Startup Ecosystem Forum

Startup Ecosystem Forum

Enhancing the Startup Ecosystem in Kenya

DATE: 11TH JUNE, 2019


Kenya’s Startup ecosystem is shaping up! This is evidenced by growing number of innovation hubs and labs, great ideas by startups, talent and investor networks. Universities are realigning their education delivery methods to accommodate the new wave of innovation. The local and international investor network is gradually picking up and injecting support in startups in the country and region. Development partners are recognizing and supporting this movement.  We have a duty to sustain the momentum and propel the country to the next level.

If you are a stakeholder in the startup ecosystem, this forum is a must attend to engage, network and gather insights regarding the fast-developing ecosystem!

Working with partners, Make-IT is sponsoring a Startup Ecosystem forum that will feature the following:

Key Highlights

Pitching of the NIW2019 startups

Launch of new partnerships by Make-IT

Brief from selected startups that have passed NIW before

Announcement of the operational model of the ASSEK

Startup investment-readiness engagement

Keynote presentations by opinion shapers


Aregash Asfaw

Programme Director, Sustainable Economic Development & E4D/SOGA
Deutsche Gesellschaft für
Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Cecilia Mwangi

Coordinator, Make-IT in Africa Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative

Tonny Omwansa

Director, C4DLab | Chairman, Nairobi Innovation Week

Bitange Ndemo

Associate Professor, University of Nairobi’s School of Business

Jonas Tesfu

Co-founder and CEO, Pangea Accelerator

Harry Hare

Publisher and Chairman, CIO East Africa | Executive Director, DEMO Africa

Florence Kimata

SME Advisor, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives


Chairperson, ASSEK

Robert Yawe

Managing Director, Synaptech Solutions Limited

Hervé Kubwimana

Head of Accelerator Africa, Merck Innovation Center

Ramses Malaty

Deputy Head of Mission – Finland Embassy