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About Make-IT in Kenya

Make-IT supports the Kenyan Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives in strengthening the ecosystem as a whole and in empowering selected tech entrepreneurs to achieve greater international visibility and success. In Kenya, Make-IT’s approach is aligned with the Ministry’s mission: “To create an enabling environment for a globally competitive and sustainable industrial, enterprise and co-operative sector through appropriate policy, legal and regulatory frameworks.”

Our Make-IT Desk in Nairobi serves as the point of contact for ecosystem stakeholders in Kenya who wish to collaborate with the Make-IT Alliance. The desk coordinates Make-IT on site and provides capacity development for important entrepreneurship support organisations, such as the Association of Startup & SMEs Enablers of Kenya (ASSEK).

About the local ecosystem

Kenya’s innovation ecosystem is one of the most mature on the African continent. The so-called “Silicon Savannah” is expected to continue to positively impact the country’s tech start-up ecosystem. Kenya’s tech venture space is shaped by its variety of ecosystem players, such as hubs and co-working spaces, incubators and accelerators, and an active investor scene, as well as important conferences and events like Nairobi Innovation Week and Nairobi Tech Week.

Our Team in Kenya

Chandi Tome


GIZ Nairobi, Kenya

Tracy Weru

Make-IT Desk Coordinator

GIZ Nairobi, Kenya

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202021sep10:00Pan-African | Make a difference in emerging countries’ start-up ecosystems: Make-IT Day 2020, 24.09.2020Country:Nigeria,Rwanda,Kenya,Ghana,Tunisia,Germany

202028aug8:07PAN-AFRICAN | Make-IT in Africa: Newsletter: Focus Ecosystem CollaborationCountry:Nigeria,Rwanda,Ghana,Tunisia,Kenya

202011aug0:00Nairobi | #Food Africa AcceleratorCountry:Kenya,Kenya

202006julalldayPAN-AFRICAN | Capacity Development for AgTech Start-ups - Get Platform ready: Open Call for Applications until July 20, 2020Country:Nigeria,Cote d’Ivoire,Rwanda,Kenya,Ghana,Nigeria,Tunisia,Kenya

202003jun8:00PAN-AFRICAN | #Africa4Future Showcasing Event: Join Airbus Bizlab, GIZ and CcHUB on June 11, 2020Country:Nigeria,Rwanda,Ghana,Tunisia,Kenya

202004may10:00PAN AFRICAN | Tech by Her Accelerator Programme: MEST and Make-IT in Africa announce 2020 CohortCountry:Nigeria,Rwanda,Ghana,Tunisia,Kenya

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We are indeed grateful for the partnership with the GIZ Make IT in Africa Program in supporting two of key initiatives, namely the Mapping of Enablers in the Ecosystem and the commencement of a Policy Hackathon process. I am confident that with enabling policy and coordinated capacity support, we will accelerate the establishment of sustainable enterprises and contribute to job creation.
Betty Maina, MBSPrincipal Secretary, State Department of Industrialization, Kenyan Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives