The 3rd edition of the Nairobi Innovation Week, the most successful to date was held earlier this year in March. We had over 4000 delegates and 115 exhibitors that graced the event. The cabinet secretaries for the Ministry of Education, Ministry of ICT and the Ministry of Industries, Trade, and Cooperatives represented the high profile delegates from the government.
The exhibitions were set up at the Great Court at the main campus off University Way. The University of Nairobi champions innovation as a key pillar to sustainable development and a had a stand for all faculties within the institution showcased their innovations. Some of the innovations were picked up by investors for acceleration.
The startups that pitched were drawn from various, C4D Lab, innovation hubs and the Ministry of ICT incubation program. Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru particularly took interest in Kladika, a startup incubated at the C4D Lab. Kladika provides an online rental platform for high-end clothing lines as practiced in developed markets. The founding CEO; Beatrice Muthoni is looking to expand her business into retail.
The Nairobi Innovation Week week partnered with various sponsors and stakeholders. Our platinum sponsor for the 3rd edition was Barclays Bank who sponsored the event in the tune of 6 million Kenyan Shillings. Barclays Bank champions innovation both internally and externally. Earlier in the year, Barclays Bank partnered with C4D Lab for the Ready To Work program. Our gold sponsor was Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) who sponsored the event in the tune of 3 million Kenyan Shillings.
Our strategic partners included the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, and the Ministry of Industries, Trade and Cooperatives. They represented the government at the event with KIPI also holding IP master classes throughout the event. Our media partner was Nation media who covered the last day of the event live on NTV.
The pre-events normally happen on the first 2 days of the week with the of which delegates were encouraged to confirm their attendance through the online portal. The official opening was on Wednesday, the same day the exhibitors officially start showcasing their innovations. The official closing ceremony was on Friday at the new University of Nairobi Towers.
We are planning a bigger and better Nairobi Innovation week in March 2018. Do not miss out.