Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Prof. Imbuga (right) and Mr. Manian sign the MOU. Looking on is Mr. Dash (Left) and JKUAT Director Linkages, Dr. Mwikamba Kaibui

Prof. Imbuga (right) and Mr. Manian sign the MOU. Looking on is Mr. Dash (Left) and JKUAT Director Linkages, Dr. Mwikamba Kaibui

In her effort to make her students job creators, JKUAT has partnered with Cybercomb to provide education space using frugal technology to foster entrepreneurship and commercialise innovations generated by students.

The 10-year partnership signed June 20, 2016, will see the creation of JKUAT – Cybercomb Innovation Hub that will help to mentor, groom, incubate and commercialise students’ innovations, sychronising Cybercomb Africa’s IT activities with JKUAT’s strategic direction to optimise returns.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Cybercomb Managing Director, SRS Manian said technology innovation has real potential to solve people’s day to day life challenges echoing Cybercomb mantra; ‘Technology for Humanity’.

“This partnership provides a great platform for students to come up with creative innovations that will not only improve their economic status but will also positively impact the lives of this country and beyond,” said Manian.

On her part, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, said the University values the need to train and mentor young innovators who will contribute to the socio-economic development of the country adding that JKUAT students’ capacity for creativity and innovation is a major reason why the University thrives in the field of technology.

Prof. Imbuga and Mr. Manian exchange the partnership documents

Prof. Imbuga and Mr. Manian exchange the partnership documents

“With such partnerships, unemployment will dwindle. There is need to groom and empower these young innovators to become entrepreneurial, making them job creators thus improving their lives and make the country economically prosperous and secure,” said Prof. Imbuga.

Prof. Imbuga further said, to encourage student innovations, JKUAT has established the Directorate of Intellectual Property and Industry Liaison Office (DIPUIL) to take stock and protect innovators intellectual property.

The meeting was also addressed by Cybercomb Director, Sanjy Dash, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension), Prof. Esther Kahangi, and Director, Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park, Dr. Suleiman Oketch.

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