Kenyan technology company BRCK has received funding to the tune of Ksh. 300 million from a variety of investors to further expand its business. The investors include; Jean and Steve Case, Jim Sorenson, TED, MKS Alternative Investments, Synergy Energy and others. The company had previously received Ksh. 120 million in funding last year.
BRCK was founded in 2013 with the first product being BRCK, a rugged Internet router for low connectivity areas. BRCK can support up to 40 devices and can jump from Ethernet, to WiFi, to 3G seamlessly. It has since been sold in 54 countries across 5 continents. They also set up another division, BRCK Education, last year. Through BRCK Education they launched the Kio tablet and Kio Kit last year which is targeted at primary schools. The company, through BRCK Education, was also among the shortlisted companies in the Kenyan government’s digital learning project.
BRCK plans to use the funds raised to scale up production and distribution for BRCK Education products and services, hire additional manpower in hardware and software and also in operations and business development.