Startup Ecosystem Forum

Enhancing the Startup Ecosystem in Kenya

Date: 11th June, 2019
Venue: Manu Chandaria Auditorium, University of Nairobi

Kenya’s Startup ecosystem is shaping up! This is evidenced by growing number of innovation hubs and labs, great ideas by startups, talent and investor networks. Universities are realigning their education delivery methods to accommodate the new wave of innovation. The local and international investor network is gradually picking up and injecting support in startups in the country and region. Development partners are recognizing and supporting this movement.  We have a duty to sustain the momentum and propel the country to the next level.
If you are a stakeholder in the startup ecosystem, this forum is a must attend to engage, network and gather insights regarding the fast-developing ecosystem! Working with partners, Make-IT is partnering with NIW to host a Startup Ecosystem Forum that will feature the following:

Key Highlights

Recognising the NIW2019 startups

Launch of new partnerships by Make-IT

Brief from selected startups that have passed NIW before

Announcement of the operational model of the ASSEK

Startup investment-readiness engagement

Keynote presentations by opinion shapers


Aregash Asfaw

Programme Director, Sustainable Economic Development & E4D/SOGA
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Cecilia Mwangi

Coordinator, Make-IT in Africa Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative

Tonny Omwansa

Director, C4DLab | Chairman, Nairobi Innovation Week

Bitange Ndemo

Associate Professor, University of Nairobi’s School of Business

Jonas Tesfu

Co-founder and CEO, Pangea Accelerator

Harry Hare

Publisher and Chairman, CIO East Africa | Executive Director, DEMO Africa

Florence Kimata

SME Advisor, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives

Bernard Chiira

Chairperson, ASSEK

Robert Yawe

Managing Director, Synaptech Solutions Limited

Hervé Kubwimana

Head of Accelerator Africa, Merck Innovation Center

Ramses Malaty

Deputy Head of Mission – Embassy of Finland

Martin Kiilu

Lead I3N (Intellecap Impact Investment Network) East Africa

Bertil van Vugt

Business Development Lead, VC4Africa

Kathleen Bury

CEO, Mowgli Mentoring

Stephen Gugu

Co-founder, Viktoria Ventures

Jarmo Sareva

Ambassador for Innovations, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland

Navalayo Osembo



The prestigious Manu Chandaria Theatre for Performing Arts, commonly known as the Manu Chandaria Auditorium, is located at the University of Nairobi Towers at the Main Campus of the University of Nairobi.