Nine innovators from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) who took part in the Kiambu County Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship week have been awarded by Kiambu County Government for their exemplary masterpieces.
The nine were part of seventeen other innovators from Kiambu County who were awarded at a colorful ceremony held at JKUAT on Friday, May 27, 2022.
To spur innovation knack among its youth, Kiambu County has taken the initiative to recognize young men and women who are trailblazers in their respective fields. This will be significant in leveraging shared values, encouraging inclusive businesses and ensuring corporate social investment programs of companies to absorb youth from needy backgrounds through employment and upskilling.
The innovations competitions had attracted 90 participants from the 12 sub-counties of Kiambu County with JKUAT leading the way with over 45 Projects. Those who participated included, small and medium enterprises, JKUAT students and alumni, business start-ups, and bankers among others.
Speaking on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, the Principal, College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS), Prof. George Thiong’o appreciated the County Government of Kiambu led by the Governor, Dr. James Nyoro for choosing JKUAT as the host of the first annual Kiambu Youth Innovation and Entrepreneurship Week.
“As a university, we recognize in a big way, the support given by both public and private sector in our various Innovation Exhibition events like the Annual JKUAT Scientific Conference, Annual JKUAT Tech Expo and many other Innovation Hackathons and Bootcamps aimed at mentoring and commercializing innovations from our students. We hereby call upon like-minded partners with great ideas on how we can do this to feel free and visit JKUAT. Let’s discuss how best we can partner in this great initiative,” said Prof. Ngumi.
The Secretary, Youth Affairs, Ministry of ICT, Mr. Raymond Ouma said the platform is important in providing clarity on how innovation can be embedded to complement Kenya’s development agendas.
“Efforts to help promote innovations in the County contributes towards a well-coordinated, developed and visible National Innovation System which in turn, mainstreams initiatives aimed at achieving the Vision 2030, Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s Agenda 2063,” said Mr. Ouma.
He stated that deliberate plans by the Government are underway to support the innovations by young people to ensure that their businesses thrive.
Speaking on behalf of the Kiambu County Governor, Dr. James Nyoro, Mr. Allen Kimani, who is Kiambu County’s economic advisor, noted that most youth innovators face various challenges such as lack of finance, technical know-how, and insufficient knowledge in governance among many others.
Mr. Kimani called upon all the stakeholders to work together in identifying young innovators and entrepreneurs and help them scale up their businesses.
While thanking the County government for organizing the event, Ms. Loise Njeri an award-winning innovator who is also a JKUAT undergraduate student pursuing Development studies, was jubilant for emerging among top performers.
Ms. Njeri came up with nutritious herbal soups, immune boosters and detoxifiers to improve human health and improve immunity against arthritis and anemia among other diseases.
She stated that her innovation was inspired by the “need to become healthy, to be able to build a more developed and industrialized economy.”