Tell us about Kilimo IoT.
Started in 2020, Kilimo IoT is an Internet of things (IoT) company focused on revolutionising the agriculture industry.
We focus on cutting edge farming technologies and techniques such as glass house farming, hydroponics and aeroponics, building sensors and application systems that enable these techniques.
The company was started by Njirani Nganga and Benedict Odoom. Njiraini has a background in IoT. Benedict is a software expert who has built enterprise level software, deployed around the world for various industries. Both have a keen interest in transforming the agricultural sector by the use of affordable technology. The 2 came together in 2018 to discuss and formulate plans and ideas on what the best solutions might be for the agricultural sector and in January 2020, the company was born. Kilimo means “agriculture” in Swahili. Benedict now runs the company with Njiraini focusing on other ventures.
When did you start your business?
What's been your biggest highlight?
Getting past the POC stage of our product roadmap during the pandemic.
What's been your biggest challenge?
Our biggest challenge is the access to financial resources and building additional capacity within our team.
Advice for entrepreneurs starting out
The advice I would give other founders is to not be afraid to make the first move. This is because I believe taking that first step opens up other opportunities and avenues for you to grow, learn and keep refining what you want to offer the world.