Entrepreneurship workshop in Kenya

An Entrepreneurship training workshop for scientists and engineers in East Africa sponsored by IEEE, IOP, APS, OSA, ICTP and the Chandaria Foundation was held at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies (KSMS) in Nairobi on 3–7 December 2014.

Workshop in Kenya

About 27 participants from Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania participated in the workshop. The workshop consisted of lectures, group works, negotiation exercises and a final business plan pitch on the last day.

On day one the participants identified problems of the East African region that could have technical solutions and services based on the skills of the participant group. The existing technical and soft skills were then matched with the problems identified to form groups of 4 to 5 participants to be able to develop a business plan and pitch it on the final day of the workshop.

IOP workshop in Kenya

All speakers were available as mentors for the groups to consult for their business plan. There was plenty of social interaction between the speakers and the participants. For the business plan pitch, the speakers served as a panel of judges and examined the pitch for technical and business viability. Six groups presented their business plans and one group was adjudged the winner of the contest. The presentations were videographed for archives as were interviews with selected participants.

It is planned to now open up the seed funds instituted by OSA for these participants as well (the other being the Ghana participants) and then award the grant to the best applicant.

Read the full report about the workshop.