The inaugural Eldoret Innovation Week 2023 alias EIW 2023, has officially commenced today at the Rupas’ ground in Eldoret.
Running from today to October 20th, EIW 2023 aims to be a significant gathering for innovators, entrepreneurs and key stakeholders in the business sector, particularly those within the North Rift region of Kenya.
“The event will serve as a platform for fostering innovation and technology adoption to drive sustainable business development.”
Here are the key details and activities lined up for EIW 2023:
Innovation Challenge: The event will feature an Innovation Challenge that opens for applications between February and March. Young individuals from Eldoret and the North Rift Region will have the opportunity to present their innovative solutions to a panel of expert judges from various industries. The top 5 innovators will be honoured at an award ceremony during EIW.
Capacity Building Workshops: EIW will offer a wealth of knowledge dissemination and training, spanning before, during, and after the event. Young participants from around the world can engage in webinars and think tank sessions by signing up on the official EIW web portal. These theme-based training sessions will be led by industry experts, and successful participants will receive certificates and lifetime access to study materials.
Education Reform Advocacy: EIW also serves as an advocacy platform to support education curriculum development and reviews in the region. The event aims to encourage sustainable practices that promote innovation and entrepreneurship in partnership with the County Government of Uasin Gishu and local schools.
Networking Opportunities: EIW provides a unique opportunity for young innovators and enthusiasts to connect with thought leaders, investors, and local government leaders. This is a platform for sharing knowledge and experiences with like-minded peers.
Focus Group Discussions: Innovators will participate in discussions organized by various organizations to develop creative and innovative solutions for improving existing business systems and enhancing customer service efficiency.
Keynote Speeches and Presentations: EIW will feature panel discussions and presentations, offering valuable insights to innovators and entrepreneurs.
Q&A Sessions: Feedback loops will be organized to ensure that the voices of all EIW attendees are heard, focusing on community-centred solution-driven platforms.
Exhibition Showcase: Businesses and emerging innovative entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to showcase their products, services, and their journey towards resilient recovery through business innovations.
The target audience for EIW 2023 includes youth, innovation hubs, seed funding organizations, technical and vocational education and training institutions, tech firms, government bodies, private sectors, and social impact non-profits.
This year, EIW 2023 will focus on topics such as the power of innovation in connecting technology, people and purpose; partnerships to enhance access to physical and digital infrastructure for e-commerce; emerging trends in agribusiness, climate action, alternative energy, health, education, research, and the creative economy; and mechanisms to support digital transformation for sustainable economic growth in the region.
Attending Eldoret Innovation Week offers numerous benefits, including access to resources, engaging discussions, and networking opportunities that can significantly boost business revenue.
“For partners and sponsors, EIW 2023 provides a chance to leverage technological innovation, interact with the latest technologies, network for collaboration, showcase their brand as an innovation champion and gain insights into consumer needs and market trends. Additionally, they can explore partnerships with young innovators and benchmark operations of leading enterprises to enhance their innovation strategies in the ever-evolving business landscape.”