Press Release

July, 2018

The IREN Technologies and Innovation Challenge 2018 (ITIC-2018)

165 Technology Innovators from Kenya’s 14 Lake Region Economic Bloc Counties to Drive Food Security Solutions

 

165 Technology Innovators from Kenya’s 14 Lake Region Economic Bloc Counties are set to Develop Smart Food Security Solutions and Undergo Accelerator Training.

Panelists for The IREN Technologies and Innovation Challenge 2018 (ITIC-2018) have selected 165 innovators, from over 295 applicants, to undergo an accelerator training that will help them develop and showcase smart food security technologies and innovations to a wider market. The 165 hail from Kenya’s 14 Lake Region Economic Bloc Counties. The training commenced in June in the respective counties and will run through to October 2018.

The successful applicants aged 18 and above from Bomet, Bungoma, Busia, Homa Bay, Kakamega, Kericho, Kisii, Kisumu, Migori, Nyamira, Nandi, Siaya, Trans Nzoia and Vihiga have joined their respective County Technology & Innovation Solution Hubs to conceptualize, develop and ultimately pitch their smart food security solutions during the ITIC-2018 Trade Fair later in November, 2018.

The best hub from each county will compete with fellow top hubs in participating counties to determine the overall top three hubs that will stand a chance to win seed capital to further scale up their innovations and technologies. The hubs will also be beneficiaries of the business meetings, networking, exhibition and award gala that will involve educational institutions/NGOs and for profit organizations resident in the Lake Region Economic Bloc counties.

“Finding innovative solutions to food security challenges facing the Lake Region Economic Bloc counties is paramount to the Friedrich Naumann Foundation’s mission. We are proud to be partners in this competition,” says Veni Swai, Senior Programme Officer for Friedrich Naumann Foundation, East Africa.

“We are delighted to host these innovators from the Lake Region Economic Bloc counties. They hold the key to helping the respective counties confront and counter the huge food security challenges,” says Leonard Mwasi, ITIC-2018 Programme Manager.

The ITIC 2018, an initiative of Inter Region Economic Network and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, aims to promote smart food security solutions for the 14 Lake Region Economic Bloc Counties. Other objectives of ITIC 2018 include:

-To offer individuals, educational institutions, private companies and organizations a platform to showcase technologies and innovations that promote food security.

-To identify scalable food security compatible technologies and innovations for use
by farmers and MSMEs in agribusiness value chains.

-To develop county-based Technology and Innovation Solution Hubs that offer a platform for development, actualization, and uptake of technological and innovative solutions.

 

The ITIC 2018 secretariat welcomes interested educational institutions, NGOs and for profit organizations resident in the Lake Region Economic Bloc counties to partner, network and showcase their smart solutions during the ITIC-2018 Trade Fair in November 2018.

 

For more information

Visit: younginnovatorsinagribusiness.com Call 0798802820 Email leonard@irenkenya.com

 

About The FNF

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is the foundation for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. It aims to promote the goal of making the principle of freedom valid for the dignity of all people and in all areas of society. The support of human rights, rule of law and democracy in more than 60 countries form the core of the work of the regional offices in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Central America. International and transatlantic dialogue programmes are used to promote these three values.

In East Africa, the foundation supports development of think tanks that network liberal thinkers, come up with shared concepts for development and progress by working with liberal partner organisations in the political realm as well as civil society. The Foundation is also working on a project to promote secure property rights with the aim of improving food security in the country.

About The Inter Region Economic Network, Ltd. (IREN)

IREN has managed over 18 business competitions for the last 15 year years. IREN has for the last three years created screening and training platforms for Start-ups and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises across the East African region. IREN ‘s three focus areas include Think Tank for public policy analysis targeting wealth creation in Africa; Enterprise Development to promote investor ready enterprises and consultancy.  www.irenkenya.com

 

 

Press Release

April 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

Official Launch of the IREN Technologies and Innovation Challenge – 2018 (ITIC2018) for Kenya’s 13 Lake Region Economic Block Counties

The Inter Region Economic Network has launched the IREN Technologies and Innovations Challenge-2018 (ITIC2018) in partnership with the Dar es Salaam based Friedrich Naumann Foundation. The ITIC2018 targets13 counties that form Kenya’s  Lake Region Economic Bloc. The challenge follows a 2 month study in the region that focused on the use of technologies and innovations to bolster food security in the region.

The ITIC2018 Challenge is the Fourth edition of the on-going IREN focus on food security topic. In 2014 IREN managed a youth in agribusiness idea challenge that involved 22 Sub-Saharan Africa countries dubbed Agribiz4Africa; the Young Innovators in Agribusiness that focused on youth from East Africa and Ethiopia in 2015 and the East Africa Postharvest Technologies Challenge in 2016 – 2017.

The ITIC2018 Challenge will facilitate the formation of County- based Solution Hubs. Each of the Solution Hubs will take participants through the processes of identifying a challenge, developing solutions, developing prototypes and to pitch to potential partners and financiers. The competition will be between 39 County Solution Hubs.

Entries are expected from individuals (aged 18 years and above who reside in the Lake region economic basin counties and have attained at least secondary school education). They will be grouped into IREN County Solution Hubs to develop Technology and Innovation Solutions. The County Solution Hubs will compete and the top providers of scalable technologies and solutions invited to  the IREN Technologies and Innovations Trade Fair.

“The ITIC 2018 has been structured to produce and showcase home-grown solutions that can be easily adopted by communities to help solve food security challenges,” says Leonard Mwasi, Programme Manager, ITIC 2018.

“The Friedrich Naumann Foundation recognises that food sufficiency is important for good health and  development. The Foundation is thus pleased to partner in this venture that will see Kenya’s  youth embrace innovation and get exposed to greater opportunities,” Says Veni Swai, Senior Programme Officer at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, East Africa.

IREN welcomes Institutions and established companies that showcase scalable food security compatible technologies and innovations to participate in the final ITIC2018 Trade Fair to be held later in November 2018.

For more information, contact Leonard  leonard@irenkenya.com  0728 725 722

About the partners 

IREN: The Inter Region Economic Network Ltd (IREN) is a leading independent African think tank that promotes ideas and strategies geared towards causing prosperity in Africa through free enterprise and sound public policy. IREN has managed business competitions and enterprise screening platforms for the last 15 years. It has 3 Key Focus Areas: Think Tank: with platforms that analyze and give suggestions on public policy innovation to promote prosperity and wealth creation in Africa; Enterprise Development: with platforms that grow investible and investor ready enterprises in Africa; and Consultancy whose aim is to grow productivity and markets in Africa.

Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom: The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom is the foundation  for liberal politics in the Federal Republic of Germany. It aims to promote the principle of freedom valid for the dignity of all people and in all areas of society, both in Germany and abroad.

In East Africa the foundation supports development of think tanks that network liberal thinkers, comes up with shared concepts for development and progress by working with liberal partner organisations in the political realm as well as civil society. The foundation is also working on a project to promote secure property rights with the aim of improving food security in the country.