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Zoho announces partnership with J-Hub Africa to promote innovation among entrepreneurs


Zoho Corporation has partnered with J-Hub Africa, the digital innovation hub that supports budding innovators and entrepreneurs at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

The partnership will see Zoho support individuals and startups associated with the hub, by providing them Zoho Wallet Credits up to KES 100,000.

These credits can be used to purchase any of Zoho’s 55+ cloud products for any business function such as sales, marketing, HR, accounting, communication, and collaboration. They can also access Zoho One, the operating system for business, wherein they can access multiple Zoho solutions from a single platform. As all Zoho products have been built on the same technology stack, they easily integrate with each other, creating a seamless flow of contextual data.

Furthermore, through this partnership, Zoho will provide training to JKUAT students from technology streams on how to leverage cloud-based business tech to gain a competitive advantage.

This will include training on Zoho Creator, a low code platform that can help them create custom apps for various business needs, Zoho CRM, customer relationship management platform for managing sales and marketing, and Zoho Books, that will help companies manage their finances, while staying compliant with the TIMS and VAT regulations.

The upskilling initiative will help empower students with technology skills for when they join the workforce, irrespective of the industry.

“Growing with local communities is as important for us as delivering value for our customers through our solutions. We actively endeavour to contribute to overall community progress in Kenya by collaborating with local and hyper-local bodies. ” Veerakumar Natarajan, Country Head, Zoho Kenya, said.

”Our partnership with J-Hub Africa promotes technology adoption among young innovators and early-stage startups and provides upskilling for students who are about to join the workforce. We are also investing in localising our products to ensure businesses here can easily leverage our solutions while staying compliant with local and global laws,” he added.

At the same time, Zoho has also partnered with Electronic Certification Service Providers (E-CSP) to help local businesses digitally sign legally valid contracts and integrated its solutions with Safaricom M-PESA.

The announcements were made on the sidelines of Zoholics Kenya, the company’s annual user conference, being held at Hyatt Regency in Nairobi.

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