The call for startups to participate in the annual NIW.Startups programme at the Nairobi Innovation Week is live. Startups can now apply and update their profiles on the NIW.Startups online portal for consideration in 2019. The deadline for application is 5th April 2019. 30 startups will be selected to pitch during the 5th Nairobi Innovation Week and the 6 Most Promising Startups 2019 feted. The startups are set to scale, network, get discovered by investors, partners, customers, mentors and the media. They will also learn from coaches and mentors.
Startups with existing profiles on the NIW.Startups portal will only need to update their profiles for consideration in 2019. Startups in early stage and growth stage are eligible. The thematic areas for this year are in line with the Nairobi Innovation Week 2019 theme, ‘Innovation and Kenya’s Big 4 Agenda.’ The following are the select thematic areas:
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Health and Life Sciences
- Manufacturing and Processing
- Innovative Housing
- Cleantech and Renewable Energy
- Education and Employability
- Governance and Civic Tech
- Transport and Logistics
- eCommerce and Business Services
- Gaming and Entertainment and
- Hardware Innovations
The NIW.Startups programme will bring together the startups ecosystem in Kenya and beyond. Investors present in 2019 will include VC Funds, Angels and Foundations. Startup enablers will include hubs, incubators and advisers. Selected startups from more advanced ecosystems will also be invited to participate.
Participating startups are expected to complete creating and updating their profiles and those of their team members for selection among the 30 startups to pitch during the prestigious Nairobi Innovation Week.