mLab East Africa, hosted in part by Nairobi’s iHub, provides local mobile and tech startups with the business incubation resources they need to develop their products and turn them into companies with growth potential. It is part of the "Creating Sustainable Businesses" program, which assists technology-focused small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to grow jobs, enhance capacity and skills, have access to finance and markets, and test out innovative solutions in developing country markets.
Minister Hautala also plans to meet with representatives from M-Farm, one of the current incubatees of mLab East Africa. M-Farm sends subscriber farmers real-time crop prices and market information via SMS, connecting them directly with food exporters and curbing extortion by corrupt intermediaries.
M-Farm currently reaches more than 2,000 farmers in Kenya, including many female smallholders, and has won several international awards.