Cecilia Mwangi, Make-IT in Africa Coordinator Kenya, Ramses Malaty Deputy Ambassador of the Finish Embassy in Nairobi, Florence Kimata SME Advisor Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives and Jonas Tesfu CEO of Pangea Accelerator at the ASSEK Launch.
Esther Ndeti Engagement Advisor for ASSEK
Attendees of the ASSEK launch event
Ramses Malaty Deputy Ambassador of the Finish Emabssy in Nairobi, keynote speaker at the launch of the Association of Startup & SME Enablers of Kenya
The ASSEK management board together with official launch partners & supporters including Make IT in Africa, The Finish Embassy in Nairobi, Ministry of Industry, Trade & Cooperatives, Habitat for Humanity and Pangea Accelerator.

Images courtesy of the Association of Startup & SME Enablers of Kenya

Make IT in Africa supported the official launch of the Association of Startup and SME Enablers of Kenya (ASSEK) held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Upperhill, Nairobi on 21st May 2019 from 3.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. This marked a significant stage in the strengthening of the Kenyan entrepreneurship ecosystem.


The Association represents all the actors of the Kenyan start-up and SME enablers Ecosystem and actively promotes the networking among its members throughout the country. By bringing together and representing the interests of organisations supporting the development and growth of startups and SMEs, ASSEK will promote maximum impact of their activities.

Objectives of ASSEK include:

To drive policy and agenda for members with the government, development partners and investors, to develop rigorous ecosystem standards and guidelines.
To promote and position the Kenyan entrepreneurial ecosystem internationally, by creating visibility on key innovation and startup ecosystem indicators, enhancing public awareness of the ecosystem, and increasing the discoverability of startups for support and investment.
To facilitate business registration and compliance, capacity building, professional development and protection to its members in their efforts to foster the development of the ecosystem.
To ease the sharing of information, knowledge and best practices between the members, and forge close linkages between them and other stakeholders (including but not limited to universities, research and development institutions, corporations and business association).
To actively scout for and where necessary facilitate member access to opportunities through collaborations and partnerships.

Read more about ASSEK on their website.

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