The annual Innovation Week is held in Nairobi on 10-14 June 2019 targeting thousands of participants mainly from Kenya. The focus of the week's program is on innovation, modern solutions and new partnerships between the private sector, universities and other stakeholders, such as NGOs, to solve the developmental problems that have an impact on the lives of the people in the region.
Finland participates in the preparation of the week's program as a strategic partner together with the University of Nairobi, Kenyan ministries and UNICEF.
Embassy of Finland in Nairobi, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, Fingo, Business Finland and Save the Children organise a program focusing on innovations and development for Finnish companies and universities on 10-14 June 2019. There will be one program stream directly tackling educational issues too. In addition to the Nairobi Innovation Week -program, there is an opportunity to network with local startups, UN organizations, and key players in the local private sector and public administration.
Promoting PINO Network offerings
Ms Sari Päivärinta and Ms Merja Paloniemi from PINO Network will be present in Nairobi.
There will be several events to promote Finnish offerings. If you have a specific product or solution to be showcased, please call or email directly to Sari Päivärinta: +358 40 590 0163 or sari.paivarinta(a)diak.fi.
Nairobi is ideally suited to host an innovation event, because the country's capacity and ability to adopt modern solutions and innovations are much more advanced than the benchmark countries. Nairobi works as a great test field and role model in the region's startup and technology environment. A number of innovative solutions originate from Kenya, such as the Mpesa mobile money service, which is used by almost 70 percent of Kenyan people. However, especially the agricultural sector has been lagging behind in innovations.