I believe this is the case as well. I firmly believe Safaricon Academy or whatever they call themselves each quarter is just grounds to steal ideas from the youth.
In March @martingicheru sent me a link for Microsoft Insiders for good and when I tried talking to some of my partners about it, they flat out refused to enter citing established companies trend with stealing ideas from entrepreneurs.
It's becoming very hard to find legit partnerships in kenya because of this kind of culture. The government doesn't protect creatives - see how photographers, filmmakers, devs are treated - and the market doesn't call to accountability companies engaged in theft, so who is there to challenge them when they 'innovate' and one discovers they just lifted an idea from someone else?
Without MPESA, people will realize safaricon is just a company of many derivative thinkers. No real innovation to show.