From playing Hockey to Fighting Crime, nothing can stop Catherine Kiguru
From her charming smile and her upbeat personality, it’s hard to tell the kinds of hardships that Catherine Kiguru has had to overcome. So, it’s no surprise that Catherine has already become an inspiration to those around her and the world is quickly taking notice. In the last few months, Catherine has been training users in Nigeria, and speaking at an event in Chicago. Although she didn’t become the professional hockey player she hoped, she’s still taking on new challenges like learning Karate and through her company’s app, fighting crime.
Kiguru was one of 18 entrepreneurs invited to infoDev’s Mobile Startup Camp—a one-week intensive course designed to accelerate the growth of early-stage mobile ventures and give them a chance to pitch before angel investors.
Shortly before graduation from the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus in 2012, Gaitrie Satnarain looked around and saw that there were very few experts in climate change technology operating in Suriname. So she became one herself by establishing GUS Climate Change Observer.
Though he started off with dreams of working for the US government or a DC think tank, Ben Lyon (@) quickly found himself an entrepreneur in East Africa thousands of miles away from home. It was a tough start- having spent a year and a half, pitching to over a hundred investors, but now, Kopo Kopo (@ )has grown to service 15,000 businesses across Kenya and has already processed over a million transactions.
In 2010, Judith Owigar formed Akirachix together with three other women and won an infoDev grant that same year. Of course, it hasn’t always been an easy journey for Judith, who has had to juggle survival with establishing her business. She hesitates when you ask her if she would do it all over again because the money hasn’t always been there. However, seeing the girl’s excitement when they’re learning about technology is what has kept her going.
Her goal when she was a child was to be successful and today that is slowly becoming a reality.