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Blog Awards winners’ gala event set for May 2nd 2015

The Bloggers Association of Kenya (BAKE), has announced the dates for this year’s Kenyan Blog Awards that will culminate in a winners’ gala event on Saturday, 2nd May 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi.

The annual event singles out bloggers with great creative and innovative, useful and regular content and posts.

This year’s awards themed “Content is King” will bring together various online content creators including corporate organizations, celebrities, SMEs, county governments, and national government agencies for an evening to celebrate the growth of the Kenya blogging space.

The awards will fete bloggers in 18 categories; technology, photography, creative writing, business, food, environmental, agriculture, fashion, politics, sports, topical, corporate, Lifestyle/Entertainment, Travel, New Blog, County, Education, Health & the Kenyan Blog of the Year. Over 1800 blogs were submitted and people are still voting for their favourite Kenyan blogs in the competition till April 30th 2015 at www.blogawards.co.ke/vote.     BAKE_logo-672x320

Airtel Kenya are the Gold sponsors of this year’s Kenyan Blog Awards. Commenting on this year’s awards, Airtel Kenya CEO Adil El Youssefi said that Airtel recognizes the crucial role that Kenyan bloggers continue to play in providing real-time information through their exceptional creativity and in-depth insightful writing which is important in creating an informed society.

“As more blogs emerge as a source of vital information, Airtel will continue to continue to ensure that Kenyans from all walks of life increasingly access the internet by offering data services such as #unlimiNET that continues to give them the freedom to make #UnlimitedConnections with their favorite blogs,” added Mr. El Youssefi.

BAKE Chairman Kennedy Kachwanya added “BAKE is extremely happy with the reception this year’s awards has received both from Kenyan bloggers and the public. We are also grateful for the support that we have received from our partners especially our Gold sponsors Airtel Kenya. We can’t wait for the winners’ announcement at the May 2nd event. Good luck to all the nominees.”


iDEA Is Launching A Mentoring Programme For Technology Startups
   
After introducing FAST, an entrepreneurship acceleration programme for technology startups in February this year, government-backed, not-for-profit organisation, iDEA is set to launch GEM, a mentoring programme for startup founders.

Since it was founded in 2013, the Information Technology Developers Entrepreneurship Accelerator (iDEA) has been supporting the development of indigenous skills and capabilities in software development by way of physical workspace, shared facilities, training, mentoring and access to capital.

Because young companies are particularly vulnerable in their early years and software start-ups in particular tend to attract technology professionals with little business experience, the mentoring programme which launches on May 22 aims to assist the next generation of technology start-ups and new businesses unlock their potentials for success by connecting them to a pool of knowledgeable and successful mentors.

Through the mentoring relationship, mentors have the opportunity to guide young entrepreneurs, share experiences, knowledge, and skills as well as give back and directly influence the prosperity of these small businesses.

So if you’re an experienced entrepreneur, industry expert, executive, professional or consultant, who can commit to and give some of your time, support, advice and insight to assist these start-ups in their entrepreneurial journeys, you can join the GEM mentoring programme, by registering on the GEM Mentor website.

“Now I know that you may not have a lot of time in your schedule, but I promise you that mentoring a startup would be one of the most rewarding things you would ever do,” says Helen Anatogu, Chief Executive Officer of iDEA. “And there is some fulfillment in that, so I’m hoping that you would take up this offer from iDEA and mentor our startups,” she added.