The event was organized purposely for current cassava students to pitch their business ideas generated from their respective research activities on the cassava value chain. Seven students under the cassava project presented their business ideas and were evaluated by a team of 8 panelist of varied professional background. The event being a pilot project under SEMIs attracted a wide range of audience including doctors and professors from the University of Nairobi, the private sector, students and staff. The members present had an interactive feedback session that was so fundamental to the students to help them advance their ideas to the next level.
Key outcomes of the seminar were:
- The need to have an innovation and enterprise course taught at both undergraduate and post graduate levels
- The impact of inter-departments collaboration to harness the knowledge housed in the faculty with the aim of contribution towards the realization of African Agenda 2063 and the Big 4 Agenda.
- Fostering partnerships with the private sectors to tap into the available finances to support youth driven innovations with the aim of creating Jobs to the growing young population
- The incubation hub is critical in creating a working partnership with the industry to open more platforms for job creation and economical impacts on the farmers.