Juliana Rotich, who has been involved in Kenya’s tech, entrepreneurship and startup scene for a couple years, has joined Africa Technology Ventures (ATV) as a Venture Partner.
Ms Rotich is globally recognized as a technologist, strategic advisor, entrepreneur, futurist, and keynote speaker.
Africa Technology Ventures (ATV) focuses on three core technology markets – IT, Healthcare and Cleantech ad has already raised more than US $1.6 billion to fund new ideas and help create market leaders. AVT is currently raising a US $50 million fund to invest in and support the growth of tech enabled start-ups in key sectors in East and West Africa.
Announcing the development via her blog –afromusing – she stated: “We are raising investment for a US $50 million venture capital fund (“Africa Technology Ventures” or “ATV”) alongside an enterprise development facility, which will invest in and support the growth of tech enabled start-ups in East Africa and Nigeria; that have the potential to scale and create value in key sectors including Agriculture, Consumer, Education, Energy, Financial Services and Healthcare. The Fund will be based in Nairobi and Lagos and brings together a team of experienced international and local tech entrepreneurs, investors and advisors.”
Ms Rotich is on the founding team of BRCK, a hardware company that developed the BRCK mobile WiFi device which connects people and things to the internet in areas of the world with poor infrastructure. The company also makes other rugged solutions for emerging markets. She is also the co-founder of Ushahidi, a non-profit tech company, which specializes in developing free and open source software for changing how information flows in the world. Ushahidi has been translated into over 30 languages, has over 90,000 deployments and a 20-million people reach.