We are happy to introduce to you today Paul Kimani, C.E.O. of TozzaPlus, a cloud business management start-up from Nairobi, Kenya.
1. First of all, can you introduce yourself to our readers, who you are, where you come from and what’s your background.
My name is Paul Kimani (C.E.O/Co-founder of TozzaPlus) and I am from Nairobi Kenya. I am a techpreneur with interests in working with SMEs in Africa. For the last 4 years I have been helping SMEs in Kenya run efficiently and more lean thus improving their bottom line. My background is Engineering and I have worked in engineering and Information Tech sectors for the last 6 years.
2. What is your start-up and where is it located?
Our startup is called TozzaPlus and we are currently headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya.
3. What is the problem you are addressing and what is your solution?
We are solving the problem of time tracking and paying employees especially those working as field officers and casuals. We have built a cloud based end to end payroll with mobile biometric time tracking with automated payouts to mobile wallets.
4. What is your target market? And the market size?
Our target is Small and Medium enterprises in Africa in the Construction, Consulting and Security sectors.
5. How has the traction been so far on the customer side?
We finished our beta testing in January 2018 and to-date we have more than 70 Small and Medium businesses using our solution.
6. From the investment perspective, where are you at now?
We decided to build the technology/solution before embarking on external funding but recently we raised an investment from Pangea funds to last us 18 months up to end of 2019.
7. What is your view about the start-up scene in your countries and more regionally in Africa?
The start-up ecosystem in Nairobi is very vibrant and this is going to be a very huge boost to the country as the government tries to bring the levels of unemployment down. The only way that Africa can compete globally is by encouraging her people to engage in creating value for themselves.
8. Can you share with us another start-up in your country, that you find interesting, either from a product perspective, vision or its founder(s)?
Am really inspired by Sendy and what they have been able to achieve in 4 short years. Their story gives us hope that its possible to build and sustain a business in Africa.
Thanks again for your time and let’s catchup in a few months to follow up on your milestones and development!