KOKO & VIVO ENERGY ANNOUNCE KENYA OPERATING PARTNERSHIP
KOKO IS A SMART COMMERCE PLATFORM FOR URBAN AFRICA
KOKO’s IoT platform connects consumers, retailers and suppliers to improve life for everyone in African cities. 

WHAT IS KOKO?

KOKO Networks is a venture-backed technology company operating in East Africa and India. We build and deploy dense Networks of cloud-connected "KOKOpoints" inside local corner stores, which serve as consumer access points for goods and services delivered in partnership with major suppliers.

 

Consumers: safely access clean fuel, e-commerce and video content within a short walk of their homes.

 

Retailers: differentiate their shops, increase revenues and boost recurring footfall.

 

Consumer Goods Suppliers: reach target customers with unprecedented insight, efficiency and control.

HOW OUR CLEAN FUEL SOLUTION WORKS

Our first consumer solution is a liquid ethanol cooking fuel, which delivers significant cost savings and quality of life improvements in the multi-billion dollar market for urban cooking fuel. This fuels solution is delivered through a Kenyan operating partnership with Vivo Energy, the company which owns and operates Shell-branded fuels distribution infrastructure across Africa.

Customer Experience

The first consumer product available through KOKOpoints is a modern clean cooking fuel solution which solves major pain points for 250 million consumers within the $20 billion market for urban African cooking fuel.

Visit smartcook consumer website

Agent Experience

KOKO Agents are established local entrepreneurs, running bricks-and-mortar mini-marts and convenience stores close to the community. Our retail partners are franchisees, partnering with KOKO to add a profitable new line of business.

SEE KOKO BLOG: WHO ARE KOKO AGENTS?

Fuel Partner Experience

KOKO’s technology suite enables a new liquid fuel to be added to the existing downstream fuels infrastructure of major fuel companies. Our cloud, mobile, FinTech and IoT technologies enable complete visibility and control across the fuel supply chain.

KOKO & VIVO ENERGY ANNOUNCE KENYA OPERATING PARTNERSHIP

Our first network is live in Nairobi. Interested in working with KOKO?

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OUR STORY

2009

KOKO's founders begin researching the $12 billion retail market for charcoal cooking fuel in Africa’s 40 largest cities.

2010

KOKO's founders establish CleanStar Mozambique (later called NDZiLO) and secure strategic co-investment to develop a commercial “Proof-of-Concept” for ethanol cooking.

2011

NDZiLO closes award-winning climate finance deal with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in relation to switching consumers from charcoal to ethanol cooking fuel.

2012

NDZiLO commissions pilot ethanol cooking fuel plant that uses feedstock supplied by thousands of smallholder farmers in central Mozambique.

2013

Over 10% of Maputo households adopt NDZiLO’s cooking fuel solution, benefiting more than 200,000 people.

2013

UN Clean Development Mechanism validates carbon emissions reduction from using NDZiLO exceeds 5 tons of CO2e per household per year.

2013

KOKO's founders begin researching consumer marketing, distribution, and operations management technologies that can help companies like NDZiLO break into the mass market more quickly and efficiently.

2014

KOKO's founders relocate to Kampala and Nairobi to develop a new technology platform for launching innovative solutions (including ethanol cooking) to the mass market.

2014

KOKO Networks entities established.

2015

Initial KOKO prototypes designed and deployed with pilot customers in Kampala and Nairobi.

2015

KOKO raises external capital from US and EU family offices.

2016

Refined KOKO prototypes (including KOKO mobile app, KOKOpoint system, cloud software and consumer hardware) deployed with pilot customers in Kampala and Nairobi.

2016

KOKO raises additional capital from family offices, tech investors and institutional investors in the EU, the UK, North America and the Middle East.

2016

Experienced Kenyan executives join KOKO to prepare for Nairobi launch.

2017

Mass production of “smartcook” ethanol cooking solution commences.

2018

Business development discussions underway for expanding services on KOKO platform and entering new African cities.

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