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Varsity seeks support towards Nairobi Innovation Week

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The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi and the Chief Executive Officer, Konza Technopolis, Eng. John Tanui, speak during the meeting.

In preparation for the Nairobi Innovation Week 2016, the University of Nairobi is seeking support from various stakeholders.

This was the agenda when the University held a breakfast meeting with key partners and presented the roadmap for the annual event which will be held from August 1st to 5th, 2016.

The Nairobi Innovation Week brings together partners from government, private sector, development partners and research centres with an aim of providing a platform for show-casing and encouraging innovation over and above networking and sharing knowledge. This year’s event is themed ‘Partnership for Innovation That Truly Impact People and Societies.’

Speaking at the meeting, the Cabinet Secretary for Information Communication and Technology, Mr. 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.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, said that the University has identified innovation as a key defining pillar. He called on partners to join the University in realizing the objectives of the Innovation Week especially in growing and supporting the innovation ecosystem in Kenya. Prof. Mbithi noted that Kenya’s ability to compete in the global market is based on its competitiveness.

Dr. Tonny Omwansa, the Coordinator, Nairobi Innovation Week, said that the event will comprise of keynote speeches in plenary sessions, policy discussions, research paper and case study presentations, round-table discussions as well as exhibitions of inventions and innovations by individual innovators, start-ups and organizations. 

As part of the efforts to grow the innovations to a global standard, the University is engaged in a variety of initiatives. They include holding the annual Nairobi Innovation Week, commercialization of research, revision of curriculum and growing of start-ups at the C4DLab. 

The Nairobi Innovation Week 2016 has attracted support from UNICEF, Intel, Barclays Bank, Equity Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank, among others.

June, 14, 2016

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