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.