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Mentorship is key ingredient for nurturing young entrepreneurs

Published on June 16, 2016

On June 15, Hub Investment Director Kanini Mutooni moderated a panel session on innovations and entrepreneurship at the recently concluded Mandela Washington Fellowship East Africa Regional Conference 2016 in Nairobi, Kenya. 

The Hub offers young innovators investment-readiness workshops, capacity building and market linkage opportunities. A good example is the recently concluded Young Innovators in Agriculture Competition 2016 (YIAC2016), where we partnered with the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) to train, mentor and support 130 agribusiness SMEs and start-ups founded by young Africans from 8 countries, said Ms. Mutooni.


Kevin Macharia, a Mandela Washington Fellow from Kenya, said that lack of information is one of the biggest hurdles young entrepreneurs face. He also noted that inclusive development is a major challenge for communities. 

The Hub and the Inter Region Economic Network (IREN) showcased their work and networked with Fellows and guests at the Partnership Expo, which is an interactive component of the conference.


The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which empowers young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.