A four-day series of exhibitions, panel discussions and summits titled Kenya Innovation Week is currently on its third day at the Kenya School of Government.
The initiative, which runs from 6th-10th December has been organised by Kenya National Innovation Agency (KeNIA) as part of its efforts to build synergies and collaborations in the innovation system. It offers opportunities for start-ups, corporates, universities, and government agencies to showcase their innovations by exhibiting.
Overall, the multi-sectoral discussions have centred on how to develop skills and talents, how to promote modern intangible technology such as virtual reality, and how to strengthen best practices and systems for good research and commercialization. In the Kenya Startup Summit, the most promising startups get the opportunity to interact with investors and funders.
While Kenya is doing well regionally when it comes to innovation, it was noted that there was still more to be done to address challenges of funding, scaling, finding talent and the lack of supportive policy and legal framework.
“The ultimate measure of the success of the innovation ecosystem is by the growth and survival of start-ups in Kenya. We should measure our success with the number of unicorns we generate,” Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Education Joe Mucheru said while addressing delegates, innovators, and investors.
KeNIA CEO Dr Tonny Omwansa while demonstrating the importance of Innovation Week stated that the innovation showpiece is not an event but a movement. He appealed to the various stakeholders to join the movement and impact the Kenyan ecosystem.
The innovators displayed different solutions targeting the agriculture, health, manufacturing, and transportation sectors. Below are some of the innovations being displayed at the event.