Published on: Sep 27, 2018

Every day VC4 has new programs that startups can enroll in.  Here is a list of programs that you’d be interested in. Follow the link for more; VC4


HIVE is a 6-month residency program hosting 20 young artists and creators from all over the world. This team of young creatives form a collaborative expedition to explore and hack the future, developing concrete solutions applied to universal issues. Energy, oceans, mobility, education, quality of life… are the kind of challenges. 5 functional prototypes will be the result of the residency. Art pieces, interactive experiences, technological solutions, social innovations, everything is possible as long as your project contribute to a more desirable future and as you work in a collaborative way!

So, if you are artists, makers, coders, engineers, innovation managers, research scientists or a combination of these, if you want to live a multicultural experience of collaborative creation, apply now! Degrees are not a requirement––self-taught candidates welcome!


The Grindstone Accelerator is a structured entrepreneurship development programme that assists high-growth innovation-driven companies to become sustainable and fundable. Grindstone supplies 10 companies annually with knowledge, networks and funding readiness through growth measurement, gap analysis and deep interventions designed to build a foundation for growth, transfer skills, create relevant business networks and enable these companies to take advantage of market access opportunities.

Business support resources and services will include elements of training, corporate advisory, coaching, mentorship and funding. Specific interventions for each company include doing a YueDiligence assessment, building a partner universe, developing pitch decks and teaser documents, financial modelling, intellectual property assessment, strategic and financial valuation as well as populating a data room.

In addition to Knife Capital’s Funding Readiness Course: Find-Make-Grow-Realise, there will be 6 x 1-day workshops over the year…

  1. Culture & Strategy

  2. Sales & Marketing

  3. Market Positioning & Messaging

  4. IP, Product & Technical

  5. Finance, Valuation and Exit

  6. Legal compliance & HR

Through Grindstone, Knife Capital forms long-term partnerships with scale-up entrepreneurs for a shared upside. The business model is a combination of a capital growth incentive from investing in some participating companies cultivated through the programme (on arms-length funding terms), and market-related transaction fees if a third-party investment is secured. Programme partners contribute in services, time and sponsorship. Partners include ENSafricaFNB BusinessM&C Saatchi Abel, Billybo Group, Think room, MPULL Marketing and Creative CFO.


Brief i-Boot Camp Overview:

Today, the internet has not only become a necessity, but has become a window of opportunity for innovation, progress, and change. Currently, Africa has 167 million internet users, predominately youth, who are using the internet as a tool for growth, leading to a better future. As the number of internet users continues to grow astronomically, going digital will bring about benefits for youth, in particular, more access to education, health care, public services and more opportunities to start effective enterprises. At this year’s YALDA i-Boot Camp, youth will be able to propose innovative strategies beyond conventional approaches that take into consideration rapid digitisation for implementing their ideas.  They will leave with the tools and mindset that will enable them to build viable and sustainable enterprises across African borders thereby enhancing rapid digitization from the bottom-up and interconnectivity in Africa, ultimately contributing to the prosperity of our African continent!


Discover Creative Organizations: Creative Business Cup

Published on: Sep 17, 2018

The Creative Business Cup, founded by Rasmus Tscherning in Denmark in 2010, is a global initiative promoting creativity and innovation. It connects creative entrepreneurs with investors, corporates and governing bodies in need of radical transformation for the benefit of business and society. The Creative Business Cup is held in over 70 countries each year and has a strong presence in at least 11 African countries with the Global Finals held every end of the year. Its objective is to empower entrepreneurs in the creative industries, connect them to investors and global markets and strengthen their innovative capabilities to the benefit of industry and society

This past week, the summit came to Kenya to find a creative business that would compete in the grand Creative Business Cup finals in Denmark.

Junior Achievement (JA) Kenya partnered with GEN Kenya, NIC Bank and BLAZE by Safaricom to hold the maiden Creative Business Cup Africa Summit in Nairobi. The two-day summit, which was held at the Strathmore University and Metta Nairobi, aimed to promote the creative economy by bringing together an extensive network of creative minds, government, policy makers, businesses, investors and academia to engage in discourse and spark action that will tap into the potential presented by this economy.

