Fireside Chat with Tesh Mbaabu

Jan 12, 3:30 – 5:30 PM

iHub, Senteu Plaza, Galana/Lenana Road, Nairobi, 00505

Fueling the Future: Africa's RetailTech Revolution - Innovations, Entrepreneurship, and Fundraising

In-person event
Fireside Chat

About this event

In an era defined by rapid technological advancements and entrepreneurial dynamism, Africa stands at the forefront of innovation and transformation in the world of RetailTech. This fireside chat is your opportunity to dive deep into the heart of Africa's burgeoning RetailTech landscape, exploring the intersections of innovation, entrepreneurship, and fundraising.

Event Highlights:

  1. Topic Exploration: We will delve into the core themes of RetailTech, innovation, entrepreneurship, and fundraising, dissecting their relevance and impact on Africa's evolving business ecosystem. Discover how these elements are shaping the continent's economic landscape and paving the way for a brighter future.
  2. Tesh Mbaabu's Journey: Our guest of honor, Tesh Mbaabu, brings a wealth of experience and insights to the table. As the Co-founder and CEO of Mesozi Group, Tesh has navigated the complex world of Business and Technology in Africa for nearly a decade. He will share his remarkable journey, detailing the challenges, successes, and pivotal lessons learned along the way.
  3. Interactive Discussion: This fireside chat will be an engaging and interactive session. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions, share your thoughts, and gain a deeper understanding of the RetailTech revolution's intricacies in Africa.
  4. Networking Opportunity: Connect with fellow professionals, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts who share a passion for innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. Expand your network and forge valuable connections that can propel your own journey forward.


Tesh is an African serial technology entrepreneur who lives to blend commerce and technology. He is a creative and strategic thinker from both a product and commercial perspective; experienced in building startups in the African scene.

He is the Co-founder & CEO of Mesozi Group, an information technology holding company offering and investing in tech-enabled solutions across several industries and markets in Africa.

Their flagship product, MarketForce, provides an all-inclusive B2B Commerce and Fintech platform (dubbed “RejaReja” – Swahili for ‘retail’) that empowers merchants in Africa to source, order, and pay for inventory digitally and conveniently, access financing, collect digital payments and make extra money by reselling digital financial services such as airtime, electricity tokens and bill payments.

As an avid adventure seeker, Tesh co-founded Cloud9xp, which helps travelers easily discover and book the best leisure experiences, at the best price, across Africa. They exited to HotelOnline in 2020.

Tesh is Forbes Africa 30 under 30, a Choiseul 100 Africa Laureate, Business Daily Top 40 under 40 Men Kenya, CIO Africa Top 45 Most Influential Men in Digital Transformation, Top 10 Africa Business Heroes, Harambean, Schmidt Futures, Westerwelle, Alibaba and UN Fellow. 

MarketForce is a leading B2B Commerce and Banking platform that empowers informal merchants in Africa to source, order, and pays for inventory digitally and conveniently, baking services access a banking wallet with credit facilities, collect digital payments and earn extra income by offering agency and reselling digital financial services such as airtime, electricity tokens and bill payments in their communities.

Launched in 2018, MarketForce is a fast-growing YC-backed company running an asset-light business model and is currently operational in 5 markets in Sub-Saharan Africa, with over 100,000 merchants and 50 consumer brands trading on the platform. They recently closed the largest Series A round out of East and Central Africa.

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  • Tesh Mbaabu




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    Quikk API

    Co-Founder, & Chief Growth Officer



Friday, January 12, 2024
3:30 PM – 5:30 PM UTC


Fireside Chat with Tesh Mbaabu


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