The organizing committee of Nairobi Innovation Week held a breakfast meeting at Nairobi Inter-Continental Hotel, where business starts ups, innovators were urged to celebrate their failures as their work towards commercialization.
The organizers held a breakfast meeting to deliberate on the forthcoming Nairobi Innovation Week to be held in March, 2017.
Speaking during the breakfast meeting, Mr. Julius Korir Principal Secretary State Department of Industry and Enterprise Development, noted that the Nairobi Innovation Week is a good platform that brings together innovators, private sector and the academia. “Let us bring everyone on board,” he said. He urged innovators to be focused and versatile. He pledged to support the innovators and business start-ups find markets, create linkages with established companies, provide networking opportunities and more importantly to provide funding.
On his part, the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi took the opportunity to thank the partners who have supported the initiative. Key among them are: Barclays Bank of Kenya, Uber, UNICEF, Israel Embassy, Safaricom Limited, Konza Technopolis among others.
Dr. Tony Omwansa, the Chairman, Nairobi Innovation Week Organizing Committee, urged more partners to join the innovation ecosystem that has gained momentum since its inaugural launch in 2015 and was given a boost when the President attended in 2016.
It was noted that it is time for Africa to leapfrog and avoid depending on foreign aid and start talking about joint ventures. The breakfast meeting was chaired by Prof. Timothy Waema, from the School of Computing and Informatics, College of Biological and Physical Sciences.