As more youth around the world embrace unconventional careers in sectors such as performing and visual arts, heritage, printed, audiovisual and new media, design and creative services, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has defined the creative economy as an emerging concept dealing with the interface between creativity, culture, economics and technology in a contemporary world, which is dominated by images, sounds, texts and symbols.

Globally, the creative economy is estimated to have created 30 million jobs, generated over 2.2 trillion USD in revenues and is the number one source for the global digital economy. It has been identified as a potential driver of economic growth in developing economies, and a viable solution to some of Kenya’s most pressing issues, some of which the Kenyan government hopes to address through its Big Four Agenda.

The Creative Business Cup Africa Summit was held on 12th and 13th September and featured regional leaders in the creative industries such as a prolific creative industries speaker David Parrish, LazyTown Founder Magnus Scheving, Funkidz CEO and Founder Wanjiru Waithaka, Youth Development Fund Chairman Ronald Osumba, and BLAZE mentors Abel Mutua (actor, scriptwriter) and Caleb Karuga (agropreneur). The two-day event also included master classes in creativity, a boot camp and a pitching competition to select the winner for the Creative Business Cup who will represent the region at the Global Finals in Copenhagen, Denmark on 26th-27th November, 2018.





Published on: Sep 17, 2018


After a successful week-long public screenings to communities in Kakuma and Daadab refugee camp, the annual FilmAid festival is back in Nairobi . The festival in its 11th year is set to showcase films and hold panel discussions with various stakeholders in the film industry and humanitarian organisations from 17th to 22nd September in Nairobi. This will be followed by the highlight of the festival – FilmAid Festival Award gala dinner.

This years showcase will include screening of 50 selected films in strategic areas within Nairobi targeting urban refugees, Kenyans as well as the international community. This year, the festival received over 1400 submission from creative storytellers, artists, filmmakers, journalists and photographers across the globe.

Speaking on the project, FilmAid Executive Director said, We are thrilled with the submissions we got this year, the numbers improved significantly and this shows our commitment and vision of informing, inspiring and empowering refugees and marginalized populations is bearing fruit.

This year’s theme for the festival is My story. My voice. Your move.” a non-confrontational demand for dialogue, and is a self-confident assertion that refugee voices be included in any dialogue about their lives and their future. The theme also captures the dynamism, determination and ‘swag’ of FilmAid’s remarkable Media Training Class of 2018.

The film festival is held annually and it strives to fulfill FilmAid’s vision of informing, inspiring and empowering refugees and other marginalized populations throughout the world. Through FilmAid’s extensive programming in Nairobi, Kakuma and Daadab, each year, FilmAid is able to train, support and empower more than 100 refugee youth to tell their own stories through the power of film.

This year’s festival will see around 14 student films from Kakuma and Daadab showcased. These include 6 fiction films and 8 documentaries. The refugee films will additionally be shared through FilmAid’s online platforms, including the website, YouTube, Vimeo and linked through social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), and international film festivals.


Discover: Mercy Bilha Ng’endo MakeUp Artist

Published on: Sep 17, 2018

1) What is your favorite quote?
Hard work is the key to success, and keys open doors
2) What would the closest person in your life say if we asked them, “What is the one characteristic that they totally dig about you, and the one that drives them insane?”
The positive energy she has towards life and almost everything, it’s contagious. A quick learner, ability to accommodate all kinds of people and work with them smoothly.

3) Can you tell us the story of your prior successes, challenges and major responsibilities?
My success story is a journey of a thousand miles which I risked taking that 1st step that has got my business, art and skill to where I am right now. The journey is not over yet. I’m still learning and discovering new things that are a big contribution to my growth, sieving the positive from the negative, Positive vibes only. I have had challenges as well, especially growing my business, where no one believes in it so it’s a struggle to make people see and understand your vision. It was draining because at some point we need support. At this point I thank God for where I am and a major responsibility I have is to keep my head high and keep the art alive. People are watching and there are those following lead.
4) Tell us about a time you almost gave up and how you felt about that, and what you did instead of giving up.
This is a story I share to give hope. While I was starting out as a Makeup Artist, I was really passionate and I could work every chance I got, to help improve my skill besides other things. Sometime those chances didn’t come and could go for weeks without working. I remember a time I went for a whole month with no work and that is when I actually gave up. I went to look for a job since I’m also a graphic designer but on every interview I went to, I would really think about makeup and something inside me kept pulling me back. While awaiting on feedback from interviews I went to, things on this other side started looking up. I improved myself, my skill and till date I have never looked back.

