STARTUPS WARNED OF GETTING INTO DEALS WITH INVESTORS

Speaking during the TUMI Startup Accelerator pre- acceleration diagnostic assessment workshop, Robert Yawe alias ‘Coach Yawe’  who is a business mentor warned startups of getting into deals with investors.

Robert Yawe speaking to Startups at C4D Lab

“Startup founders should learn to say ‘No’ to investors at times otherwise you may end up being employees in your own businesses,” Said Yawe. He urged the founders and owners of the startups to always consult a legal officer before signing any agreement and be cautious of being the least shareholders in their own business.

This is not strange in the business world. A lot of startups have gone down surviving on the mercies of investors who came in to ‘support the startups’ only for the founders to realize later they almost sold their business. They now have to struggle to reclaim their companies by working as employees of their own businesses.

Marube Ogega who is a financial consultant asked the mobility startups to do a strong market research and have a great understanding of the market alongside leveraging on partnerships and affiliations especially by partnering with those in the mobility sector.

The startups were urged to delete the ideation stage in their minds and at least have customers. ‘Engaging at a concept stage is a challenge.’ Noted Marube.

Constant cap, a coach to the startups and an urban and regional planner who is greatly involved in transformative urban mobility engagements  asked the startups to align themselves with the SDGs and especially those relating to mobility and the environment.

The Director of  C4D Lab which houses the accelerator, Dr. Tonny Omwansa unveiled that the just renovated space at the incubation hub was due for launch. C4D Lab is based at the School of Computing and InformaticsUniversity of Nairobi in Chiromo campus.

The startups will undergo an incubation period of 5 months and pitch during the prestigious Nairobi Innovation Week in June where they will get exposed to potential partners and investors. The startups will also pitch to an international delegation in March where they are expected to entice and pool resources from the delegation including a team from GIZ.

MEET THE UNIVERSITY OF NAIROBI INNOVATION FELLOWSHIP ‘FETOSCOPE’ TEAM

Well well well! The University of Nairobi Innovation Fellowship is on the move and we already have teams formed. One of the teams will be handling a Universal Healthcare issue, one of Kenya’s BIG 4 AGENDA and they will be developing a pinard Fetoscope which would help in their prototyping of an enhanced Fetoscope.

Here are the brains behind the Innovative Fetoscope.

David Githaiga

David is a Biologist by profession with a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Nairobi.  He is experienced in laboratory techniques, bioinformatics methods, and program management having previously worked at Kenya Institute of Bioinformatics, Council of Governors and World Youth Alliance Africa. He is a self-taught web designer, PHP, and Python programmer.

His inspiration for joining the University of Nairobi Innovation Fellowship is the desire to acquire skills that will enable him to convert his ideas to practical applications that will make an impact in the country. His focus is, especially, within the health realm and wishes to contribute towards the attainment of Universal health coverage in the country.

He is strong on the values of modesty and loyalty. David is very passionate about science and loves to read, travel, watching movies/sports, and playing football.

Edwin Nyaluogo

Edwin is a Computer Scientist with three year’s experience in web development. He graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Degree in Computer Science in 2018. He has worked closely with government agencies, development partners and urban sector experts in ecosystem development projects such as Nairobi Innovation Week and Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative.

He is currently a programmer at C4DLab where he is part of a team that develops software/websites for projects such as NIW.Startups , TUMI Accelerator and other related domains. He has deep interest in technology and design and their potential to offer equitable and sustainable living for the youth.

Jephter Ondieki

Jephter is a graduate in remote sensing and GIS from the University of Nairobi with second class honors (upper division) and currently finished his master’s in the same field. Jephter has strong technical experience and education in Big data and space science. He possesses strong skills in GIS programming, big data mining, data analysis and strong customer service to his clients. He has a full understanding of the full life cycle of remote sensing. He also has experience in learning and excelling at new technologies as needed. He is a resourceful investigator, a creative problem solver and a strong motivator. He likes to research new trends, analyzing information, and discovering new inspirations.

Kevin Gat

Kevin Gat has a Bachelor’s degree of Science Biology from the University of Nairobi with a passion for research and development (R&D).Gat has worked as a librarian at the UON Chiromo library. He is also passionate about matters affecting communities hence his participation in the anti-lead poisoning campaign held at the University of Nairobi in December 2018.

Kevin is an all-rounded individual with equal passion for extra-curricular activities. He has a brown belt in martial arts from Kenya Federation of Karate.

Phelister Nyanchama

Phelister is a  fifth year student at the University of Nairobi undertaking a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. She always purposes to achieve her full potential and perform with honesty and integrity in all her endeavors. She has previously served as the Academic Secretary Engineering Students Association in University of Nairobi 2017/2018. She was the chairperson during the first Engineering Students conference held in Kenya. She currently serves as a mentorship team member in Womeng Kenya. She has previously won awards such as the  first prize student energy challenge, 2018.  She was the team leader of a team that represented University of Nairobi in Unilever Idea Trophy Kenya 2016 finals. She is  a competitive person who believes in working as a team for the best results and she  is always at the fore front trying to push many boundaries so as to learn more, meet new people and try out new experiences.

 

Let’s see how this team works it out!

WHAT TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2019!

The Nairobi Innovation Week 2019

Last year was pretty an eventful one. Once again, C4D Lab through the University of Nairobi hosted the 4th edition of the Nairobi Innovation Week in March. Folks, this was one of a kind. The event saw over 2,000 delegates come together to promote innovation. 50 plus international speakers also flew into Kenya to grace the event with over 100 local and international exhibitors showcasing their innovations.

Who knew someone would walk away with a cool Ksh 1 Million? Yes just like that! The NIW.Startups day was packed in the best way ever as innovation met fun. It can only get better in 2019. Let’s see how things shape up for NIW 2019.

TUMI Startup Accelerator

2018 was amazing for C4D Lab. We emerged as a winner of the Global Urban Mobility Challenge 2018 by the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative. (TUMI) This of course has come with its goodies in 2019! We have set up Kenya’s first mobility accelerator which is  set to unlock new opportunities and solve the urban mobility challenges in African Cities. Six startups have already been admitted into the accelerator set to be officially launched on 24th January 2019. These startups are a thing to watch out in 2019 especially with the talk of Kenya introducing BRT’s among other transport projects set to redefine mobility in Kenya.

Founders and co-founders of the startups admitted into the TUMI Startup Accelerator

MD-PBL FOR EDUCATORS

The signs are as clear as day that Problem Based Learning is the next big thing for the Kenyan education curriculum and we are here to set the pace. We have rolled out a flagship Multi-Discplinary Problem Based Learning for Educators programme whose application is ongoing. This is part of a larger initiative to bring together multidisciplinary teams to develop sustainable solutions for community challenges. The MD-PBL for Educators aims at strengthening capacity of academic staff to run effective problem based learning programmes in a multi-disciplinary format in their institutions. Ladies and gentlemen, this will be a ‘baby’ to watch out for in 2019.

Download MD-PBL For Educators concept note

The University of Nairobi Innovation Fellowship

A catchy year as it may have been, in 2019 we are focusing on increasing students’ participation in the Nairobi Innovation Week through active participation. We are set to roll out a students’ challenge and drives to discover students’ innovations and ideas. Selected ideas will be exhibited and showcased  during this year’s edition of the Nairobi Innovation Week. Are you a student pregnant with ideas but lacking a platform to express them? Keep on checking out our website and social media platforms for updates on this.

Expectations are high this year and as always we will be tabling more this year including launching our just renovated space at C4DLab.  We’re just getting started. Watch out!