Wednesday 14th February 2018, The Nairobi Innovation Week organizing committee held its traditional media briefing with its strategic partners, sponsors and the University of Nairobi management as the convenor of the upcoming event scheduled from 5th through to 9th March 2018. With this year’s theme being ‘Innovating for a Better Tomorrow’ the breakfast saw a key strategic partners take their time to present their valuable contributions. The chief guest was Cabinet Secretary, Adan Mohamed.
The key Speaker Industrialization, Trade and Cooperatives CS Adan Mohammed highlighted that it was exciting times to invest in startups. He also highlighted that government on its own intends to support an estimated five thousand small businesses. Thanking sponsors, strategic partners and all other key players he also urged for more interest and investment from others who were yet to join in supporting the annual event which will see over one hundred companies participate.
“My ministry will continue to support this great initiative which has seen tremendous growth in the last couple of years,” said CS Mohamed. He also acknowledged the importance of small businesses in our country. “I recognise that we have a high unemployment ratios in our country but every 10 jobs created within in Kenya, 8 or 9 are created by small businesses that sprout from such initiatives. I commend the University for a job well done,” he continued.
At the event, some partners presented their cheques in support of the Nairobi Innovation Week 2018 to the Vice-Chancellor. They include: I Choose Life- Kenya, National Research Fund and NETFUND each gave Kshs. 1 million and the University of Nairobi Alumni Association gave Kshs. 500,000. Other partners include Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Ministry of ICT, Ministry of Education, Finnish Embassy, UNICEF, African Development Bank, IITA, GIZ, Villgro, IBM and Israel Embassy. The organizing committee values this partnerships that will truly impact future.
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