Strive Community funding will support the development and growth of the MESH platform and the creation of training tools currently unavailable to young entrepreneurs through traditional education pathways.
MESH is the first online community for young entrepreneurs in Kenya’s informal economy. MESH offers young people:
- Access to tailored business tools, training, a peer network, and mentorship;
- Seamless access to financial services, capital, and formal sector opportunities;
- Control over their livelihoods and growth prospects; and
- Autonomy, social capital, and personal validation.
Launched in 2021, the platform is already thriving. Today, MESH has more than 150,000 members who are logging in to connect, learn, share tips, access new opportunities, and to start up and scale their businesses. The MESH app is available for free through Google Play or on www.mesh.life.
About Shujaaz Inc
Two-time Emmy Award-winning network of social ventures Shujaaz Inc launched in 2009 with a youth-facing multimedia brand. Their namesake first venture, “Shujaaz,” follows the story of a 19-year-old radio DJ and influencer living in the outskirts of Nairobi. The platform, which evolved from a comic book, brings young people together to talk about their experiences and the challenges they face. More than a decade on, Shujaaz (which means “hero”) reaches 9.5 million 15- to 24-year-olds—71% of young Kenyans and 15% of young Tanzanians.