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Officials from the University of Nairobi Alumni Association present a cheque to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi in support of NIW2018. Far left is the Cabinet Secretary, Industrialization, Trade and Cooperatives, Mr. Adan Mohamed.

As part of the activities scheduled for the Nairobi Innovation Week 2018, 100 startups will pitch their innovative ideas.

From this, the 15 most promising startups will try and win investors, startup enablers and partners to buy into their ideas and secure support.
 
“During the week-long event, March 9th, 2018 is our startups day,” announced the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi.
 
The Nairobi Innovation Week scheduled for March 5-9, 2018 is an annual event convened by the University of Nairobi.
 
“There are over 50 side events, most of which will take place in the University Towers between 5th and 8th March, 2018. These side events range from breakfast meetings, workshops, boot camps, seminars, among others and have been organized by over 20 different partners,” he continued. “The official opening ceremony will be on March 7th, 2018. In addition, March 8th is the international women’s day where UNESCO will lead an effort to celebrate and energize young women in technology.”
 
Speaking during the media breakfast, the Cabinet Secretary, Industrialization, Trade and Cooperatives, Mr. Adan Mohamed, commended and congratulated the University and its partners on the successes of the Nairobi Innovation Week.
 
“This is an exciting time to invest in startups. The more startups succeed, the more people embrace the idea of setting up businesses. Many successful businesses were once startups,” he said.
 
The CS, revealed that the government plans to support about 5,000 small businesses through capacity building.
 
“My ministry will continue to support this great initiative which has seen tremendous growth in the last couple of years,” he continued. “I recognize that we have high unemployment ratios in our country but every 10 jobs created within Kenya, 8 or 9 are created by small businesses that sprout from such initiatives. I commend the University for a job well done.”
 
At the event, some partners presented their cheques in support of the Nairobi Innovation Week 2018 to the Vice-Chancellor. They include: I Choose Life- Kenya, National Research Fund and NetFund each gave Kshs. 1 million and the University of Nairobi Alumni Association gave Kshs. 500,000.
 
As part of the activities scheduled for the Nairobi Innovation Week 2018, 100 startups will pitch their innovative ideas. From this, the 15 most promising startups will try and win investors, startup enablers and partners to buy into their ideas and secure support.
 
“During the week-long event, March 9th, 2018 is our startups day,” announced the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi.
 
The Nairobi Innovation Week scheduled for March 5-9, 2018 is an annual event convened by the University of Nairobi.
 
“There are over 50 side events, most of which will take place in the University Towers between 5th and 8th March, 2018. These side events range from breakfast meetings, workshops, boot camps, seminars, among others and have been organized by over 20 different partners,” he continued. “The official opening ceremony will be on March 7th, 2018. In addition, March 8th is the international women’s day where UNESCO will lead an effort to celebrate and energize young women in technology.”
 
Speaking during the media breakfast, the Cabinet Secretary, Industrialization, Trade and Cooperatives, Mr. Adan Mohamed, commended and congratulated the University and its partners on the successes of the Nairobi Innovation Week.
 
“This is an exciting time to invest in startups. The more startups succeed, the more people embrace the idea of setting up businesses. Many successful businesses were once startups,” he said.
 
The CS, revealed that the government plans to support about 5,000 small businesses through capacity building.
 
“My ministry will continue to support this great initiative which has seen tremendous growth in the last couple of years,” he continued. “I recognize that we have high unemployment ratios in our country but every 10 jobs created within Kenya, 8 or 9 are created by small businesses that sprout from such initiatives. I commend the University for a job well done.”
 
At the event, some partners presented their cheques in support of the Nairobi Innovation Week 2018 to the Vice-Chancellor. They include: I Choose Life- Kenya, National Research Fund and NETFUND each gave Kshs. 1 million and the University of Nairobi Alumni Association gave Kshs. 500,000. Other partners include Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Ministry of ICT, Ministry of Education, Finnish Embassy, UNICEF, African Development Bank, IITA, GIZ, Villgro, IBM and Israel Embassy.
 
This year’s theme is “Innovating for a Better Tomorrow.”
 
The full program is now available on the website: www.innovationweek.co.ke