GEN Kenya, founded in 2015, is one of the member countries of the Global Entrepreneurship Network. The Global Entrepreneurship Network operates a platform of projects and programs in 170 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business. By fostering deeper cross border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN works to fuel healthier start and scale ecosystems that create more jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation and strengthen economic growth. GEN’s extensive footprint of national operations and global verticals in policy, research and programs ensures members have uncommon access to the most relevant knowledge, networks, communities and programs relative to size of economy, maturity of ecosystem, language, culture, geography and more. GEN helps celebrate, understand, support and connect entrepreneurs and those who champion them.
Celebrate: The world needs entrepreneurs – the doers and makers of things - but not all ecosystems enjoy the entrepreneurial culture that is prevalent in startup hubs like Silicon Valley, Singapore and Sao Paolo. Through Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), GEN celebrates the successes and impact of entrepreneurs in an effort to help break down cultural barriers and reach new audiences, expanding the number of people who at some point in their life consider trying their hand at birthing the new and becoming an entrepreneur.
Understand: There is increasing demand for evidence-based public policies and programs that accelerate growth. While government, corporate and education institution leaders have become eager champions with resources, they require better data, research and analysis about entrepreneurship barriers,needs and opportunities and which program interventions and policies to address them are proven to have maximize impact. Through the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network (GERN) and GEN’s Startup Nations policymaker network, GEN helps identify and crowdsource best-in-class policies and public programs that help entrepreneurs thrive.
Support: Through efforts such as the Global Business Angels Network, Global Enterprise Registration, Startup Huddle, GEN Starters Club, Startup Open and other programs, GEN offers programs and resources intended to help smooth the path to market for founder teams and provide entrepreneurs at all stages with the support necessary to reach the next level.
Connect: GEN helps break down siloes and enhance collaboration among entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers and startup community leaders through its virtual platforms and numerous live events, including its Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) and GEC+ series, the annual Startup Nations Summit, global annual meetings of its vertical communities and by co-hosting other events across the globe.
Junior Achievement Worldwide is one of the world’s largest youth-focused NGOs founded in 1919 with the aim of activating youth for the future of jobs. Junior Achievement Kenya (JA Kenya) was established in 1999 with a nationwide reach of over 300 schools and various multi stakeholders within the public and private sector focusing on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship delivered in our programs in the different levels of primary, secondary and tertiary. Junior Achievement Kenya has been the national host of the Creative Business Cup since 2011.
The Creative Business Cup is a global initiative promoting creativity and innovation. It connects creative entrepreneurs with investors, corporates and governing bodies in need of radical transformation for the benefit of business and society. The Creative Business Cup is held in over 70 countries each year and has a strong presence in at least 11 African countries with the Global Finals held every end of the year.
Are you a creative? Junior Achievement Kenya welcomes you to the Inaugural Creative Business Africa Summit 2018, a 3 day summit bringing together a pool of extensive high level network of specialists, global policy makers and influencers, advocates and change agents in the areas of growth, innovation and venture capital as we engage in different conversations on the development of the creative economy which will receive regional and global press interest and raise the profile of the creative startup economy in Africa.
Over 11 African National Creative Business Cup winners will come together to identify the most creative startup from the African Region and tackle some of the region’s most pressing issues.
The Creative Business Network will also invite startups and participants from across Europe to share best practice and learn more about the African creative startup ecosystem.
The event will include regional leaders in the creative industries such as Magnus Scheving, Founder of LazyTown among others, masterclasses on different topics, a boot camp and a pitching competition to select the regional winner for the Creative Business Cup who will represent at the Global Finals in Copenhagen, Denmark on 26 th -27 th November, 2018.
The 3 day conference will comprise of the following: -
Hon John Kiarie is the current Member of Parliament for Dagoretti South Constituency. He served as a director on the board of directors of the Athi Water Services Board. He oversaw the repositioning of the Athi Water Services board and its rebranding to Athi Water in line with the new constitution. He was the chairman of the critical Business strategy and development committee
While still in high school, he was contracted as a correspondent journalist penning the popular “head on corrishon” youth cartoon column in the Sunday Nation. He was part of performing troupe, Redykyulass.
Famously known as a British guru in the creative industries sphere, David Parrish is a leading creative industries speaker, consultant, trainer and writer. His work is recognized internationally and he has worked in more than 50 countries around the world, from Azerbaijan to Zimbabwe. He aslo helps design, media, technology and a range of other creative enterprises.
