The Kenya National Innovation Agency has today announced a call for exhibitors and delegates for the Kenya Innovation Week. The inaugural event will be taking place in December 2021.
Speaking during the stakeholder’s meeting today at Capital Club East Africa, the Agency’s CEO Dr. Tonny Omwansa has urged innovators to showcase at (KIW) as this will expose them to investors, partners, and potential customers. “The Kenya Innovation Week will run from the 6th to the 10th of December 2021....We urge those with innovative products and services to come and exhibit.”
The innovation week will incorporate four summits namely; Skills and Talents for Innovation, Technology and 4th Industrial Revolution Summit, Commercialization summit, and the Startup Kenya summit. The hybrid summits and expos will be taking place at the Kenya School of Government – Lower Kabete. Delegates have been invited to sign up at kenyainnovationweek.com/tickets.
With a month to go, 20 pre-events including bootcamps, innovation camps, workshops, webinars, hackathons and startup challenges have been held across the country as a build up to the week. The event will see over 100 local and international speakers participate in over 98 sessions. Startups will also pitch to an audience of investors and partners on the 8th of December.
The Kenya Innovation Week is also offering startups, corporates, universities and government agencies an opportunity to showcase their innovations by exhibiting. The expos will involve both physical and virtual booths. To reserve a booth interested parties should register at kenyainnovationweek.com/exhibition-layout.
During the meeting also attended by sponsors, partners, and stakeholders of the Kenya Innovation Week, Amb. Simon Nabukwesi, the PS, Department of University Education and Research - Ministry of Education encouraged innovators and Kenyans in general to attend the KIW as it aims to strengthen the research and commercialization practices for greater socio-economic impact. He also lauded efforts by the 24 partners who have come together and committed to changing the innovation landscape in Kenya.
About the Kenya National Innovation Agency
The Kenya National Innovation Agency (KeNIA) is a State Corporation established under the Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) Act, No. 28 of 2013 under the Ministry of Education. The core mandate of the Agency is to develop and manage the National Innovation System. The Agency is therefore responsible for the coordination, promotion, and regulation of the National Innovation ecosystem. Working with partners, KeNIA strengthens interrelationships between actors in order to promote innovation and enterprise development out of research and ideas. From supporting the identification, recording and protection of innovative ideas to coordinating the establishment and implementation of appropriate policies, standards, processes, infrastructure, and partnerships to nurture the innovative ideas.
About Kenya Innovation Week (KIW)
Kenya Innovation Week is a flagship innovation forum for the country run by the Kenya National Innovation Agency. It seeks to showcase the innovativeness of Kenyans under which the national priorities of the Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030 will be advanced. It will champion relevant policy engagements on innovations within institutions while promoting practical skills necessary to create innovations that impact people. In addition, Kenya Innovation Week will strengthen the research and commercialization practices for greater socio-economic impact. To achieve its objectives, Kenya Innovation Week 2021 will convene the local governments, private sector, development partners, media and civil society in order to capitalize in as much shared value as possible.
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