15 United States International University

16 Kenya Revenue Authority

17 Airtel Africa

18 Technology Associates EA Limited

19 Seven Seas Technologies

20 Vision Group

21 mPedigree Network Kenya

22 Compulynx Limited

23 Waste Electrical & Eectronic Equipment Centre

24 Ethiopix Technology Lab

25 British American Insurance Company (K) Limited

26 SISDO organization

27 Kenya Forestry Service

28 KEPHIS (Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate)

29 World Vision Kenya

30 Kickstart

31 Directorate of e-Government

32 Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN)

33 Kenya Institute Of Education

34 Zege Technologies Limited

35 AskADoc

36 Juja St Peters School

37 Kenya Airports Parking services

38 Interconsumer Products Limited (Nice & Lovely)

39 Makini School Limited

40 Sarova Hotels Limited (e-commerce)

41 BTI Milmann Limited

42 CFAO Motors Tanzania Limited

43 Crystalint Media

44 Britania Allied Industries Ltd

45 Uganda Baati Ltd

46 Directorate of e-Government

47 Pluspeople Kenya ltd.

48 Public Complaints Standing Committee

49 Rafiki Deposit Taking Microfinance

50 IFMIS Department - Ministry Of Finance

51 National ICT Innovation and Integration Centre

52 Webmasters Africa Limited

53 PZ Cussons EA Ltd

54 Bavaria Auto

55 SalesIn4

56 Enterprise Information Management Solutions Limited

57 Sumaria Group

58 Somesha Limited

59 Craft Silicon Foundation

60 Postal Corporation of Kenya

61 Makerere University - Luo Translation Team (Uganda) COCIS

62 AccessKenya Group

63 Techno Brain BPO ITES Ltd.

64 MTN Business Kenya Limited

65 Africa Broadcasting (U) Ltd

66 CWRC-Community Wireless Research Center

67 Kabarak University

68 University of Nairobi

69 CIC Insurance Ggroup Limited

70 Wasp Africa Ltd

71 Kulture Store

72 Nairobi Stock Exchange

73 Attain Enterprise Solutions Ltd

74 Globetrack Intertional Limited

75 Simba Corporation

76 Kenya Methodist University

77 GESTALT GILD

78 REAL Insurance Co Ltd

79 Paradise Safari Park Hotel

80 Chase Bank (K) Ltd

81 National Housing and Construction Company

82 Billionare Fund Ltd

83 Greenbell Communications Ltd

84 African Council for Distance Education

85 Belladonn Pharmacy Ltd

86 Kenya Institute of Management

87 Silafrica Limted

88 Uganda Revenue Authority

89 Best Tech System

90 Farm Engineering Industries Ltd

91 Farmers Choice Limited

92 Alliance High School

93 Family Bank Ltd

94 Sameer Africa Limited

95 DHL Express

96 Dutch Quality systems

97 ESBC Ltd

98 Jimcab Services Ltd

99 Scangroup Ltd

100 Shumuk Aluminium Industries Ltd

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