Tuesday August 5th, 2014*
9:00 am - 5:00pm
Location: Strathmore Business School.
Join ANDE and The Lemelson Foundation for a high level round-table discussion on the challenges faced by science, technology, and engineering based entrepreneurs in Kenya and the ecosystem that supports them.
Topics of discussion will include:
- The ecosystem that supports science, technology and engineering based enterprises
- Investing in physical infrastructure
- Understanding markets for invention
- Talent gaps in the life-cycle of an invention based business
Full draft agenda can be found here
*Note: change of date from June 24, 2014
ANDE and The Lemelson Foundation believe that science, technology and invention based enterprises based in developing countries are
capable of having a significant positive impact on the lives of the poor.
However, it appears that these enterprises are not achieving their full
potential impact due to the lack of a supporting ecosystem. In order to
maximize the impact of these "invention" based enterprises and
promote the expansion of the field, a supportive ecosystem must be created that
can connect with invention based enterprises, support their growth, and
ultimately amplify their ability to improve the lives of the poor in developing
We use the term invention based entrepreneurship/ enterprise
to refer to the specific sub set of technology based entrepreneurs that focus
on developing and commercializing new physical products that in general serve
the needs of those living at the base of the pyramid. We use this term to differentiate these
“hardware” based enterprises from those working to develop ICT or “software”
based technologies for the BOP. We make
this differentiation because we believe that hardware, or invention based
entrepreneurs, faces a unique set of challenges that warrants further
exploration and targeted action.
In this one day meeting, ANDE will convene a diverse set of
actors that collectively represent the ecosystem that supports these invention
based entrepreneurs. Together we will engage in focused discussions on where
the ecosystem fails, and formulate actionable approaches to filling these