This June, Nairobi-based incubation hub and private seed fund, 88mph will be rebranding to the “Nairobi Startup Garage” in June as they celebrate their second anniversary in Kenya.
The program, run by Nikolai Barnwell and sponsored by Microsoft and Google, operates across Africa in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa and targets African startup ideas based on web and mobile, trains and funds those startups in its accelerator program via a competitive setting where the startups spend three intensive months launching products and finding customers.
88mph first opened its doors in Nairobi under the leadership of Kresten Buch and then expanded to South Africa’s Cape Town and Lagos, Nigeria. 88mph has been home to a number of local successes, including entertainment website Ghafla, football news website Futaa, online music store Mdundo, online boutique Closet 49, among others.
The rebranding is being done to make the incubator more relatable.