The University of Nairobi is searching for more support from various partners for the Nairobi Innovation Week 2017.
This was revealed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Peter Mbithi who was speaking to prospective partners at the Nairobi Innovation Week 2017 breakfast meeting.
“We are inviting you to join us not only in executing, but also in planning the Nairobi Innovation Week 2017,” Peter Mbithi said. “As the University of Nairobi, we can provide the environment and coordinate the thought leadership, but we need as many of you as possible to support us with human resources, ideas.”
The Barclays Bank, Trade and Cooperatives, Ministry of Industry, and UNICEF have been key partners in the 2015 and 2016 Innovation Weeks. Others include, Uber, Konza Technopolis, IBM, Intel, National Bank of Kenya, Israeli Embassy, UoN Alumni Office, Safaricom among others.
Speaking at the event, the Principal Secretary, State Department of Industry and Enterprise Development, Mr. Julius Korir, noted that the Nairobi Innovation Week is a good platform that brings together investors, innovators and the academia together. Mr. Julius Korir urged innovators to be focused and versatile. He also pledged to support the innovators and business start-ups find markets, setup companies, provide networking opportunities, create linkages, and most importantly to provide funding.
The Vice-Chancellor also announced that the 2017 Innovation Week will be held in the first week of March. “We feel it is a more appropriate time for partners and look forward to maintaining the date of subsequent events in years to come to be in the first week of March,” he said.
The 2017 event, themed ‘Innovating to Solve Pressing Local and Global Challenges, targets inventors using technology to address concerns such as food scarcity, climate change and poverty.
Dr. Tony Omwansa, Chairman, Nairobi Innovation Week Organizing Committee, also urged more partners to join the innovation eco-system that has gained momentum since its inauguration in 2015.