David’s professional qualifications include Fellowships of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, the Institute of Leadership and Management, the Chartered Management Institute, and the Royal Society of Arts.
Joseph Ogutu joined Safaricom as Chief Corporate Affairs Officer in May 2005 from Telkom Kenya. He is the Director, Strategy & innovation where he works closely with the CEO in formulating strategic direction for the business and focusing on developing Safaricom's position as an industry leader in driving innovation in products and services. He also serves as the Chairman of Safaricom Foundation.
Ogutu has had a dynamic career in the telecommunications industry spanning more than 25 years of which the last 12 have been at Executive Committee level.
Rasmus is CEO and Founder of Creative Business Cup, a global competition for entrepreneurs from the creative industries. Chairman of the European Creative Industries Alliance, appointed by the European Commission (2012-15).
Member of the Board for the Danish Cultural Institute and Roskilde Business College. Rasmus is passionate about promoting entrepreneurship and growth in the creative industries and cross sector innovation. He is an international lecturer on the subject of “Creative Industries: Business, Innovation and Politics”.
Ronald Osumba is the current chairman of the Youth Development Fund. Osumba has worked in senior management roles at the Cooperative Bank of Kenya, Impax Business Solutions and Health Data Systems. He was the senior sales manager for public sector at Safaricom before resigning to join politics.
Osumba has hosted Hatua , a TV show on human rights He is the board chairman of Youth Enterprise and Sustainability Kenya and funding advisor of the United Nations Youth Association of Kenya. He serves as a member of the Starehe Boys Centre management committee.
John Wali is an Acumen Fellow and a Commonwealth Scholar who serves as the Executive Director for Junior Achievement (JA) Kenya and the Founder/Country Lead for the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Kenya, which is the host of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) and partner of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).
Mr. Wali serves in various Boards such as; Kenya Private Sector Association – Youth Sector Board & Education Board, Youth Agenda Kenya and the National Advisory Committee of the ILO.
Olawale Anifowose is a member of the management board of Enterprise Development Center, Pan Atlantic University, Managing Director of the Global Entrepreneurship Network Nigeria (GEN Nigeria) and a member of the steering committee for the Global Entrepreneurship Network Africa (GEN Africa).
He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK, a certified Microsoft Build-Your-Business trainer, Certified Entrepreneurial Coach from Learning and Skills Management Centre (LSM) United Kingdom
Rosalind has over 17 years of marketing experience having worked for the Coca-Cola Company and Coca-Cola SABCO in various leadership roles across 39 countries in Sub Saharan Africa.
Prior to that, she worked for The Gillette Company in Boston, Massachusetts where she held various Brand Management roles in the Duracell and Oral-B/Braun Business Units overseeing the US market. Rosalind has an MBA from Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts, USA and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Alex is a seasoned professional with over 15 years’ experience in the Energy and IT sectors. He previously worked for Chevron Energy, Digital Divide Data -an International Social Enterprise, Google Kenya and is now the Head of Business Development at BRCK, a technology company in Nairobi Kenya.
Alex has an IBA degree from the United States International University Africa and an MBA from the University of Nairobi Kenya. He contributed to the development of the National ICT masterplan of Kenya 2017, serves at the board of KEPSA and Marketing Society of Kenya.
Wanjiru Waweru Waithaka is a graduate of Interior Architecture from the Glasgow School of Art, University of Glasgow. She successfully founded and run an interior architecture consultancy called Amber Africa for 10 years before founding Funkidz Limited. Funkidz Limited is an exciting, innovative children’s brand that designs and manufactures products targeting children from age 0-16 years.
Wanjiru is a recipient GSMA global award for Women 4 Tech award, for being a business that uses mobile technology to teach children experientially.
Sami Gathii is an Art-Preneur. Founder Director of YADEN an Expansive East African Network Organisation working to Empower and Engage Young people, creatively and innovatively applying Artistic Medium to Equip Young people with Social-Economic knowledge and Skills.
With a Bachelor degree Inter-Cultural Theatre, A Masters on Art and Development and currently writing a doctoral degree on Applied Art Model for Social-Economic and Political freedom Sami Gathii quest is on expanding the Creative Industry Space Beyond the traditional Entertainment Value.
Exclusive of Meals and Accommodation
Inclusive of 1 Delegate Pass,3 Days,2 Nights' Accommodation
Exhibition Table 2m by 2m
Exhibition Booth/ Tent