Set to be held in March, 2018, the Nairobi Innovation Week is looking to hold 100 pitches and invest into 15 startups at the March event at the University of Nairobi.
The initiative is working with over 30 startup enables from across the region unlike the NIW2017 when it had about 2 start-up enablers, iBizAfrica and Metta.
“This year we are partnering with up to 30 start-up enablers in the region. Start-ups are encouraged to apply by visiting http://startups.niw.co.ke for a chance to be admitted at NIW.Startups program,” said John Kieti, NIW.Startups 2018 lead. “With key start up ecosystem players taking part in this year’s event it is widely believed that this could be the chance most start-ups have been waiting for to get maximum exposure.”
NIW2018 is working with Unicef, Villgro Kenya, Swahili pot Hub, iHub, Metta, ibiz Africa, Viktoria Ventures, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland among others.
“We are delighted to share our collaborative platform with serious players in the regional and international start up ecosystem. We are hopeful that NIW.Startups is a springboard for increased collaboration among the many organisations involved,” said Dr Tonny Omwansa who is the chairperson of the Nairobi Innovation Week Planning Committee. He went on further indicating that these partnerships will truly have lasting impact to future generations in the ecosystem.
IBizAfrica and Strathmore University have been an active participant in the Nairobi Innovation Week for the past two editions and have witnessed Nairobi Innovation Week grow to become one of Kenya’s fastest growing platforms for start-up support and funding, showcasing Kenya’s most innovative start-ups and driving collaboration and growth of the Start-up Ecosystem in Kenya.