The University of Nairobi Innovation Fellowship was flagged off today during an orientation ceremony held at the School of the Built Environment‘s ADD building by the Director of C4D Lab, Dr. Tonny Omwansa.

The competitive fellowship will give 10 admitted fellows an opportunity to solve real-life local problems while applying the 21st century 4Cs skills and explore human-centered design thinking methodologies. The fellows will interact with a community of leading innovation experts from various industries, and join a network of change-makers curious to ignite sustainable growth and development in Africa.

A selfie moment with the UoN Innovation Fellows

The admitted fellows will undertake a deep immersion into four pillars that will prepare them as innovators.

The four aspects are:

  • 21st century 4 C’s skills of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking and Creativity.

  • Principals and practices of Innovation, Fundamentals of Problem Based Learning and Design Thinking.

  • Multi-disciplinary practical problem-solving and

  • Practical experience in planning and executing the Nairobi Innovation Week.

The 10 fellows admitted into the 1st cohort of the University of Nairobi Innovation fellowship are set to solve problems given unto them by their supervisors and mentors. The journey will involve applying Problem Based Learning approaches to develop prototypes, field studies and coming up with practical solutions to the problems assigned. This 1st edition is set to run for a year.


The Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) Startup Accelerator call for startups has been opened today. Startups in the urban mobility sector can now apply on Selected startups will get in kind support of equivalent value of up to $20,000. The application process will run for one month and close on 15th November 2018.

TUMI Startup Accelerator is looking for startups that offer transformative, practical, well researched and possibly tested solutions to urban mobility challenges in African Cities. The selected startups will be incubated in C4DLab for five months. During this period, they will receive coaching and mentorship from local and international transport experts. The startups will also get an opportunity to pitch and exhibit at the prestigious Nairobi Innovation Week in 2019. To sum up the package, they will exclusively get links with investors, partners and receive kind support of equivalent value of up to $20,000.

The call for startups has been made by the TUMI Startup Accelerator, an incubation hub in the Computing for Development Lab (C4DLab). C4DLab is the innovation and incubation lab of the University of Nairobi in Kenya. The hub provides technical and financial support towards provision of transformative solutions to urban mobility challenges.

This comes after C4DLab was awarded as a winner of the Global Urban Mobility Challenge 2018 courtesy of the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative which is a consortium of World leading organisations. C4DLab therefore came up with the TUMI Startup Accelerator to support startups provide transformative urban mobility solutions that can offer more travel options, reduce the travel time, cost, risk of transportation and provide comfort for its users. This comes in the rise of a need to have inclusive mobility options especially for people with disabilities and other special needs groups. The innovations will help to reduce harmful emissions and promote efficient energy use in African cities.