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KIEP – World Bank Project

The Kenya Industry and Entrepreneurship Project (KIEP) is a six-year (2018-2024) project. It is implemented by the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development (MoITED), and supported by the World Bank Group. It aims to increase innovation and productivity in select private sector firms. The KIEP Strengthening the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem Component of KIEP consists of four sub-components:

Strengthening the Ecosystem’s Support Structure
Industry-Startup Linkage Program
International Acceleration Process.
Industry-Academia Platform.

A consortium, led by Maastricht School of Management (MSM) and its sub-consultants Linking Industry with Academia (LIWA) and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) has been tasked to implement the Industry-Academia Platform (IAP). This sub-component aims at increasing the productivity of Kenyan corporates by linking them to students, who will execute challenges posed by the corporates and deliver innovative solutions. It is expected that the innovations will drive the productivity of Kenyan corporates and result in increased competitiveness of the participating companies. It will also contribute to the employability of Kenyan students by exposing them to “real-life” problems and opportunities.

Besides the primary stakeholders (corporates and students), Universities, TVET institutions, and research organizations are a secondary group of stakeholders.  They will be linked to the platform with the long-term ambition of narrowing skills and knowledge gaps, as well as creating more intense collaboration with the private sector.

Suggested themes:

  1. Open innovation – the efficient way to innovate!
  2. Open Innovation for Impact.
  3. Open Innovation through Collaboration.
  4. Open Innovation through Collaboration.
  5. Towards a word class open innovation platform.
  6. Unlocking the potential of our universities through open innovation.
  7. Partnerships for open innovation in Kenya.


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