Makueni Innovation Challenge 2021

On 17March 2021, we launched the #MakueniChallenge21, which was presided over by HE Prof. Kivutha Kibwana the Governor of Makueni County. The challenge seeks to catalyze the growth of startups, so as to amplify and consolidate the gains of the region’s digital innovative ecosystem. The theme for this year’s event is “Economic Recovery amidst Covid-19”. Startups from across the region (Machakos, Kitui, Kajiado, Taita Taveta and Makueni Counties). The sectors that are prioritized for this challenge include Agriculture, Health and Trade. 

Applications to compete will be entered as detailed startup profiles which describe the customer pain, the startups solution, revenue streams, team composition and commitment, market traction, short-term projections and milestones among other aspects. The overall startup profile will be used by the competition judges who will mostly be investors to score the potential of the startup to become a sustainable high growth enterprise.

The Finalists will be categorized and each category will feature five finalists who will pitch to an audience of Investors, Development Partners, Government Representatives, Operators and other key stakeholders from Kenya. The finalists will receive training and coaching on how to pitch to investors. 

Submit ideas by 15 APRIL 2021 through the link 

Interested in learning Design Thinking?

Makueni Tech and Innovation Hub and Ubunifu Hubs Network have come together to offer you a series of Design Thinking sessions.

Join us this Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 from 12-1pm as we sharpen our design skills.
Come Connect, Learn and Grow through our community.

Learn in a peer to peer environment and establish friendships that last long.

Register for our info session and share widely.

A moment like now calls for us to borrow a leaf from some of the cultures that have continued to add value over time to their gastronomic heritage – Indian food, Swahili dishes, Chinese, Italian cuisine – and many more examples of foods, fashion and music that we love to treat ourselves to. One thing is common across the board – resistance and continuous innovation.

The government of Kenya through Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA), has partnered with the Association of Countrywide Innovation Hubs, private sector, academia, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), to launch the Great Covid-19 Innovation challenge.

We called on designers and creative entrepreneurs to come up with bold, groundbreaking creative ideas to tackle the pressing energy issues in Delhi.

Out of the total 452 submissions to the Challenge, some 80 projects had been entered for our Nairobi city briefing.  3 projects were nominated for the Student Track, 3 projects for the Professional Track and 7 projects for the Startup Track.