The Nairobi Innovation Challenge

Come join, connect, learn from mentors, coaches and peers alongside being discovered by potential investors, partners and customers in the network of Kenya's Most Promising Startups

OUR JOURNEY

The Nairobi Innovation Challenge debut was in 2017 as NIWStartups. Then came 2018 where 353 Startups applied, 100 were selected and pitched at NIW. Out of the pitching startups 15 were recognised as the Most Promising Startups of 2018.
A majority of them have scaled to new growth levels and are now telling their success stories. Meet Adan of Ecodudu telling it as it is.

WHAT'S IN FOR 2019


TOP 100

Startups
The Top 100 startups will be filtered from all applications. They will be trained and then pitch to a panel of judges. In addition they will get:

  1. Training, coaching and mentorship
  2. A Free Pass to the NIW Ideation to Commercialisation Seminar 2019 (11-12 June)
  3. One year subscription to Afribusiness LLP's Online Digital Planner
  4. Free Publicity

TOP 30

Startups
The Top 30 startups will be filtered from the Top 100 startups. They will be trained and then pitch to a panel of judges. In addition they will get:

  1. Training, coaching and mentorship
  2. A 2-Day Free Pass to NIW Innovation Summit 2019 (13-14 June)
  3. A meeting with potential investors
  4. Free Publicity

6

Most Promising Startups
The 6 Most Promising startups will be filtered from the Top 30 startups and get to pitch at the NIW Innovation Summit. In addition they will get:

  1. Training, coaching and mentorship
  2. To be the face of Nairobi Innovation Week
  3. An entrepreneurship training scholarship from a leading training institution in Kenya
  4. Complementary pass to NIW Innovation Summit
  5. A free exhibition booth
  6. Media Publicity

Plus more prizes
for you to win

FOR WHICH STARTUPS?


Early Stage Startups

Users
 Between 100 - 10,000

Customers
 Between 10 - 1,000

Annual Revenue
 Between $1,000 - $100,000

Team
 2+ Full-Time Team

Company
 Company Incorporated

Growth Stage Startups

Users
 Between 10,000 - 100,000

Customers
 Between 1,000 - 10,000

Annual Revenue
 Between $100,000 - $1,000,000

NAIROBI INNOVATION CHALLENGE
2019 ROADMAP

NAIROBI INNOVATION CHALLENGE TIMELINE

  1. Applications Open

    March 5th, 2019

    Create and update your profile on the Nairobi Innovation Challenge platform.
    As an applicant, you will be expected to fill in the application form.

  2. Applications Closed

    April 12th, 2019

    Call for applications closes.
    You will no longer be able to update your startup profile nor will you be able to create a new startup. You will however be able to continue upating and curating your personal profile.

  3. Shortlisting to Top 30

    April 15 - May 3rd, 2019

    Top 30 start-ups (15 Early Stage and 15 Growth Stage) are announced.

  4. Top 30 Capacity Building & Networking Forum

    May 2nd, 2019

    Training seminar done for the 30 most promising start-ups.

  5. Top 30: Pitching

    May 8th 2019

    Pitching done by 30 start-ups and filtered to 6.

  6. The Top 6

    May 24th, 2019

    Announcement of the 6 most promising start-ups.

  7. NIW Innovation Forum

    June 14th, 2019

    6 most promising Start-ups pitch.
    Allan Gill Gray Entrepreneurship competition finalists will pitch alongside the 6 most promising.

Nairobi Innovation Challenge Partners