Mashable describes a Start Up company as a company set up to test business models developed around new ideas. Typically they have fewer than fifty employees. They are usually made up of developers and designers – people who write code and those who can design a consumer-friendly interface. Once funded, startups can grow quickly while maintaining low costs and limited labor.
This month, we feature student start up innovations by asking them only four core questions: The Innovation, The problem it solves, The start up resources used, and how it creates job employment.
This week, we feature TasKwetu,an Online task management and tracking platform that is designed for task creators to easily get tasks done fast, reliably and affordably. We hope you like what you read 🙂
1. What is the innovation?
Taskwetu is an innovative online errand running, tracking and project management platform that offers professional yet personalized task-management and tracking services to support our Kenyan Diaspora community. Our services are also open to our local Kenyans
Through our website (www.taskwetu.com), we offer a transparent & easy-to-access project tracking system that gives our clients perfect peace of mind to undertake their tasks –big or small – conveniently and affordable back in Kenya.
2. What problem does it solve?
We solve the problem of money & time wastage faced by Kenyans in the Diaspora
It’s no new story that Kenyans in the Diaspora have been conned out of their life savings by people they trust. This painful experience makes them think twice about investing back home. They tend to ask their friends or relatives to help them out forgetting that they are people who also have their 8-5 jobs and their personal affairs to manage as well.
Secondly, with this trying economy, it is expensive and time consuming for Kenyans in the Diaspora to keep traveling back and forth just to run their errands, so we thought an independent body that helps them realize their investments and manage their affairs away from home through transparency would solve these problems.
3. What start up resources did you use?
Some of the resources used were easily accessible:
• Internet has been our biggest resource since our platform is online based.
• Incubation centers such as NEVA-USIU that offered us an interactive space and basic amenities such as Wi-Fi among others. Nairobi Accelerators (Nailab) offered to take us in, nature the idea, source for capital and occasional business training. They are currently one of our partners & investors.
4. How has it (the start-up) contributed to the creation of job employment?
We have managed to create employment for 3 people so far: ZamZam Rashid (Administrative Manager) Ivy Mburu (Marketing and Public relations Manager) and James Mwangi (Legal Intern), We hope to create a bigger avenue of ememployment in the near future as we continue to grow.
You can follow them on Facebook as TasKwetu.