PBL BioAfrica; Innovation Fellows Present Bean Commercialization Model Prototype to University of Nairobi IPMO Office

Background to the Challenge The Bean Commercialization challenge was informed by the fact that University researcher Professor Paul Kimani from the Department of Plant Science and crop protection in the Faculty of Agriculture has developed more than 50 new improved bean varieties seeds. However, the University has not effectively commercialized them. Bean Production in Kenya Bean production in Kenya is …

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PBL-BioAfrica innovation challenge kicks off at the University of Nairobi

The University of Nairobi Innovation Fellowship, a program under the PBL-BioAfrica project has officially kicked off. This year’s innovation fellowship will run for 5 months and culminate with a graduation and solution handover to the client later in the year.  In the 2022 cohort, 13 fellows have been admitted and are set to immerse themselves in a challenge to formulate …

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C4DLab Partners with SERS to support entrepreneurs, and academics to go beyond borders.

C4DLab has partnered with Scale, Early, Rapidly and Securely (SERS) to roll out the Cross Border for Local Value (CBLV) program in Kenya. The program is set to help startups, SMEs, entrepreneurs, and students launch, expand and understand how to do business across the borders. Enrollment for the program is open till 13th July 2021. The program is set to …

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ATMA startups hold their first physical immersion trip in Kenya

Startups admitted to the Africa Transformative Mobility Accelerator (ATMA) held their first physical immersion trip in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. The startups from both Kenya and Uganda underwent a three-day’s immersion which involved site visits, networking sessions with mobility stakeholders, practitioners and enthusiasts, and also got a chance to do mock pitching in an event held at the University of Nairobi’s …

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PBL – BioAfrica Project Kicks Off

The virtual kickoff seminar for the PBL-BioAfrica was held on November 4–5, 2020. PBL-BioAfrica is a collaborative project for strengthening bioeconomy education through promoting PBL (problem-based learning), entrepreneurship, innovation, and digital learning methods in Sub-Saharan Africa.  “PBL-BioAfrica is for reforming bioeconomy curricula and improving graduates’ work-life relevant competence. We aim at strengthening the students’ ability to tackle global sustainability issues”, …

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University of Nairobi among varsities to roll out PBL – BioAfrica project in Africa

The University of Nairobi is among the 3 selected universities in Kenya to roll out the PBL – BioAfrica project in Kenya. Through C4DLab, the University will collaborate with Egerton University and South Eastern Kenya University (SEKU) to implement the bioeconomy centered project. PBL-BioAfrica is a collaborative project for strengthening the capacity in bioeconomy HEIs (Higher Education Institutions) in Kenya …

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9 Startups Admitted to the Africa Transformative Mobility Accelerator (ATMA)

Africa Mobility Initiative (AMI) through its accelerator program, Africa Transformative Mobility Accelerator (ATMA) has admitted 9 startups for the 2020/2021 cohort. AMI’s vision is to create a vast network of continental and global transformative mobility enthusiasts, who work together to create sustainable and scalable solutions to mobility challenges in Africa. All the 9 startups are in the mobility space and …

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The Africa Mobility Initiative through its accelerator program, Africa Transformative Mobility Accelerator (ATMA) is calling startups in the mobility industry to apply to join the accelerator’s 2020 cohort. The open application is LIVE on africamobilityinitiative.com and will run till 31st March 2020. The Africa Mobility Initiative (AMI) is supported by Shell Foundation a UK charity, and the Transformative Urban Mobility …

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Testimonies have been given of how the Kenyan startup ecosystem is filled up with ‘Compepreneurs’ – (people who pretend to be entrepreneurs but instead are seasoned competitors jumping from one pitch fest to another just to get prize money awards!) The ecosystem now reads from the same page and it has dawned to many that it’s time to get rid …

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THROUGH THE LENS OF A FELLOW – Claire’s Take on The Innovation Fellowship

A Claire Kanja Review “…the Design thinking process has in fact made me learn how to tackle real life challenges in a systematic manner…” My experience with the Problem based learning program with the C4D Lab has been amazing. When I first joined, I thought I was not attending the right program. However, during the introduction week, I was proven …

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