In light of the marketing verbiage surrounding President Obama's visit to Kenya and the "Global Entrepreneurship Summit," this article speaks very practically about start-up opportunities in and around Nairobi.
For some reason, the author feels the need to make it clear that it is "premature" to compare Kenya with Silicon Valley. The 40% unemployment rate in combination with the small consumer market (population of 45 million) present real challenges to companies seeking out technical employees and a large market size.
Nevertheless, I do think that this article minimizes the existing opportunity in Kenya. Considering the limited number of companies as well as ongoing government investment, low-hanging fruit in health and education certainly exist. These innovations do not necessarily need to be "rudimentary", as the article implies. Innovations in sectors such as fintech and mhealth can make waves in Kenya and beyond.
...Kenya, Africa’s fifth largest economy, is considered a startup beacon. Indeed many have come to call Kenya “Silicon Savannah.” It’s a misleading title. Kenya percolates with entrepreneurial hustle that has started to yield world-changing innovations such as the mobile money and payment system M-Pesa and Ushahidi... Yet Kenya is not another Silicon Valley. The startups rising in Kenya aren’t focused on the future or the “next big thing.” They are focused, as a number of entrepreneurs and investors I spoke to pointed out, on disrupting existing challenges such as poor infrastructure and sanitation, conflict, lack of medical care, and a lack of banks and financial resources. Startups in Kenya are harnessing technology not to “leapfrog” past the obstacles that have held Kenya back but to level them and lay the foundations that will poise Kenya for growth.