About iBUILD

Our mission is to close the gap in affordable housing production by "Empowering the World to Build".

iBUILD is a patent-pending, SaaS solution accessed via our mobile-enabled and web-based platform. The iBUILD platform is localized, by market, to stimulate housing construction activity, to improve efficiency and transparency of transactions and to improve quality of construction through verification of skilled professionals and authenticated suppliers. iBUILD provides a marketplace of resources that addresses the needs of large developers, as well as individuals who may be building, repairing or renovating their own homes. The iBUILD e-wallet feature assures that all transactions across the entire ecosystem of stakeholders, throughout the life of the project, are traceable and organized for ease of reference. iBUILD software as a project management tool offers contractors the ability to search for and hire workers according to skills needed and to manage timesheets and payroll with the click of a button. Additionally, contractors can search for new customer projects, place bids and manage customer project budgets and payments based on milestone completions. iBUILD is built to easily manage large-scale construction or an incremental, small-scale build for individual, self-managed projects . iBUILD provides back-end analytics and customized dashboards for financial institutions and large agencies to improve performance of customer loan portfolios, through close monitoring of construction activity and milestone payments based on verified purchases, and verified completed work. 

We are currently living in a world where migration, urbanization, conflict and climate change are increasingly straining global housing supply and the world is looking for a disruptive technology that can catapult housing starts and completions to meet demand. iBUILD is the solution to de-risk investment and to stimulate free-flow of capital across cash-based economies that previously offered little to no accountability. The iBUILD technology delivers the world’s first end-to-end solution for transparent transactions through dynamic collaboration across an entire ecosystem, streamlining supply-side economics with improved sector efficiency, job creation and capacity-building stimulations resulting in increased productivity.

An accessible, formal housing supply is simply non-existent for the majority of the world, leaving over 330 million households without adequate shelter. The iBUILD platform offers an elegant fin-tech solution that empowers an untapped workforce to transact in a secure, transparent environment, with customers, lenders, architects and suppliers linked together in a powerful hybrid value chain. iBUILD formalizes and demystifies the construction process so that large scale developers and financial institutions, as well as the informal masses are all able to track and manage their resources through an end-to-end solution for housing construction, transforming an unorganized marketplace into a vibrant transparent ecosystem.

iBUILD is a for-profit, public interest company dedicated to providing new ways of constructing affordable housing around the world.

Introducing iBUILD®


iBUILD® in Action


Finding a Lender

The iBUILD mobile platform facilitates access to credit for consumers in need of a construction loan. iBUILD allows users to compare and access a multitude of diverse, competitively priced micro-lending and mortgage products on their mobile device or computer.  Lenders have the ability to ensure that funds are used for their intended purpose.



Planning and Design

The iBUILD mobile platform provides open access to architectural planning and design services so that they are available to every citizen at an affordable price. This increases the quality of construction for everyone. Having a marketplace for design allows even those building incrementally to benefit from a plan that can be followed over an extended period of time.



Ordering Materials

The iBUILD mobile platform enables the customer to locate material suppliers, compare pricing and verify onsite delivery of materials. Material orders can be tracked so that construction budgets can be tracked over the life of the project. 




Construction Management

iBUILD ensures that the most complex to the simplest construction projects are managed effectively and on budget. Contractors can verify work completion, cutting down time for customers and lenders spent traveling back and forth to the job site. Customers receive project bids, make payments to contractors and manage milestone completions for their projects.



Finding a Job

The iBUILD mobile platform allows contractors to post jobs, hire workers, track workers' time on-the-job and to pay workers directly through the iBUILD wallet. This further stimulates the creation of a regular local economy and a stable marketplace for home design, planning, and construction related careers.



Managing Payments

The iBUILD mobile platform allows all parties within the construction ecosystem to make and receive payments through their iBUILD wallet. iBUILD provides a secure, transparent platform where construction projects are monitored and payments are verified for completed work. Funds are topped up into the wallet through lender disbursements, deposits through a local bank or approved mobile money application such as M-PESA. iBUILD provides a digital record of all project transactions at your fingertips and allows users to manage  project payments effortlessly whether at work or home.


Tracking & Transparency

The iBUILD mobile app allows lenders and customers to see all transactions within their projects. Customers can add their money into the virtual wallet so that they have a record of their payments and full transparency of who was paid, how much and when payments were received. Lenders are able to view portfolio dashboards to track open and completed projects, all transactions within a project, milestone completions, over/under budget management and contractor performance.


