The Nailab recently initiated Incubation without borders, a project aimed at stretching incubation beyond the Kenyan borders by virtual incubation. This follows a $1.6 million grant from the Kenya ICT Authority, formerly the Kenya ICT Board. Nailab, the most established tech incubator will be holding the first hackathon outside Nairobi. This will be held in Mombasa on the weekend of 20th and 21st and will be dubbed “Incubation without Borders”.
The event to be held in partnership with JKUAT Mombasa and Kenya ICT Authority is expected to bring together tech enthusiasts and innovators from the coast region of Kenya. The end game is to convert ideas into solutions to solve problems and also assist the Mombasa tech-preneurs create sustainable businesses off them. This is expected to be a fun event while at it and the result will be revolutionary products that will mean something for people in the coast and the world.
“As we roll out the incubation program through out the country, with the support of the ICT Authority, we are keen to engage tech-preneurs to understand the different challenges they are facing in their localities to ensure that the program will work specifically to mitigate this challenges and ensure that our tech-preneurs are well prepared for the market,” says Sam Gichuru, Nailab CEO.
Kenya is in need of entrepreneurs as this is the easiest way to create jobs, a sentiment that is echoed by Victor Kyalo, Acting ICT Authority CEO. “In order to ensure that the Kenya vision 2030 is achieved through technology, we have to empower the youth who are the key drivers of the economy and todays leaders,” Victor adds.
The Nailab will do a series of engagements in the future to encourage entrepreneurship in the tech community across the country.