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Aug 08, 2019

Forging Meaningful Partnerships for CLP: Irish Ambassador Visits KCIC

We were earlier this week privileged to host the Irish Ambassador, Fionnuala Quinlan who called on us after a short visit to Strathmore Business School. The ambassador who visited us on Tuesday afternoon was received by KCIC Board Chairman Izael Da Silva, Corporate Services Director Ruth Ndegwa and Client Services Manager Felix Magaju.   

She was briefed on our journey of offering technical and financial support to green tech enterprises as a way of contributing towards a green economy.

The government of Ireland, through the Irish Aid, is supporting KCIC to organize this year’s regional finals of ClimateLaunchpad (CLP), the leading annual green business ideas competition.  This competition fast tracks sustainability ideas, enables them grow into businesses and gets them funded. KCIC is the national lead for CLP in Kenya.

Related: ClimateLaunchPad Competition Extends Application Deadline

The regional finals for Africa that incorporates ten countries is being spearheaded by KCIC and will be hosted in Nairobi in October.  Three finalists will then be sent to compete in the global finals in Amsterdam later in the year. The Irish envoy lauded this collaboration terming it a good step in nurturing innovative enterprises that play a part in addressing challenges posed by climate change.

She was also taken on a tour of the facilities available at the incubation hub within KCIC for green tech entrepreneurs to nurture their ideas. In her appreciation of the visit, she later in the day tweeted her appreciation of cooperation in the CLP competition.

By Vincent Ogaya

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