Fourteen Kenyan innovators have been in London participating in a two-week residential training programme for the Leaders in Innovation Fellowship Programme (LIF) at the Hoxton in Shoreditch.
The LIF Programme is a collaborative programme between the Kenya National Innovation Agency (KENIA), the National Research Fund (NRF) – Kenya, and the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG) – UK. The programme is implemented under the umbrella of Kenya-UK Newton Utafiti Fund Programme.
The purpose of the programme is to nurture Kenyan technological innovators and support commercialization of innovations. The programme is a platform for developing capacity on entrepreneurship and commercialization of research outputs including intellectual property right issues.
The Innovators who have been selected to participate in the 2018 KENIA programme and their projects are:
- Dennis Kipkogei Chang’ach – The Automated Solar Powered Evaporative Cooler- Makaaridi Cooler.
- Roy Allela Mohamed – Sign-IO: A sign language to speech translation glove to address the language barrier between sign language users and those who are not conversant with sign language.
- Levit Barry Nudi – Tambua: A mobile application meant to help consumers scan on products and determine whether they are genuine or counterfeit before making any buying decisions.
- Brian Onyiego Bosire – UjuziKilimo: An innovative sensor technology and comprehensive database to collect and analyze farm data to help farmers and agriculture players make better decisions.
- Emmastella Wangui Gakuo – Maziwa Plus: A cooling on transit solar powered milk cooling system with milk PH testing device for small holder Dairy Farmers in Kenya.
- Stephen Mwongela Moses – Solar Powered Cold Storage Units.
- Kenneth Guantai – A Motorized Battery Powered Electrical Handcarts.
- Jamal Mohamed Hassan – Nitron™ Soil Testing: A Soil Nutrition Management tool that provides a platform in which smallholder farmers are empowered to make informed decisions through access of analyzed information on the nutrition of the soil.
- Fredrick Makathima Koome – Handheld Compost Aerating Tool.
- Esther Atieno Were – Savika Biojiko: An institutional cook stove designed to use pellets or briquettes made of bio-waste.
- Zacharia Patrick Kimengich – Pediatric Hip Spica Table with Extension Traction.
- John Otieno Okumu – Use of beam house solid waste in a tannery as a source of protein concentrate to formulate feed for fish.
- Eric Murithi Kithinji – Upesy: Mobile Emergency Response App.
- Betty Wanjiru King’ori – The Domestic Avocado Oil Extractor.
After the training programme, the successful innovators with the most viable business plans will be granted a commercialisation grant in line with their business plan but up to a maximum limit approved per innovator.