Rating & Reviews

The iBUILD mobile application keeps a digital history of all contractors and their workers past performance.  In order to be on the platform, all contractors have been accredited with work history with ratings and reviews readily available. 


Global Leadership Team



Mary has decades of experience in Global finance and risk mitigation as former CFO of Cube Hydro, & Global CFO/COO of Ashoka, former Senior Director at NextEra Energy, as well as former Divisional Risk Management & Compliance Officer/Regional Financial Officer LATAM at G4S. She has managed complex financial reviews in Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and South America and has extensive global M&A experience.  She managed multi-lateral loans with the IDB and was previously employed at KPMG LLP, Deloitte and Bank of America.



Jonathan is a co-founder of iBUILD. He is a lean six sigma and gained his experience with IBM as a management consultant for 7 years. He oversaw projects with government agencies and Fortune 500 companies as part of IBM's Strategy and Analytics practice. He has extensive expertise in interactive experience, application design, big data analytics, techniques, organizational change management and continuous process improvement.



Simon Handley, PhD, is a machine learning expert with 2 decades experience developing software in Silicon Valley. After receiving his PhD in machine learning and computational biology from Stanford University, Simon served as a research scientist at Iconix Biosciences and Agilent Technologies. Since then, Simon has developed software and systems for a number of startups, one of which he co-founded. At Castlight Health, he led the R&D team that developed the Genius product, the first and most impactful artificial intelligence offering at Castlight. Simon is an expert at managing high performance teams that create solutions combining artificial intelligence and excellent engineering.




Ronald is a co-founder of iBUILD. He is a certified Kenyan architect with over 20 years of international experience. Prior to iBUILD, Ronald was working for Habitat for Humanity as a Housing Support Services (HSS) specialist. He was responsible for the strategic planning, design, monitoring, supporting implementation and evaluation of the East African Housing Support Services (HSS) including Kenya, Rwanda, Ghana, Uganda, and Zambia.



Hayden is a Virginia Commonwealth University Urban and Regional Studies Graduate with a concentration in Urban Planning. Her education has ranged from architectural studio to sustainable systems to economic development. Hayden’s knowledge in planning and experience in design and construction are the perfect foundation for designing active online iBUILD communities. She is fueled by a passion to see under-served communities revitalized, and global humanitarian challenges met through active citizen engagement.



Lew is a co-founder of iBUILD. He is a Navy veteran and an innovative social entrepreneur, with start up expertise, having launched 4 scalable solutions to various complex social issues around the globe. Lew is an accomplished CEO with international leadership experience. First in finance, then in the fishing industry, Lew ultimately invested his experience in affordable housing innovation where he  pioneered housing production strategies (PPP) in the U.S., resulting in thousands of affordable homes.




Lydia’s renowned expertise in Cybernetics and her experience in leading the development of several innovative technology platforms with a focus in data integration has made her a leader in the Big Data space. Having played a central role with several successful Technology startups Lydia is again bringing her talent to bare by developing the Big Data management engine of iBUILD’s ecosystem.  Lydia has deep expertise in AI and Data management ,integration and virtual database management. She spent 14 years at Stanford University's Knowledge Systems Laboratory, and has been at the forefront of the most innovative aspects of Technology her entire career.




Bob Weinschenk is a serial entrepreneur with a proven track record across multiple and diverse industries. Having successfully launched 8 technology companies and raised over $150 million in capital, Bob brings  exceptional start-up management and technical experience to the iBUILD team. He worked as CEO at Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange for three years and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and vast network of professionals, academicians and investors from Silicon Valley and beyond.




Nancy Welsh is a co-founder of iBUILD. She is an industry leader with corporate marketing and brand management experience with Coca-Cola USA, Kellogg’s and Leo Burnett Advertising. Nancy is the former CEO of Ashoka’s Youth Venture®, and brings significant global management experience. Nancy Welsh is a start-up guru and holds a U.S. process patent for her innovative methodology for building sustainable affordable housing communities. She has been heralded internationally for her entrepreneurial, paradigm-changing leadership and is a frequent mentor to women and youth. She is an angel investor and holds a Masters degree in International Relations from Tufts University.


Advisory Board



Executive Director, Center for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF)



Board Member, Kenyan Engineering Technology Registration Board (KETRB)



Director of Innovation Management, MasterCard Labs for Financial Inclusion



Director, Middle East, Europe & Africa, Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, Habitat for Humanity International



Managing Director and CEO, Family Home Funds, Ltd. 


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