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We are developing a voice-based
internet search service that operates
on simple phones, without requiring
a data connection or downloading an app.

 

We have successfully tested a prototype
in Kenya, in Kiswahili.

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We are developing a voice-based
internet search service that operates
on simple phones, without requiring
a data connection or downloading an app.

 

We have successfully tested a prototype
in Kenya, in Kiswahili.

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News


4 October 2016: Uliza is now a registered LLC in Delaware

16 September 2016: Uliza wraps up the pilot.  We received over a 1,000 phone calls in less than a month from select locations around Kenya.

6 July 2016: Uliza is testing an Alpha 0 prototype in Kenya in Kiswahili. We're in Nairobi till 20 July, drop us a line!

4 May 2016: Uliza is selected to the semi-finals of Mass Challenge, Boston

7 April 2016: Uliza wins runner-up prize at the Tufts $100K Competition

12 March 2016: Uliza is selected for the Boston finals of The Hult Prize

27 February 2016: Uliza is showcased at the HBS Africa Business Conference

28 October 2015: Uliza is a finalist at the MIT $100K Pitch Competition

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News


4 October 2016: Uliza is now a registered LLC in Delaware

16 September 2016: Uliza wraps up the pilot.  We received over a 1,000 phone calls in less than a month from select locations around Kenya.

6 July 2016: Uliza is testing an Alpha 0 prototype in Kenya in Kiswahili. We're in Nairobi till 20 July, drop us a line!

4 May 2016: Uliza is selected to the semi-finals of Mass Challenge, Boston

7 April 2016: Uliza wins runner-up prize at the Tufts $100K Competition

12 March 2016: Uliza is selected for the Boston finals of The Hult Prize

27 February 2016: Uliza is showcased at the HBS Africa Business Conference

28 October 2015: Uliza is a finalist at the MIT $100K Pitch Competition

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About


Uliza means "Ask" in Kiswahili, the language of 100 million people in East Africa. We provide Kenyans with voice answers in their own language using automated call management, an internet search protocol, and a human backend.

 

How it works:

Step 1: Dial our number (note: it is not yet public)

Step 2: Ask any question, in Kiswahili

Step 3: Wait 15mins to 2 hours for your answer

Step 4: Dial our number and listen to your answer.  You will receive an SMS to notify you when your answer is ready.

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About


Uliza means "Ask" in Kiswahili, the language of 100 million people in East Africa. We provide Kenyans with voice answers in their own language using automated call management, an internet search protocol, and a human backend.

 

How it works:

Step 1: Dial our number (note: it is not yet public)

Step 2: Ask any question, in Kiswahili

Step 3: Wait 15mins to 2 hours for your answer

Step 4: Dial our number and listen to your answer.  You will receive an SMS to notify you when your answer is ready.

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Pitch


Watch Uliza's MIT $100K Competition Pitch here

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Pitch


Watch Uliza's MIT $100K Competition Pitch here

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Team Uliza


Our founding team has a combined experience of over 10 years of working on the ground in developing countries, where we have individually launched successful startups, executed development projects, and harnessed tech for social impact.

Grant Bridgman, Co-Founder and CEO

From South Africa, Grant has worked in Sierra Leone with J-PAL/IPA where he started Burreh LLC and Innovate South Africa.  Grant specializes in development economics and harnessing technology for poverty alleviation.

Abhishek Maity, Co-Founder and CFO

From India, Maity has worked as a management consultant in the US, a high school teacher in India, and startups in Lebanon and the US. Maity specializes in data analytics, corporate finance, and development economics.

Janeth Jepkogei, Co-Founder and CTO

From Kenya, Janeth is a computer science student at Tufts University specializing in natural language processing.

Our Advisers:

Robert On: PhD University of California, Berkeley; One Acre Fund; Precision Agriculture for Development; Google

Rockford Weitz: PhD The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; JD Harvard University; Founder, Cargometrics; Founder FinTech Sandbox

Janet Cahn: PhD MIT; Senior Director of IVR, AT&T

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Team Uliza


Our founding team has a combined experience of over 10 years of working on the ground in developing countries, where we have individually launched successful startups, executed development projects, and harnessed tech for social impact.

Grant Bridgman, Co-Founder and CEO

From South Africa, Grant has worked in Sierra Leone with J-PAL/IPA where he started Burreh LLC and Innovate South Africa.  Grant specializes in development economics and harnessing technology for poverty alleviation.

Abhishek Maity, Co-Founder and CFO

From India, Maity has worked as a management consultant in the US, a high school teacher in India, and startups in Lebanon and the US. Maity specializes in data analytics, corporate finance, and development economics.

Janeth Jepkogei, Co-Founder and CTO

From Kenya, Janeth is a computer science student at Tufts University specializing in natural language processing.

Our Advisers:

Robert On: PhD University of California, Berkeley; One Acre Fund; Precision Agriculture for Development; Google

Rockford Weitz: PhD The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; JD Harvard University; Founder, Cargometrics; Founder FinTech Sandbox

Janet Cahn: PhD MIT; Senior Director of IVR, AT&T

Advisers and Partners


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Advisers and Partners