Israel Ambassador to Kenya, H. E. Yahel Vilan has urged the government, academia and private sector to support business start-ups and develop the culture of innovation. He was speaking during the Innovation Week public lecture series at the Main Campus, Taifa Hall on April, 19, 2016.
Comparing Kenya to Israel, the Ambassador noted that Kenya is on the path of technological development and can learn a lot from Israel, the technology start up nation. Speaking on the topic : Innovation Competition in ICT, the Israel Ambassador noted that the Embassy is at the fore front of promoting interest in innovation.
Together with other partners like United Nations Women, iHub, Standard Group, the Israel Embassy encourages women with ICT skills to venture into entrepreneurship. It is this regard that the Israel embassy has organized a competition for women with disruptive ideas to showcase their innovations and compete in the forthcoming ICT conference to be held in Tel Aviv later in the year.
The Ambassador noted that Israel has been successful in developing business start-ups because they have embrace failure and risk. The innovation ecosystem in Israel as well has been supported by government, the academia and the private sector. He challenged the Kenya government and the private sector to support business start-ups.
Speaking during the event, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, who was represented by Prof. Jane Mariara, noted that the University has key resources like students, staff and partners who play a key role in developing innovation ecosystem. He noted that innovation takes discipline and effort. It requires testing ideas and prototypes.
The Innovation lecture was attended by members of the University Management Board, staff, students and members of the public.