Our CEO, Head of Impact and Meteorological Advisor traveled to Arusha in Tanzania with a crew from the BBC including Dan Simmons, to film part of an episode on the world-renown technology show BBC Click. To our surprise the release of this episode was followed by a feature on the Business News section of the BBC website, leading to a positively overwhelming number of requests for our services across Africa and other parts of the world.
As a result of our feature in the BBC, Dai Clegg – Senior Associate and director of open-source software projects at EfD, has written a blog post about Kukua’s social impact oriented business model. He cleverly referred to it as “commercial operations [funding] philanthropy”.
Our co-founder and Chairman Tom Vanneste initially developed Kukua’s business plan at London Business School as part of an MBA project. After much support from the professors and fellow students at the University they even decided to publish about us in their magazine. In detail the foundations of Kukua’s business model and the problem we are trying to solve are explained.
As one of Kukua’s first partners, Eseye have always given tremendous support in the connectivity of our weather stations. Due to their innovative approach in providing SIM Cards for machine-to-machine data communication, Kukua can roll out weather stations in any country without having to alter the hardware, making us more flexible and standardizing our operations. They also promote Kukua on their website, giving additional exposure and demonstrating the quality of our product.
Our co-founder and COO Ollie Smeenk was invited to participate in the Get in the Ring startup battle in Nairobi, Kenya. The event was centered around the sustainable development goals of the United Nations and gave Kukua great exposure in the Kenyan business ecosystem as well as across the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A South African magazine approached Kukua with the request to publish about our technology and business model – a great compliment to our achievements. It has given us exposure in a new market with expansion opportunities for our company.
The Global Environment Facility conducted an extensive study across multiple African nations to identify the key needs in environmental monitoring and the negative effects that poor monitoring practice has on society. This study provides backing to our approach and has enabled us to address key issues as well as to get in contact with important players in the industry.