Kenyans startup BRCK Inc raises US$3 mln for connectivity device - CNBC Africa

Kenyans startup BRCK Inc raises US$3 mln for connectivity device

East Africa

by CNBC Africa 0

ICT sector to create 55 Kenya-based global companies by 2017. Photo: BRCK.com

BRCK Inc a start-up in Kenya's technology space has raised US$3 million in its latest funding round.

The company plans to use the money to change how information flows in the world, starting with the ICT sector in the East African region.

"We looked at the market and we were asking ourselves, why we are trying to connect to the internet using devices that are made in Europe, in the U.S, when we have a different infrastructure in Kenya, so we started designing and developing a new way to connect to the internet," said Erick Hersman, CEO of BRCK Inc.

The creation, was designed and engineered in Nairobi, so in accommodating the environment, they decided to put a battery in the router so that power shortages would not affect the use of the internet.

The website describes the gadget as, “physically robust, able to connect to multiple networks, a hub for all local devices and enough backup power to survive a blackout”

BRCK also has a sim card in the router since most people connect through 3G.

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"We just started to think about how can we make it more rugged and more reliable when you are in a place that has a little bit less power connectivity - just needs  more redundancy in the system," said Hersman.

Hersman explains how there are two markets that took advantage of the BRCK technology, schools and small-medium sized businesses.

"It’s becoming more and more important for businesses, institutions, school and basically any organisation these days - you have to be connected because it brings a certain level of efficiency to your company,” the CEO said.

The device is marked at 250 U.S dollars which makes it more appealing to businesses said Hersman.

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