General FAQs

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 contact@somoafrica.org or call our office numbers
Kibera Office- 0798985151
Kayole Office-0768825370
Kisumu Office
Mombasa Office
Tengeneza Space

How do we define a social impact business?

  • 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?

  • Somo academy
  • Somo Invest
  • Somo Channel

Outreach FAQs

What are the criteria to join Somo?

We look for social businesses that

  • Impact their communities in either Health, Education,empowerment and Environment
  • Sustainable
  • Scalable
  • Unique
  • Have community impact

What if my business is just an idea

Somo works with inspiring social entrepreneurs either with an existing business or a business at an idea stage as well as the start-ups

How can I join if my business is not in Nairobi?

You can join the program from our two branches, Mombasa and Kisumu

Will I be funded after completing the training?

Funding is not guaranteed. Our panel of judges will select businesses based on social impact. Sustainability and scalability to receive funding. The funds are released based on the needs of your business.

Can I apply with two business ideas?

If you have two business ideas you would like to start, Apply with the one that meets our criteria to join the training program and later graduate to the acceleration program.1 applicant 1 business idea

If one is not funded, can you avail other funding avenues?

We do not provide other funding avenues to entrepreneurs who did not qualify for funding from our training program but you can check out online for similar organizations that do something similar.

Training FAQs