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Strengthening the Ecosystem for Invention Based Business in Kenya
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8/5/2014
When: Tuesday August 5th
From 8:30 AM until 5:00 PM
Where: Strathmore Business School.
Nairobi
Kenya
Contact: Alex Pan
2027362505


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Strengthening the Ecosystem for Invention Based Business in Kenya: 
A Roundtable Discussion.


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

Background

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 countries.

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 ecosystem gaps.