KEIPhone is not just an advertising platform. We are a social enterprise that is working to bridge the digital gender divide by providing free smartphones and data to unconnected women. Smartphones are distributed with the KEIPhone app pre-installed that displays value ads on the lockscreens of the phones and rewards them for watching the content. The points can be redeemed as airtime, data or utility bill payments.

Our Impact Areas



Mobile phone use increases agricultural yields. Many farmers report increased profits and decreased costs and time investments of farming. Farmers with mobile phones who connect quicker with markets, achieve better prices, and receive agricultural information report increased yields.



KEIPhone gives women access to mobile money platforms which increases household resilience to shocks. Other benefits include access to formal financial services, mobile small sum savings, crowdsourced lending, and pay-as-you-go solar.



Women are empowered to take on family health issues assured they are backed up by knowledgeable doctor apps. Women registered with the SmartHealth App in Uganda increased successful breastfeeding rates by 32%.



Many learners in developing countries can now access quality educational media outside of the classroom. The possibility for online and social learning increases. Mobile communication in Africa enables teachers, parents, and learners to share.

Our Activities

  • KEIPhone accepted into Conscious Venture Lab


  • KEIPhone Incorporated in Delaware


  • KEIPhone launched in Bushenyi, Uganda


  • KEIPhone joins Techstars Music


  • KEIPhone launches Refer-A-Friend program


  • KEIPhone reaches over 100,000 downloads


  • Closed Pre-Seed Fundraising Round


  • Launched Beta version of KEIPhone Marketplace


  • Coming June 2023

    KEIPhone Launches in Kenya

    KEIPhone Closes SEED Fundraising Round


Our investors

Our Team

The Founders

Lauren Hendricks

Lauren Hendricks

20 years experience in international development and financial inclusion. 
Past experience; CEO- Equity Group Foundation International, Executive Vice President - Grameen Foundation, Executive Director- Access Africa at CARE USA.

Joseph Capito

Joseph Capito

Over 18 years experience as a full stack software engineer in financial services, health, telecommunication and fintech.
Experience using tech to meet development challenges, targeting inclusion for women and refugee populations.

James Cox

James Cox

20 years experience in livelihood and health programming globally.
25 years of senior management experience in the field and in the US offices of international development organizations.
Current Chief Operating Officer- Helen Keller Intl. Washington, D.C




8 years experience in digital financial inclusion and social entrepreneurship.
He has worked with Tugende Limited, an asset financing social enterprise in expansion and scaling in Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda.



9 years experience in business development from the advertising world. Expert creator of digital and mainstream communication strategies. Previously served as a business development Partner at Digimark Communications, a creative and digital marketing agency.




11 years experience in management. She's product builder and team leader, instilling an enthusiastic commitment to customer experience as a key driver of product goal attainment. Resian ensures the execution of all service and operation policies.