In Summary
  • There was a 3G wireless router called a BRCK, wearable technology designed for boda boda drivers to help save lives in the form of Clad Light, and Fun Kidz, functional furniture that educates, too. 
  • Hordes of entrepreneurs showed up at the makeshift Innovation Village at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, eager to talk about their products.
  • We have already proved, via products such as M-Pesa, M-Farmer, and M-Kopa, that our nation has a knack for creating innovations that transform lives and communities.

In global strategy consultant Scott D. Anthony’s book, The First Mile: A Launch Manual for Getting Great Ideas into the Market, he describes the innovator’s first footsteps into launching a business as being both an exhilarating and perilous place. 

It can also be a lonely place. 

This hard truth is borne out in statistics, which show that while innovators start with gusto and shimmy with entrepreneurial zest, most are unable to reach the second mile, let alone the finish line. 

Following weeks of early mornings and late nights, and more than a few cups of chai and coffee, in which I led a strategic advisory committee in tandem with the ICT Authority and Ministry of ICT, I can attest to the combination of passion and purpose that helped make Kenya’s first National ICT Innovation Forum last week a success.

Many voluntarily gave up their time so that they could help Kenya’s future entrepreneurs live a dream — a dream that will soon become a reality. 

INNOVATION VILLAGE

Hordes of entrepreneurs showed up at the makeshift Innovation Village at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre, eager to talk about their products.

There was a 3G wireless router called a BRCK, wearable technology designed for boda boda drivers to help save lives in the form of Clad Light, and Fun Kidz, functional furniture that educates, too. 

All of these were worthy examples of Kenyan innovation and a testament to the fact that our national entrepreneurial flair runs deep, with the nation’s start-up success stories and tech boom sparking international headlines in recent years. 

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