Feature Friday - Cojengo
05 June 2015
On Feature Fridays we picked one company from our Directory and got to know their business a bit better by asking them a few quick questions.
1. Who are Cojengo?
Cojengo are a software company based in Glasgow, we've developed VetAfrica, Africa's first mobile livestock diagnostic and disease surveillance platform.
2. What are you up to at the moment?
I'm in Kenya just now, working with farmers, vets and government ministries to improve VetAfrica, scale up and sell our subscription service. It's great to be out in the field working with real users, hearing their feedback and seeing the impact the work we do has on the local economy and people's lives.
3. What has been your favourite project?
My favourites project so far was actually in Uganda right at the beginning of Cojengo in 2013. We spent a week travelling around rural communities on the back of motorbikes with local vets, meeting farmers ad understanding the challenges they faced. This was such a valuable experience making sure VetAfrica was built with the customer in mind and we learned a lot about local culture and helped us shape what Cojengo should represent. The goat meat and local beer wasn't too bad either!
4. What is next for Cojengo?
We're totally focussed on engaging as many vets and farmers as possible on the VetAfrica platform, we'll set up our East African base in Kenya and from there expand our operations in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe and Malawi. From there we want to cover the entire African continent and beyond to South America, India and Asia where similar problems exist that Cojengo can solve.
5. What is your favourite place to relax in Glasgow after work?
I find running helps me relax, I like to run around Glasgow Green and down by the Clyde, it helps me switch off. In our more unhealthy social moments, there's a lot of great pubs near the office, depending on the occasion it varies from the Press Bar to Max's or you'll often find us out and about in Finnieston.