The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi appealed to the Innovation ecosystem stakeholders to work together so as to solve the issues affecting Kenyans. The breakfast meeting was held at Hotel InterContinental today, June, 14, 2016.
Speaking during the Innovation Week breakfast the Cabinet Secretary for Information Communication and Technology, Hon. Joe Mucheru, urged the private sector to support local innovations. He noted that innovation is a tool that can transform lives. He as well urged the financial sector and more so the stock market, to plug into the innovation ecosystem.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor, noted that people from the academia, industry, government, informal sector, do things to change lives. They do so in partnership with others. The Vice-Chancellor appealed to the stakeholders to work with the University to change lives of Kenyans.
Prof. Mbithi noted that the University identified innovation as key defining pillars. He added that Kenya’s ability to compete in the global market is based on our competitiveness.
As part of the efforts to grow Innovation Week to a global standard, the University is doing a number of things; holding yearly innovation week event, commercialization of research, revision of curriculum and growing of start-ups. This year’s innovation week aims at showcasing innovations and incubated start-ups, promoting practical skills and providing support mechanism for innovations.
Innovation Week has attracted several sponsors, among them being: UNICEF, Intel, Barclays Bank, Equity Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank among others.
Dr. Tonny Omwansa, Innovation Week Local Organizing Committee Chairman noted that the focus is building solutions that impact the society, help in achieving the Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, (SDGs).