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My Approach 2019-10-01T11:30:16+00:00

My Approach

I’ve created a unique approach on how pre-owned digital assets can spur on development based on three main points.

Manufacture

My ventures have always incorporated the re-manufacturing of ICT devices and recycling of e-waste.  Used devices originally destined for the trash pile can have an enormous impact on the development of communities in different circumstances.

Educate

The second part of my focus is on facilitating local training and education on how to use these assets.

Incubate

The last element is about incubating a whole new ecosystem of aspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups that can use tech innovation for poverty alleviation around the world.

My Ventures

Close the Gap

Close the Gap was started in 2003 to bridge the digital divide by offering high-quality, pre-owned computers donated by large and medium-sized corporations and organizations to support projects in developing and emerging countries

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Worldloop

WorldLoop was created in 2009 as the daughter organization of Close the Gap to offset the negative environment impact of e-waste. Its mission is to turn that e-waste into human and economic resources by creating responsible recycling systems in developing countries.

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Close the Gap Kenya

Through private sector funding that we acquired, we are able to further develop our Close the Gap Kenya entity. This branch of Close the Gap is an impact-driven social enterprise located in Kenya. In Nairobi, we set up the Circular Economy Hub, which is a re-manufacturing facility. The goal is to re-use and manage e-waste and create job opportunities and better working conditions for local people. By 2022 we plan to have:

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people made aware of the importance of proper management of electrical and electronic waste

In Mombasa, we created an Innovation Hub with a focus on education, innovation and manufacturing. In this Hub, we will organise our Leap² Innovation challenges. The first Innovation Challenge that will be organised in Mombasa is focused on Innovative Light and Circular Economy Solutions. The kick-off event takes place on October 3rd.
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CTG Circular

In the summer of 2019, we acquired CTG Circular, which provides a sustainable solution for ICT hardware and data. We take care of the entire process: we collect, wipe and restore not-so-old desktops, notebooks and mobile devices to give it a second life both for marketing and donation.
If the device is beyond economic repair, we properly recycle it with as little waste as possible. At CTG Circular, we want to do the right thing by society and the environment. Because we strongly believe circular thinking is the more natural way of organizing society. For more information, visit www.ctgcircular.com