What does Somo stand for?
Somo is not an acronym but a Swahili word meaning lesson.
Somo means learning lessons.
Where are your offices located?
We have two hubs in Nairobi, one in Kibera and the other in Kayole, In Kisumu, we are located in Nyalenda. We are soon launching our Mombasa hub, for now, classes are online
We also have a production facility in Githurai that might also be used for training.
How can I get in touch with Somo
Email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call our office numbers
Kibera Office- 0798985151
What is the procedure to join Somo?
Step 1: Apply to Become an Entrepreneur
Step 2: Applicants shortlisting from the team
Step 3: Shortlisted applicants attend Business Plan workshops and interviews
Step 4: Interviews are conducted
Step 4: Successful trainees start the 12 weeks Buruka training
Step 5: Trainees pitching and graduation from Buruka on the last 12th week of the program
Step 6: Trainees Business Plan judging process commences
Step 7: Entrepreneurs’ Investment announcement
Step 8: Entrepreneurs attend Acceleration Onboarding
Step 9: Access to Inuka, Chanuka and Somo Duka
Is there an age limit to become an entrepreneur at Somo
We work with entrepreneurs from age18 onwards since it's a requirement to provide your National ID when you register a business and open a bank account.
How do we define a social impact business?
We define social impact according to the
Employment Demographic i.e single parents, women, at risk group employed,
Education i.e vocational/technical training for underserved groups, hours of education, scholarships provided and number of school partnered with
Health i.e Number of individuals trained on health-related topics, the amount of healthy food production, number of new clients introduced to health-related products/service and the number of organizations partnered with.
Environmental i.e clean energy substitution, water saved, sustainable agriculture, and waste reduced
What makes you different from any other accelerator in Nairobi?
What is unique about Somo is the holistic approach we take, the demographic we target, and the long-term commitment we make to entrepreneurs. We do not only trai,but we mentor,advise as well as fund by provision of tools to implement your idea.
What opportunities do you offer?
Become an Entrepreneur
Become an Advisor
Become a Fellow
Become a Supporter
Am interested in volunteering at Somo, how can I sign Up?