Orange Corners Holds StartKenUP at Nailab
Orange corners,an initiative of the Kingdom of The Netherlands and its partners, held an entreprenuers event that explored the role of the government in supporting the startup ecosystem dubbed #StartKenUp. The event, held at Nailab, brought together different stakeholders in the business world who discussed among other things Government’s support to the existing hubs.
Kenya has been recognized as a startup nation across the globe with the government spearheading initiatives like the much promised “Enterprise Kenya”, the one stop entity that was envisioned to grow, facilitate and drive consumption of ICT solutions both locally and internationally with the strategic positioning of the country as an ICT hub. With the sixth annual GES Summit 2015 held in Nairobi and bringing together entrepreneurs at all stages of business development and giving the country a high profile on the world stage, it is critical to keep ourselves in check by interrogating if “Entrepreneurship” is a Fad and remind ourselves the critical values that need to be shared both by the private and public sector to keep the spirit of Innovation with all services and products developed locally.
The event was moderated by Theodore A. Klouvas, Project Manager Orange Corners Africa at Netherlands Enterprise Agency. The speakers made up of Caroline Mutoko , Wallace Kantai , Kago Kagichiri , Dr. Tonny Omwansa and Mr. John Sergon, Director, ICT, e-government Directorate under the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology explored, with interpose from the audience, ways through which the ecosystem would create value and churn out high value sustainable businesses with collaboration between hubs as the main incline so as to influence matters policy for the good of the startup environment. Ultimate take out as by Caroline Mutoko “We are government and with the right tools, should not underestimate our influence in driving change within the system”