Nairobi Set to Host Startup Weekend Education #SWEDU2016

Nairobi Set to Host Startup Weekend Education #SWEDU2016

Startup Weekend Education Nairobi will be taking  place at iBizAfrica, Strathmore Student Center, 5th Floor on 21 – 22 May 2016. Developers, entrepreneurs, designers, students and teachers will come together to rapidly build business models and prototypes that promote innovative designs for increasing quality and access of education. They stand to win;

  • Seed funding
  • Ongoing mentorship ensuring longer-term business support

Nairobi, a hub for startups and entrepreneurs, was the venue for The Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015. “Kenya may well be on its way to becoming a ‘Silicon Savannah,’ a hub of excellence and innovation in technology,” wrote OPIC President and CEO Elizabeth Littlefield when she joined President Barack Obama on his trip to Africa. Nairobi’s Edtech community boasts over 750 members, passionate and creative entrepreneurs who are shaping education in dynamic ways.

Jenn Cotter, Startup Weekend Education’s Nairobi Director, says, “Startup Weekend Education provides an opportunity to build apps and products that revolutionize the way people learn and contribute to their communities. One million children are still out of school in Kenya, and one in 10 do not complete primary school and so struggle to find well-paid work. Technology is the only way to get education into the hands of millions quickly and efficiently.”

Nairobi Set to Host Startup Weekend Education #SWEDU2016Last year’s winner was Creative Fish, led by David Rukahu who enthuses, “Our win last year has enabled Creative Fish to swim full stream ahead! It certainly raised our profile locally. We have learned a great deal from mentors and stakeholders. Startup Weekend is nothing short of remarkable.”

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He continues, “Just do it. You don’t need a fully formed plan to join the event, just great ideas and passion. We were shamelessly distinct. Funny story, our first prototype was an epic fail during the final presentation. But, we tried to keep our focus on having fun, doing our best and creating a better product instead of the win.”

Nest Nairobi, a global capital venture firm, is supporting Creative Fish as a result of the win with both digital marketing capabilities, as well as access to their global investor and mentor base when they are ready.

The event is 1000 KES for two days or 500 KES for students and teachers. This will cater for:

● Event admission for Saturday and Sunday

● Mini workshops on Business Model Canvas, MVP + Idea Validation & Pitch How-To

● Team coaching sessions and feedback from judges

● Breakfast, lunch and dinner for Saturday and Sunday.

Startup Weekend is also looking for mentors, coaches and judges. Anyone experienced in start-ups, business operations, education, technology and human resources who would like to support Nairobi’s next generation entrepreneurs is welcome.

To buy tickets and get registered, please visit:

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See you there…

Let’s REVOLUTIONIZE Education!



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