President Uhuru Kenyatta Visits @iLabAfrica and @iBizAfrica at GES2015 Launch at Strathmore University
His Excellency the President Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H. officially launched the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) on 9thJune, 2015. The event that was filled with eager young entrepreneurs, sought to showcase and discuss innovation in Kenya. Accompanied by the Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning, Ms. Anne Waiguru, the president discussed areas the government hopes to work on to strengthen innovation in a country full of great potential. Business founders showcased their projects, while urging the president to consider entrepreneurs holistically and strive to boost the régime.
Organized annually since 2009, the GES has emerged as a global platform connecting emerging entrepreneurs with leaders from businesses, international organizations, and governments looking to support them. This will be the first time the GES will take place in sub-Saharan Africa. This year’s summit is scheduled to take place in Kenya, with U.S. President Barrack Obama expected to grace the auspicious occasion.
President Uhuru Kenyatta, had the chance of visiting and meeting Innovators from @ILabAfrica Research center and @iBizAfrica incubation center.He was showcased the various projects @iLabAfrica is involved with including Systems Security, County Revenue Collection Systems, Girls in Technology, Kenya Law App , KNBS Data Vistualization Platform among other projects. He also had the opportunity to meet young entrepreneurs whose startups are currently incubated @iBizAfrica . These included Magazine Reel, Sufuria.com, Valuraha, Buymore,Signs media, Ent mobile, School Masters among other startups had an opportunity to showcase their projects and book key appointments with the government office.
Accentuating the fact that Kenya is full of great entrepreneurs in his address, President Uhuru encouraged companies to identify the potential in the country and tap into it. The president also discussed the role the government is playing in encouraging this great segment of the country, promising young entrepreneurs that he will create a forum where the private sector, public sector and investors will discuss the future of entrepreneurs. President Uhuru also urged investors to pick on inventors in the country stating that it is not fair that young potential entrepreneurs have to seek an audience elsewhere, “I’m disappointed by our inability to tap into the great ideas we have locally. The best entrepreneurs in the world are clearly looking at what is happening in Kenya.”
CS Anne Waiguru spoke of the potential in Africa and Kenya affirming that there is a lot of potential in the country that needs to be tapped into. Ms. Waiguru also mentioned that Kenya is ranked among the top countries with potential for investment in Africa. “Kenya is a key driver of economic stability in Africa,” she said. In his welcoming address, Dean of Strathmore Business School and DVC Research Strathmore University Dr. George Njenga, lauded Kenya for the upcoming GES conference, stating that Strathmore is rich with innovators who are ready to work with president and serve the country. “At Strathmore we have good warriors ready to serve you and your government,” Dr. Njenga emphasized.
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