Kenya Innovation Week 2021

The Innovativeness of Kenyans

06 - 10 December, 2021

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Introducing KIW 2021

Kenya Innovation Week is a flagship innovation forum for the country run by the Kenya National Innovation Agency. It seeks to showcase the innovativeness of Kenyans under which the national priorities of the Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030 will be advanced. It will champion relevant policy engagements on innovations within institutions while promoting practical skills necessary to create innovations that impact people. In addition, Kenya Innovation Week will strengthen the research and commercialisation practices for greater socio-economic impact. To achieve its objectives, Kenya Innovation Week 2021 will convene the local governments, private sector, development partners, media and civil society in order to capitalize in as much shared value as possible.

KIW advances the following national priorities

Big 4 Agenda


Vision 2030

Agenda 2063

Thematic Areas

Below are four thematics areas towards which various partners will work together.

Skills for Innovation

This track will explore sharing and disseminating information on how to enhance innovativeness of society through skills development from early childhood to career levels. The track will strongly link to our ministry’s Competence Based Curriculum efforts as a pathway to transformation of societal minds.

Start-up Kenya

This track will focus on startups from across the country, aiming to link the most promising startups to investors and funders. This is much in line with KeNIA’s mandate of supporting enterprises that emerge from research and ideas.

Technology & 4th Industrial Revolution

This track will aim to promote the modern intangible technologies such as IoT, mobile devices, 3D printing, smart sensors, big data and analytics, augmented and virtual reality as enablers of innovation.

Research & Commercialization

This track will focus on strengthening best practices and systems for good research and commercialization. This is part of the ST&I as well as higher education sectors reform trajectory to exploit research and intangible assets as a substantive alternative source of revenue.

Innovation is the engine that drives enterpreneurship and enterpreneurship opens up opportunities for our young people and creates jobs that sustain and reward them as well.

H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta President of the Republic of Kenya

Kenya Innovation Week will be a flagship forum in line with the reforms trajectory of Education & Research, improved institutional sustainability and socio-economic development.

Prof. George Magoha Cabinet Secretary, Education

Within the State Department of University Education & Research, we aspire to use the Kenya Innovation Week to strengthen the national innovation system that facilitates taking research and ideas to the market.

Amb. Simon Nabukwesi Principal Secretary, State Department for University Education & Research

The more innovative we get as a country the richer we will become because innovations lead to new products and services; new startup companies; new jobs and employment opportunities.

Prof Reuben O. Marwanga Chairman, KeNIA Board

Working with various partners, KeNIA aims to grow the Kenya Innovation Week into an international forum on innovation with specific and locally relevant outcomes. Kenya Innovation Week will focus on four priority areas which align with the mission of KeNIA.

Dr. Tonny K. Omwansa CEO, Kenya National Innovation Agency

Why you shouldn't miss KIW 2021

During the week, there will be events across as many counties as possible so as to give the period and agenda a significant national outlook. Universities, research centres, private sector companies, development agencies, innovation and incubation hubs across the country will run relevant activities in their localities.


Discover various innovations at the KIW exhibition area.

Panel Discussions

Listen to topical panel discussions around key issues in the ecosytem.


Connect with industry experts & the Kenyan innovation ecosystem.


Attend bootcamps and hackathons organised by KIW partners.

Startup Pitches

Experience the startup pitch, as part of the Start-up Kenya track.


KIW will feature a host of local and international speakers.

Working Together, Innovating Together

In preparation for the event in December 2021, we look forward to working with partners and changemakers to make KIW 2021 a success.

Partner with Us



Skills for Innovation

Date: 13th May, 2021


Technology Transfer and Commercialization Workshop

Date: 17th - 21st May, 2021
Venue: Naivasha


Science, Technology and Innovation in Enhancing Delivery of the Big 4 Agenda

Date: 23rd - 25th June, 2021
Venue: Hybrid

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Current Partners