5) What is your biggest motivation?
Not knowing what tomorrow holds so I give my best and all today.
6) Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
I am an ambivert
7) What would someone who doesn’t like you say about you?
They wouldn’t like my guts
8) We are celebrating our first anniversary, what achievements are you celebrating this year?
I watched an international award winning feature film that I worked on.

Check Out her past feature in BE Afrika Discovered digital creative magazine here



Published on: Sep 17, 2018

It’s been exactly a year since we published our first issue with Pinky Gelani as our cover. We all appreciate her confidence in us. Our magazine didn’t have a confirmed name at the time, just a plan and a dedicated passionate team. From Pinky, to Avril to our most recent cover, we have always tried to do our best with limited resources but limitless dedication. We didn’t want to fail, so whenever we felt that we were about to give up we reminded ourselves that we didn’t want to fail. The thing is, if you keep trying, even if you don’t hit your target on the first, second, or hundredth time, you only fail if you stop working at it.

“I think it’s okay to feel lost in your life. I think it’s okay not to reach that final goal (in your life). You may earn things while being lost or could make something out of it through the emotions you feel. I think it should be your judgement. You don’t have to make someone else judge the satisfaction of your life. I hope that you don’t feel too anxious about feeling lost in your life.” KJH

We have a bunch of plans, goals and no resources except ourselves. We try not to look at the negative side of things, but we are confident that our hard work will pay off in the end. It’s definite that every creative faces that breaking point every day in their career, but it’s how you handle that one of countless moments that will determine your success in the future.

Our very first cover on our first pilot issue

The lack of local financial support is a major impediment to the growth of Africa’s creative economy. According to the UNESCO report, financial institutions are rarely at ease with the sector’s innovation-driven character, notably when its copyright content is high. Venture capitalists, if they exist, are not interested in providing small loans and have a tendency to control rights so that remuneration to producers is lower. The business sector still provides only limited support and in any case prefers larger organizations. Governmental financing is also limited and its grant-based models often lead to unsustainable, subsidy-dependent development. In its Creative Economy Report 2008 UNCTAD observed that businesses in the creative sector face capital rationing at all stages. Start-up financing is often difficult to access because of the uncertain prospects in markets for creative products; forecasting demand for creative goods such as films is generally more difficult than for more standardized products so public and private investors often look upon projects in these areas as too high risk.

Pilot #2 cover with Avril and Pinky. Cover art by Reynolds Mungai

In 2019, we will be launching a project just like Be Afrika Discovered, where it will heavily rely on community. It will be the first step to all our shared dream: lack of resources and financial support in the creative industry becoming a thing of the past.

Till then always remember, to work hard for you and it will benefit your community.

We will be featuring one Creative and an Organization or City a day during this, our anniversary month, to give updates on where they are now and their current projects… Stay and Discovered African Creatives!

Check out all our issues to date here



Something new is coming up, and its all about Creative Pride!

Published on: Sep 10, 2018

Pride: Brotherhood is an all-acoustic music concert and art exhibition event designed to serve the youth, engaging them through original art concepts and music to invoke and sustain integritypatriotism and supportinclusive to all; to connect, share and inspire economic empowerment and talent nurturing.

Activities during the event include:

  • Exhibition of creative works: original acoustic music and art: paint, sculptures and craft.
  • Inciting positive attitude towards youth hustle; businesses and entrepreneurship.
  • Advertisements and awareness creation covered by partnering African and International media companies.

The Event provides an avenue for:

  • Selling music and art merchandise
  • Exhibition of raw artistic talent
  • Advertisement of youthful enterprises
  • Information hub on how to start and maintain a hustle
  • Business and social networking

Pride:Brotherhood concert event enables Youths who work towards the betterment of their fellow country-men to meet, identify and appreciate their efforts, sharing their success and challenges while being entertained by exceptional art within African and international contexts.

Participation is Exclusive

Please contact us for more information

For Youths interested in showcasing their Music, Art (paintings, sculptures or Crafts) or run Projected advertisements of their Businesses during the event, please end interest to


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