Xetova

A Ksh.5 million MIT Solve success story on Enhancing Performance in Africa amidst the global pandemic.

Overview

xetova is a community-driven platform that connects suppliers, buyers and financiers in the procurement ecosystem. Their aim is to enhance performance in the procurement ecosystem using data science and use information technology to include more local small businesses. xetova's goal was to develop the AHSA® Platform in the wake of Covid-19 Pandemic to help countries to be better prepared in managing existing disease burdens. Using this platform and their global community, they would attract funding from investors to create a bigger impact in countering the economic effects from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Goal

Using the website and AHSA® Platform xetova would be able to:

  • Power real time support for access to finance for small and medium sized businesses, especially women-led businesses.
  • Enable transparent digital procurement processes through dashboards, proprietary AI and seamless systems' integration
  • Provide real time intelligence and visibility to their community through their cloud-based platform

Strategy

Website

  • Model the website's design and content to cater to potential investors and the platform's core users
  • Utilize dominant & visually attractive call-to-actions to encourage platform signups
  • Implement responsive technology to attract visitors using mobile and larger devices

Cloud-based AHSA® platform

  • Create powerful visualization and tracking dashboards
  • Implement action triggers and recommender systems
  • Use comprehensive & proprietary AI models to improve communication & information sharing

Results

xetova become the first local Tech company to win the MIT Solve challenge as one of 35 solvers globally. The MIT Solve – Health Security and Pandemic Innovators 2020 Cohort was an initiative of the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT).

xetova was one of the seven social entrepreneurs selected under the Health Security and Pandemics Challenge from 95 countries who responded with 736 new and creative solutions.

Insights

Using modular system design

We designed & built the AHSA platform's front-end using a modular system, which involved creating system components that could be used in multiple use cases. This component-based   design process would enable the xetova team to build further functionality on their own in future.

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