Make-IT in Africa hosted the Make-IT Lounge on the 21st of June 2018 at the Mövenpick Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya.
The Make-IT Lounge was part of the Alumniportal Career Fair, organized by the Delegation of German Commerce and Industry in Kenya. The event offered an exclusive access to German employers and German educational institutions. The event was aimed primarily at people who, had studied, worked or did research in a German institution. The focus laid also on those who completed a German training programme or a language course. The Make-IT Lounge was centred around the three Make-IT in Africa key words, ‘inspire, connect, develop’ and included three segments.
Inspire | Entrepreneurship Journey
The first one was ‘Entrepreneurship Journeys,’ where four entrepreneurs shared their story of how they started their business. The four entrepreneurs involved were Tekwane Mwende, Co-founder of Asilimia, Anthony Mutua, founder of Zeraco, Wanjiku Karanja, freelance entrepreneur and Kevin Kuria, founder of Sunrise Tracking. This was concluded by a Q&A session with the audience.
Connect | Networking session Kenyan start-up ecosystem
The session was followed by a networking session with various players from the start-up ecosystem, including Davind Ogiga from Sote Hub, Antony Maina from Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE) and Benson Mutahi from iHub. Audience members could speak with these start-up enablers and find out more about the different forms of support for start-ups in Kenya.
Develop | Building a business
The final event of the Make-IT Lounge focused on the foundations of building a business. There were three focal areas, legal affairs, intellectual property and HR which also presented the basics of getting a job at a start-up for those who were more interested in employment. The speakers involved were Manuela Müller from Edge Talent, Mbatia Mwasarai from ‘Rödl and Partner’ and Wanjiku Karanja from Strathmore-Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Technology Law (CIPIT).