The Agency

We strengthen interrelationships between actors in order to promote innovation and enterprise development out of research and ideas.

With the vision of being a key enabler of socio-economic development through innovation, KeNIA was set up to develop and manage the national innovation system.
The Kenya National Innovation Agency (KeNIA) is a State Corporation established under the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Act, No. 28 of 2013 under the Ministry of Education. The core mandate of the Agency is to develop and manage the National Innovation System. The Agency is therefore responsible for co-ordination, promotion and regulation of the National Innovation System.
Working with partners, KeNIA strengthens interrelationships between actors in order to promote innovation and enterprise development out of research and ideas. From supporting the identification, recording and protection of innovative ideas to coordinating the establishment and implementation of appropriate policies, standards, processes, infrastructure, and partnerships to nurture the innovative ideas. The agency also works with partners to ensure appropriate prioritisation, relevant capacity development, innovation recognition and publication of the same.
Core Mandate
To Develop and Manage the National Innovation System
To develop and manage a dynamic national innovation system that facilitates taking ideas to the market
A key enabler of socio-economic development through innovation.

Strategic Priorities

Below are six strategic priority areas that capture the different facets of our core mandate to effectively enable the innovation system in Kenya.

Capacity Development
Innovative mindsets and skills are necessary to spur creation of products and services that are truly problem based and have the potential to impact s...
Dissemination & Awareness
Innovation takes places in all sectors and levels of society. There is need for coordinated innovation information sharing and dissemination. KeNIA en...
Commercialisation is a necessary step for business success of start-up ventures or public and private research efforts. KeNIA works with academic inst...
Policies & Legal Framework
KeNIA works closely with partners to ensure the inclusion of science, technology and innovation in the country’s programs and policies at all levels....
Partnerships & Linkages
KeNIA strives to institutionalise linkages between universities, research institutions, the private sector, the government, and other actors. In colla...
KeNIA recommends the provision of financial and any other assistance to any person or institution, for the purpose of enabling that person or institut...