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Money is not everything in a start up….. 

Jul 26, 2018

Money is not everything in a start up….. 

Having been in the space where I have dealt with start ups for about two years one of the things I have learnt is the importance of finances in the development of young businesses. At the same time, I have realized that start ups need to look beyond the financial investments and also need to be creative in how they look for the funding.   Four of every five start ups you will interact with will state access to finance as one of the top challenges they face in running small businesses.

Achieving a green economy: a call to action

Jul 24, 2018

Achieving a green economy: a call to action

Having recently attended the 4thGreen Growth Conference and Exhibition 2018 themed , it is evident that there is need for us as a country to move with speed and fast track the implementation of the Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP). The strategy focuses on five building blocks which include promoting sustainable Infrastructure, resource efficiency, building resilience, sustainable natural resource management, social inclusion and sustainable livelihoods.

The Role of Innovations in Fighting Climate Change 

Jul 24, 2018

The Role of Innovations in Fighting Climate Change 

Innovations are and will continue to be essential in the fight against climate change. Not only are they necessary to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (mitigation), but they are also needed to deal with the negative effects of climate change and/or exploit any positive ones (adaptation). As the future of global development is threatened by climate change- and its effects are already being felt in some of the most vulnerable communities on earth, innovation is required in both areas.

The journey of an entrepreneur

Jul 23, 2018

The journey of an entrepreneur

Any entrepreneur will tell you that the journey to establishing a profitable company is never easy. One requires self-discipline and determination to make things work. Some people are lucky to succeed without a struggle the first time, for others it becomes one long painful journey.  

For those who abandoned their careers in formal employment to delve into entrepreneurship, you have to adapt to long weeknights and almost no pay until the business picks up. Walking away from a stable career to self-employment can be dicey but fulfilling in the long run.

Lessons from Israel: innovation verses adoption

Jun 08, 2018

Lessons from Israel: innovation verses adoption

Seth Siegel in his book ‘let there be water’ notes that by 2035, about 60% of the land mass will be water scarce leading to a humanitarian and economic crisis with the remaining water resources drying out.

Who would have thought a dessert country like Israel would be a model for water conservation and sustainable agriculture for many other countries worldwide to learn from? With the increasing demand for food and technologies that address agricultural production, processing, storage and packaging, food security still continues to be a great concern in the African content.

Waste to Energy: Lessons from South Africa

Apr 26, 2018

Waste to Energy: Lessons from South Africa

When you talk biogas in Kenya we quickly think about the small plants that we have within households used as source of cooking fuel and lighting in some instances. Commercial biogas plants have not picked up in Kenya as yet. The narrative is different as I would find out from my visit to the largest biogas plant in South Africa. Bio2Watt a company in South Africa has redefined the renewable energy industry and is producing energy for lighting. The Bronkhorstspruit Biogas Plant (Pty) Ltd has a capacity of 4.6MW energy production which they produce and sell to BMW South Africa.

Lessons from South Africa: the little take homes

Apr 05, 2018

Lessons from South Africa: the little take homes

This is just but the beginning of my documentation of the key take homes from my short trip to South Africa. What being away from home reminds you is the little facts like Kenya is not the only place you can be and there are bigger and better things happening out there we can learn from as an economy. The highlight of the trip was a security briefing just after settling at our hotel. After that briefing I did not even want to leave my room, it felt like we had just landed inside Kamiti maximum prison and someone was baying for our blood. But forget about that let us pick it up later.

The role of technology in Climate Change

Feb 21, 2018

The role of technology in Climate Change

Avoiding the impact of climate change simply means reducing the emission of green house gases. Climate change solutions lie in technological innovations and creativity in response to the effects of climate change. Across the years it has been evident policy development and change around climate change has been full of controversy. A look at the situation in different countries this is quite evident. A prominent example being the very unclear stand of the United States on the Climate Change agenda.

Participation of more women in the energy sector is needed

Nov 30, 2017

Participation of more women in the energy sector is needed

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.

Doing business in Kenya

Oct 31, 2017

Doing business in Kenya

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.