Welcome to the 2017 GESCI-AKE Policy Forum!
“An Inclusive Policy Environment for Youth Skills and Enterprise Development”
Opening Remarks, Jerome Morrissey, CEO, GESCI — on GESCI’s replicable model of #Youthskills and #EntrepriseDevelopment
7 Startups Introduced!
- Artari Kreations
- Verb House Productions
- Boisch Enterprises
- Ioniccode Software developers
- Makossirri Entertainment
- KIWO films
- Tripple Touch Entertainment
Senior Youth Advisor , Directorate of Human Resources Science and Technology at African Union Commission, Nicholas Ouma:
Innovation Ecosystem: What policies do we need to support cultural ecosystem?
Functioning ecosystem: a nexus of policies, enterprises, and tools! Strategies can be shared and they can work all over the continent!
Managing Partner at Chanzo Capital, an Angel Investor and developer of new businesses, Erick Osiakwan:
Talent is plentiful, opportunities not as much. The African context is special. Mobile leapfrogging is a major factor! It will affect every sector of the economy.
Young entrepreneurs play a central role in identifying problems and solving them! We need to create a net effect for Africa! We understand the challenges of our context.
What is your specific niche? talent? specialty? Who is going to use your product? How to create value? What kind of investor do your want to engage with? Find someone who understands your field? Raising $: Don’t wait until the last minute! Also: Prepare well when you are meeting investors!
Mary Hooker, GESCI: What happens when education, industry and policy design come together? Can GESCI Living Lab research of 3 years give some solutions?
How can we be sure that we INNOVATE with technology? Are we replicating — just adding new tech to do the very same? How do we ensure ongoing learning? –
Breakout sessions meet! Groups will discuss the relevance and impact of each of the GESCI-AKE thesis
Group 1: (moderator: Kamau Wanyoike)
- No One Solution, Or, Context Matters: SWOT of the Market Place
- Entrepreneurship Cannot Be Cloned: Education Must Be Flexible
Group 2 (moderator: Jane Muchiri -Ministry of ICT )
- Everything is Entrepreneurial: Teach Social Business and Communication
- Find a Niche: Cultural Competence Matters for GESCI
Group 3 (moderator: Ann Wanjuhi – Nelig group)
- Digital Matters, But So Does Physical Space
- No Success Without Collaboration: Policy, Industry, Individuals
Group 4 (moderator: Nicholas Ouma – African Union Commission)
- PS: Support Should Continue “Forever”
- Employment and Job Creation
Inspiring stories from regional entrepreneurs:
Betty Kituyi from Fundi Bots (Uganda) an organization applying the concept of robotics training both in and out of African schools. Fundi Bots aims to create and inspire a new generation of Africans who are well equipped for technology oriented careers and who can be agents of change in their communities.
Wanjuhi Njoroge from Nelig Group (Kenya) a communications consulting company offering branding, online marketing and design to develop and manage organizations online and offline presence.
Silumesii Maboshe from BongoHive (Zambia) an innovation community and a co-working space offering aspiring enterpreneurs support for learn the basics of accounting, market research and running a business.
Young entrepreneurs need:
- concrete support and scaffolds
- diverse sources of inspiration (out of their comfort zones)
- help in finding the right team
- assurance that they are contributing (and evidence)
- a safe space to fail… and learn
- inclusive opportunities (=policies in place)
Thanks to everyone that participated and shared their insights!
To conclude and close the live blog of this policy forum, we share with you a bit of the last diagram we made for GESCI-AKE model.
Minna & Andrea