Innovation is increasingly seen as a key component to creating national competitive advantage. On August 1 - 5, the University of Nairobi will host the 2nd Nairobi Innovation Week to celebrate local innovations and engage policy makers, academics, and investors on the future of Kenya as an innovation hub. Kenya, through its Vision 2030 economic development blueprint and Science, Technology and Innovation Act, seeks to significantly increase innovation capacity by increasing its national R&D expenditure to 2% of GDP.
The primary objectives of the Innovation Week are:
- To showcase and recognize innovations by researchers, incubatees (University Innovation Hub and other Innovation Hubs), private companies and public agencies.
- To create a platform for presentation of academic papers, innovation illustrations and case studies focused on research and innovation.
- To champion policy discussions on innovation in Kenya.
As our contribution towards this event, the Hub is helping organize a pitching session where 10 pre-selected startups/SMEs will have an opportunity to pitch their work to the entire audience. The session will take place on Friday, August 5 from 9.45 to 11.00 AM.
Find out more about the event and register to attend here.