The Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs at the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (“FCDO”) commissioned a research on “Understanding the Kenyan start-up ecosystem” in 6th December, 2021
The objectives of the research are:
- To outline the Change/evolution in the Kenyan start-up ecosystem over the last 10 years differentiated by gender, rural vs. urban, geography, and other relevant socioeconomic factors.
- To analyze the impact of the Kenyan start-up ecosystem on the development of the Kenyan economy, SDGs and relevant policy objectives and how the lessons of the past be used to inform future programming, diplomacy and policy decisions.
- To generate illustrative and representative case studies on entrepreneurship journeys within the Kenyan start-up ecosystem and how policy and governance changes can be proposed and adopted to encourage the future success of enterprises.
- To interpret and synthesis the key messages for future strategic development programming, diplomacy and policy dialogue with regards to investing in and
supporting the start-up ecosystem in Kenya.
These institutions have a reach of start-ups in all the 47 counties. Apart from the partners, Kenyatta University has established networks with other key stakeholders in the start-up ecosystem in Kenya including innovation hubs, investors, and providers of business development services for start-ups.