Background: Kelvin is one of our newer members at Bongohive. He is best known around here for his startup YandApps. Having grown up in Zambia, Kelvin spent a lot of time between different provinces. He went on to study Theology in Kenya and spent some time in South Africa afterwards. He recently decided to return to Zambia to explore business opportunities. During his studies, he took interest in observing modern technologies and began to explore the field of web development. He has also been recently nominated as one of Lusaka’s 10 Global Shapers.
What drew you to technology? I think it was the movies I watched (eg. Terminator). Besides the fiction, I always hoped the things I saw could become real. Overall, I’ve always wanted to create, and technology seems to simplify that for me. What made you realize you had what it takes to be an entrepreneur? I first realised I had it when I shared a business idea with a friend in high school. I told him to buy sweets from a factory and resell them at double the retailers normally sold. Two days later, he did it and he made more than he expected. Is Yandapps your first startup? If not, what was? Yandapps is my third startup. My first was Habose. Habose was an idea, then I got someone to invest in it. I wrote out the business plan and got the funding. What challenges have you faced so far as an entrepreneur? Finding key decision makers in the businesses we target was quite the challenge as well as convincing local people that we too can deliver. Another challenge was sitting through long meetings and agreements with clients and having them postpone unnecessary followups.
What projects have you worked on so far?
HomeAid: An app that gives users public access to health services and information.
Cervical Cancer Scan(under development): An app for scanning the cervix for cervical cancer symptoms
iHealth: Malaria game and clinics directory, in partnership with Zamrize
Evert: E-learning app Zamlingo: Local language audio translator
Zamsearch: Zambian based search engine(abandoned)
Trakii: Navigation system