In July this year, I had the pleasure of visiting Solinc East Africa Limited and I must say I was intrigued by the number of women involved in the assembly of solar panels. Trained and skilled women going about their duties, from the cutting, smoldering, stringing, assembling and testing of the products. This is the kind of spirit that needs to be encouraged, for women to thrive in the technical sectors.
The cost of doing business in Kenya is beyond the financial cost that one incurs while doing business but goes to the bureaucratic processes and regulations that may be looked at as indirect costs to doing business but are what affect business the most. The social-economic space is as significant when it comes to doing business in any country. The past few months have been very difficult months for entrepreneurs in Kenya and this has been attributed to the political climate in the country.
Climate change has been a global agenda for decades, various countries have made efforts to domesticate the adaptation and mitigation efforts to avert effects of climate change. Kenya is one of the countries that has made major strides in climate change especially developing a climate change law and developing a policy and institutional framework around climate change.
The general elections in Kenya have just been concluded and the country is in the process of setting a development agenda for the next five years both at the national and the county governments level.
The ban on plastic bags in Kenya is to come into effect at the end of August. Looking around one wonders how the implementation of the ban will be done, as clearly there is little or no preparedness.
ClimateLaunchPad(CLP) is the world’s largest green business idea competition. CLP’s mission is to unlock the world’s clean tech potential that addresses climate change. The objective is to support early stage businesses to grow their ideas into viable businesses that respond to the effects of Climate Change. For the first time outside of Europe, the ClimateLaunchPad (CLP) is being held in Africa, Kenya being hosted by the Kenya Climate Innovation Centre (KCIC).
Frans is a European working in Silicon Valley and a 'Valleyean' working in Europe on innovation & entrepreneurship, with a focus on climate change and innovation ecosystems.
Kick starting new stuff is what he does best, especially on the cross roads of startups, innovation and innovation ecosystems. Some of the things he has started include:
RENEWABLE ENERGY SUMMIT
Medium-term Plan Defines Kenya’s Development
An oil refinery in Marcus Hook, Pa. The United States is the biggest carbon polluter in history.
Withdrawal of the US from the Paris Agreement: What’s next for Africa