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 low due to use of old varieties of seed beans which are low yielding and
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 a business model and commercialization strategy of new bean varieties developed by researchers and scientists
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 run for 12 weeks until October 2021 where participants will immerse into practical activities and
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 innovation and incubation hub, C4DLab. “We’ve been able to interact with key players and stakeholders
The University of Nairobi through its Innovation and Incubation hub, C4DLab and a strategic partner has opened applications for its 2021 Research and Innovation Fellowship. The 6 month-long prestigious program will give 20 select fellows an opportunity to solve real-life local problems while applying the 21st century 4Cs skills, and explore human-centered design / Design thinking methodologies. The fellows – together with other curious change makers and a community of research and innovation experts will
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”, said Project Manager, Dr. Eija Laitinen, Principal Research Scientist at the Bioeconomy Research Unit at
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 and Zambia. The focus is in developing problem-based learning (PBL) methods in bioeconomy education, and
Africa Mobility Initiative (AMI), an initiative implemented by the University of Nairobi’s C4DLab with support from Shell Foundation, the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI), the German Organization for International Cooperation GmbH (GIZ), World Resources Institute (WRI), and UN-HABITAT yesterday, October 12, 2020 launched its accelerator program, Africa Transformative Mobility Accelerator (ATMA). In a virtual launch ceremony presided over by the CEO of the Kenya National Innovation Agency, Dr. Tonny Omwansa, the startups were introduced to their mentors whom they will work with
C4DLab, in partnership with different Kenyan startup ecosystem players have unveiled the top 100 Kenya’s most promising startups of the year 2020. Through an initiative dubbed Mlika Startups, the startups were subjected to a rigorous vetting process that included nomination by ecosystem players, curation of their profiles and shortlisting, before the most promising startups were finally unveiled during the Mlika Virtual conference that took place from 16th to 18th September, 2020. About Mlika Mlika is
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 are offering transformative, practical, well researched, and tested solutions addressing urban mobility challenges in African

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