Our Story

Mark returns to Kenya from SV

"Africa is booming with young talent but lacking in support structures needed for enabling innovators and entrepreneurs to develop their ideas and build transformational enterprises."

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Impact Africa Network is launched

Our journey began around Mark’s apartment dining table with six wide eyed interns who were the very first cohort of what evolved to become our Innovation Fellowship program. Through it we have provided a life changing opportunity to more than 100 college graduates.

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The first startup from our studio is launched

Our 1st Ed startup, JENGA School was launched amidst a pandemic. We transitioned fully to WFH and learned how to scale our culture even with the distance between us.

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Traction

Innovation Fellowship program expands to 104 fellows working on 8 projects.

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Traction

Three of our homegrown startups attract venture funding.

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Creating impact

IAN startups have secured funding that has fuelled their rapid growth and success.

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Vision

Our vision is to develop 10 scale-ups, that provide 10K jobs , with a combined value of $10B by 2030.


The

10

Scale-ups

10K

Jobs

$10B

In value

Plan

The Team

People

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Mark Karake

Founder

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Paulina Lanco

CoS

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Njeri Ndung'u

Head of HR

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Shalom Nyende

Engineering Lead

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Ian Kiragu

Legal

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Eric Kihungi

Finance

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