Intel to Invest in Kenyan Developers

The world's leading semiconductor chip maker has chosen Kenya for its first investment in Africa. 

Posted: 06/20/2013 11:26 AM EDT

Kenya will be the first African country to receive a major investment from semiconductor giant Intel. Through the American company's Software and Services Group, entrepreneurs in the East African tech hub will benefit from customized programs aimed at improving Kenyan software developers.

This new initiative will provide developers with in-depth training, intensive coaching sessions and access to over 20,000 independent software vendors worldwide through the Intel Developer Zone. A collaboration with the University of Nairobi and Strathmore University will benefit student developers, equipping them with an enhanced curriculum, a student Developer Partner Program and more.

Three Kenyan technology startups will also receive Intel sponsorships for an online training and mentorship program led by University of California Berkeley faculty and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

The division will be led locally by Agatha Gikunda, the newly appointed head of SSG in East Africa. With this investment boost, Intel seeks to reach more than 400 developers and facilitate the development of 100 Intel-powered mobile applications in the next six months.

Having recently invested in two companies in South Africa and Ghana, Intel Capital — the global investment organization of Intel — will also be looking to invest in innovative Kenyan technology companies. The East African country continues to be identified as one of the top African countries to watch for in technology and innovation, earning Kenya the nickname "Silicon Savannah."

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