Gearbox has provided a platform that has contributed to the establishment of several hardware manufacturing entities in Africa. We continue to support individuals and businesses so as to enhance local capacity to produce industry ready products. As they work towards scaling up their businesses, we are proud to have been part of the journey for these companies…. “You can refer to us as a factory of factories”

Paygo Energy

Led by Nick Quitong, PayGo Energy set out to solve energy problems by developing a clean energy distribution service that harnesses the power of pay-as-you-go-technology to bring modern fuel to homes not just in Kenya but world wide.

Usafi Comfort

An onsite wastewater management solutions provider for the Eastern Africa Market. We’ve partnered with global engineering research and product development companies to develop, manufacture and distribute water-saving devices and wastewater recycling products that are uniquely suited to the Eastern Africa Market.

Proteq Automation Ltd.

Proteq Automation Ltd is at the forefront of offering the latest in industrial automation technology, industrial machine manufacturing, and product development. The company also offers in-depth training programs in a wide spectrum of manufacturing technologies.


Esvendo has leveraged hardware technology to implement a social inclusionproject (SIP) by building a sanitary towel vending machine. The technologyimproves access by making the towels affordable sanitary towels for women andgirls aged 13-45. This is achieved through strategic sanitary vending machineplacements in institutions, and public facilities like public toilets.


Preg-mum has developed a grassroots-level user-friendly device for fetal Pl heart rate monitoring and maternal blood pressure monitoring during critical stages of pregnancy then automatically transmit data in real-time to nurses and doctors at maternal care centres.


SasaLog developed PoS system (the terminal and its software) and business-to-business co-operation platform that allow businesses to connect with their supply chain. The device is also able to perform prepaid mobile airtime refills using NFC or QR-Code based and print prepaid mobile airtime PIN receipts.


Homgenius specializes in interlocking concrete block products. The Company has designed and developed an automated brick making machine.


Arinifu, have developed a device called ‘The smart brooder’. This is an environmental control device which ensures the conditions in the brooding space are kept within optimum levels, thus leading to high efficiency and overall better results. The device is fitted with GSM/SMS capability which allows for alerts to your phone in case of any problem.

Micrive Infinite

Micrive Infinite Limited works towards improving the outcome of reconstructive surgery using 3D Printing with Oral and Maxillo-facial Surgeons by providing to them Patient-specific, anatomically accurate 3D printed models. These are used to extend the doctor’s treatment planning to include activities that are otherwise carried out during the surgery.

Founding Consortium


Is a Kenyan company selling connectivity solutions for low-infrastructure environments in over 50 countries. Founded in Nairobi, BRCK is dedicated to building local solutions to local problems. The BRCK v1 is a ruggedized modem and router with built-in failovers and a nine-hour battery, designed to extend connectivity beyond the edge of the network, and to do so in a way that is accessible to anyone, even if they’ve never used a computer before. That same commitment to understanding the needs of their users has driven the development of the Kio Kit — an affordable, portable, and rugged “school in a box” that can connect up to 40 students to both pre-loaded and online content at the push of a single button, giving children in rural Kenya access to the same knowledge as those in London or San Francisco.


Is bringing a new model of waste management to Nairobi’s low-income communities. Over the last three years, Sanergy has deployed 683 toilets across the city, creating jobs, small businesses, and cleaning up neighborhoods. That waste is then treated and turned into valuable products such as fertilizer or clean energy, creating a virtuous circle for sustainable micro-enterprises. In everything they build, the Sanergy team is committed to delivering dignified, high-quality products that improve the lives of some of the world’s most disadvantaged communities.


Was born during the election crisis in Kenya in 2008. When reliable sources of information were hard to come by, Nairobi’s early tech community came together to create a platform for crowdsourcing information about violence via phone, text, or email, building a permanent, public record on the web for all to access. “Ushahidi” means “witness” in Swahili. Since then, the Ushahidi platform has been deployed over 90,000 times in over 159 countries, and has been used by the UN and other organizations as a primary tool of crisis management. More than a nonprofit software development company, Ushahidi continues to play a central role in building the Kenyan tech ecosystem, having founded the iHub, spun out BRCK, and sponsoring projects like Making All Voices Count and Gearbox.


For six years, the iHub has been a center of gravity for the “Silicon Savannah”. Built to bring Kenya’s tech community together with shared workspace, good coffee, and fast internet, it has since provided a launchpad for over 170 startups, serving as vector for $10 million in investment. It is home to the m:Lab, a World Bank sponsored accelerator for mobile technology startups, East Africa’s first User Experience (UX) Lab, iHub Research, and iHub Consulting. In addition to helping launch the fastest growing sector of the Kenyan economy, it has helped to spawn numerous initiatives focused on technology justice, including Akirachix, teaching girls and young women to become technology leaders, and eLimu, bringing Kenyan-made educational content and technology literacy to schools across the country.

Funding Partners

The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US, and social and economic progress for the poor in developing countries. Established by prolific US inventor Jerome Lemelson and his wife Dorothy in the early 1990’s, and lead by the Lemelson family, to date the Foundation has provided or committed more than $185 million in grants and Program-Related Investments in support of its mission.
The Autodesk Foundation is the first foundation to focus investment exclusively on the people and organizations using design for impact. Calling them “impact designers”, they are the catalysts of the design-led revolution now underway. The Autodesk Foundation invests in impact designers who represent many fields of practice, but share one common goal: designing and creating a better world. The Foundation supports these impact designers as they deliver more innovative, scalable, and measurable design solutions that address the most epic challenges of our time.