Prof Mary Kinoti Director Innovation & Intellectual Property Management Office at the Centre and John Orindi Director corporate affairs far left pose for a photo with students who participated in the UNI: INNOVATORS startups in residence program demo and showcase day at iHub Nairobi on Thursday, October 26th, 2023
The University of Nairobi students Mariam Salim’s, Nafisa Agil’s, Josiah Mbote, and Martina Sukawa budding innovators who won during UNI: INNOVATORS Start up in residence program will join innovation experts, researchers in Germany for knowledge exchange programme in best universities in a bid to perfect their innovations
Out of 6 teams that won the start up in residence innovation competition four teams from the University of Nairobi emerged victorious, winning top 4 spots and earned the opportunity to travel to Germany to exchange knowledge with leading researchers in their fields and see their innovations boosted with huge funding
On October 25, 2023, budding talents from the University of Nairobi converged in a grand demo and showcase event, dubbbed UNI: INNOVATORS Startups-in-residence program that unfolded at iHub Nairobi, co-funded by Co-creation hub & GIZ. The hub is dedicated to nurturing innovations and startups in Africa.
University of Nairobi Students, Nafisa Agil, Hussein, Muriithi Geoffrey Kibiri, Tedeschi Gitonga, Owino Aketch, Martina Sukawa, Mariam Salim, Josiah Mbote, Janice Odhiambo showcased their remarkable adequately inquibated diverse innovations with prototypes aiming to create solutions to common societal challenges ranging from Agriculture, Healthcare, Energy, technology and the circular economy.
The core of the program was to highlight and rank the best student-led innovations based on, the uniqueness of the project, scalability, creativity, Market reach, research credibility, target audience demography among other factors. Scrutiny was done by a panel of judges, comprising of industry professionals, researchers, analysts and experienced fellas in the innovation and technology space.
- Hygiea by Mariam Salim’s team, took first in the competition; an innovative solution to ensure hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers, aims to solve for hospital acquired infections HAI’s
- DEV HEALTH by Nafisa Agil’s team, a medicine student from the University of Nairobi came second in the ranks, an innovation with aims to improve patients’ lives by fostering effective communication and understanding between healthcare providers and the deaf community.
- ARAKONIVA by University of Nairobi pharmacy students Josiah Mbote and Jannice Odhiambo, pitching their innovative idea on early breast cancer detection which is accurate, affordable and user friendly scooped the third position.
- CARE CONNECT AFRICA by Martina Sukawa and her team emerged fourth, an innovative idea on empowering pregnant women
The event was graced by Prof. Stephen Kiama, Vice Chancellor (University of Nairobi) accompanied by Prof. Mary Kinoti, Director, Innovations & intellectual property Office UoN & Mr. John Orindi, Director corporate affairs.
"If we are going to find solutions to the challenges that face us every day, we are going to find them from our young people" alluded Prof. Kiama Vice Chancellor University of Nairobi during the event. He further, challenged education institutions and stakeholders to nurture innovation amongst students.