Innovation Week Program

Get a copy of the Nairobi Innovation Week 2017 masterplan and program through the links provided. 

Day 1
06 Mar 2017
Day 2
07 Mar 2017
Day 3
08 Mar 2017
Day 4
09 Mar 2017
Day 5
10 Mar 2017
Day 6
13 Mar 2017
07:00AM - 09:00AM

Arrival and Registration

09:00 - 17:00


Official Opening Ceremony

Tour of exhibition by the Guest of Honour and entourage Welcome remarks by Vice-Chancellor and the Chancellor UoN Remarks by lead partner – UNICEF Country Representative Remarks by title sponsor –...
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12:45 - 14:00


14:00 - 15:00

Grand Concert

Innovation in the Creative Industry

This will be a discussion on insights, experiences and reflection of the creative entrepreneur in Kenya. Majority of young entrepreneurs are in the creative sector. The challenges they face can...
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Mike Strano
Joy Mboya
David Muriithi

Universities and Innovation Programs: The Future of Collaboration

This will be a small working group of academics from various Universities, reflecting on the activities they are coordinating on Innovation. Individuals will explore experiences, avenues and strategies for collaboration...
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Prof. Vito Albino
Lindeman Sara
Dr. Tonny Omwansa

African Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Opening Remarks (5 minutes) Prof. Peter Mbithi, Vice Chancellor University of Nairobi & ESDA Chair   Introductory Remarks  (5 minutes) Dr. Emmanuel Mutisya, Programme Coordinator, United Nations University   Chief...
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Hon. Willy Bett
Dr. Akinwumi Adesina
16:00 - 18:00

Concert (Taifa Hall) – Sponsored by KCB

09:00 - 09:30

Entertainment – Ghetto Classics

Panel 1: From Global Goals (SDGs) to Action: Demonstrating the Power of Partnerships

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is marked by solidarity participation and universality. Improving the effectiveness, quality and impact of development co-operation in this context will require inclusive partnerships, innovative...
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Vivian Onano
Sanda Ojiambo
Dr. Siddharth Chatterjee
Gina Din Kariuki
Juliana Rotich

Panel 2: Ambassadors Panel

Various Governments are involved in the efforts to promote Innovation in Kenya and the region. This session will give opportunity to key leaders from strategic embassies to discuss initiatives funded...
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Yahel Vilan


Opening Remarks Realities about startups in the region
Loic Amado


Opening Remarks Effective National Coordination
Prof. Reuben Marwanga


Opening Remarks An inspiring case of innovation at work.  

Panel 3: Local Startups Journeys

Founder stories on experiences, challenges, learnings on being a startup in Kenya.  Our country and continent as a whole are faced by a myriad of challenges, in these challenges lies...
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Kago Kagichiri
Peris Bosire
Meshack Alloys
Bilha Ndirangu
Muthuri Kinyamu

Panel 4: Kenya’s Innovation Policy

There is an STI policy which is still in draft form and which was the basis of the STI Act. The Act created the necessary institutional framework and almost all...
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Louis Otieno
Nick Nesbitt
Eng. Victor Kyalo
Julius Korir
Prof. Timothy Waema

Panel 5 – Nairobi 2050: Children as Agents of Change

How does innovation for children by children look like? What is their view of the future? We may not be there when they are adults – we may not even...
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Pete Vowles
Ciiru Waweru

Panel 7: Insourcing: Innovating Procurement to Buy Kenya, Build Kenya

The structure of traditional Government tender methods has tended to favor external companies in procuring of solutions, thereby exporting jobs and capital. How can Ministries and Counties amend the procurement...
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Eng. Stanley Kamau
Danson Muchemi
Robert Yawe
Robert Njathika

Panel 6: Catalyzing the Startup Movement

Hubs, incubators & accelerators have rapidly emerged in the recent past. Many academic institutions, national and county governments, private sector and development agencies are now involved. How might we get...
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Ms. Sunita Grote
Dr. Kamal Bhattacharya
Olga Balakina
Aron Fu

Panel 8: Innovation in Public Sector

Service delivery in Government is complex. Many institutions in Government have made deliberate effort to innovate in order to streamline service delivery. What is working and what are the lessons...
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Mr. Matthew Logurale
Ken Njiru
Suleiman Asman Wesonga
Dr. Mohamed Omar
Ronald Osumba
13:00 - 15:00

Entertainment – Ghetto Classics

B2B Discussions – Network of innovation catalysts to host the following B2B conversations:

  The following sessions will be by invitation only. Funding start-ups – (invitations by F. Kimata) Who provides seed funding to start-ups? How can we re-organize the innovation ecosystem to...
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Robert Yawe

National innovation Landscapes: Finland/Israeli/Kenya and others

A group of experts and startups from Finland, Israel, Kenya and other countries, joined by Startups from Finland and Israel will engage deeply on what makes Innovation ecosystems work. Personal...
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Prof. Bitange Ndemo
Dr. Tonny Omwansa

Startup Day: Miyonga Fresh Greens Ltd. & Ecodudu Ltd Pitches


Startup Day: Flex Pary Ltd & Inclusion Media Pitches


Startup Day: Genteel Fashion & Grooming & Escon Leather Creations PItches


Startup Day: International Research and Development Africa & Alive and Young Skin Care Ltd Pitches


Startup Day: Mega Gas Enterprises & Torque Controller Kenya Ltd Pitches

Award Ceremony, Closing and Way-Forward

Closing speech – King Kaka Chief Kariuki Keynote Speech – PS/MoITC, Mr. Julius Korir   Lead Partner – UNICEF Title Sponsor – Barclays Prof. Peter M.F. Mbithi – Vice-Chancellor, University...
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King Kaka
Julius Korir
Dr. Tonny Omwansa

Vote of Thanks

Prof. Lucy Irungu
13:00 - 14:00

Visits to Startup Demo Area – 5th Floor Lobby University Towers