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Commercialisation and Entrepreneurial Institutions Leaders Summit


Institutions of Higher Learning and Research Centres as Catalysts for Entrepreneurship and a stronger National Innovation System

The Commercialisation and Entrepreneurial Institutions Leaders (CEIL) Summit, is an Initiative of Kenya National Innovation Agency (KeNIA) that targets various institutional leaders from key sectors with an intention of advancing the national commercialisation infrastructure.

The aim of the summit that is projected to run annually, is to strengthen the commercialisation processes at national, institutional and individual levels, by articulating the business case for commercialisation, providing evidence and empowering the leadership to influence efforts, initiatives and outcomes of commercialisation in Kenya.
01 - 02 December, 2022
PrideInn Paradise, Mombasa
KES 20,000
Who Will Be There?

Target Audience

Research Institutions
Venture Funds
Private Sector
Development Partners
Relevant Parastatals
R2C Accelerator Graduates

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Speakers at the CEIL Summit

Prof. Tom Ogada
Board Chair, Kenya National Innovation Agency
Prof. Ratemo Michieka
Board Chair, National Research Fund
Prof. Raphael Munavu
Board Member, National Commision for Science, Technology and Innovation
Maggie Flanagan
Program Officer, Lemelson Foundation
Dr. Tonny K. Omwansa
CEO, Kenya National Innovation Agency
Geoffrey Monari
CEO, Universities Fund
Dr. Ramika Bansi
Innovation Management, Durban University of Technology, South Africa
Agnes Tsuma
Manager, Innovation Commercialisation, Kenya National Innovation Agency
Sena Agbodjah Agyepong
Senior Lecturer, Ashesi University College
Maureen Ochako
Project Manager, ARIN
Robert Karanja
Co-founder, Villgro Africa
Stephen Gugu
Co-founder and Director at ViKtoria Ventures
Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha
Chairman, Commision of University Education
Rosemary Amondi
Regional Director East Africa, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
Phyllis Migwi
Country General Manager, Microsoft
Prof. Mike Kuria
CEO, Commision of University Education
Dr. Julius Ecuru
Head of BioInnovate Africa, ICIPE
Darius Mogaka
Director, University Education
Mercy Kimalat
CEO, Association of Startup and SMEs Enablers of Kenya
Dr. Joy Kiiru
Research and Innovation Technical Advisor, Research and Innovation Systems for Africa
Dr. Emmy Chirchir
Science, Tech & Innovation Adviser, East Africa, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)
Prof. P. Ndirangu Kioni
VC, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
Dr. Vincent Ogutu
VC-Designate, Strathmore University
Prof. Elijah Omwenga
DVC, Academics and Student Affairs, University of Kabianga
Prof. Laban Ayiro
VC, Daystar University
Prof. Romanus Odhiambo
VC, Meru University of Science and Technology
Catherine Kelonye
Kisumu National Polytechnic
Okumu John Wycliffe
Kabete National Polytechnic
Dr. Victor Konde
Scientific Affairs Officer, UN Economic Commision for Africa
Prof. Karuti Kanyinga
Chairman, Universities Fund

Tentative Programme

Time Activity Facilitator
08.00 am - 08.45 am
  • Entertainment + National Anthem
  • Introduction and welcoming to the CEIL Summit
  • Presentation by CEO, with highlights of the Agency Mandate, recent initiatives and recognition of partners
Dr. Tonny Omwansa, KeNIA
  • Remarks by Chair of board of KeNIA (Strategic Direction)
Prof. Tom Ogada, KeNIA
08.45 am - 09.00 am
  • Keynote Speech: Positioning national education and research for economic transformation - 10 year horizon
Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha, Commision of University Education
09.00 am - 09.15 am
  • Development Partner Synergies: Partnerships to strengthen contribution of TVETs, Universities and Research Centres to the National Innovation System
Rosemary Amondi, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs
09.15 am - 09.30 am
  • Private Sector Synergies: Private Sector as a strategic partner in upscaling commercializable research outputs and ideas
Phyllis Migwi, Microsoft
09.30 am - 10.00 am
  • Official Remarks and Opening
10.30 am - 10.50 am
  • Unveiling Commercialisation Toolkit/Guidelines
Prof. Tom Ogada, KeNIA
10.50 am - 11.30 am
  • Panel Discussion
  • The operationalisation of commercialisation toolkit
  • The value of strong coordination national office
  • The role of IP & Commercialisation offices
  • The role of University/research center leadership
  • Strategic partnerships to enhance commercialisation of innovation/technology
Dr. Ramika Bansi, Durban University of Technology
Agnes Tsuma, KeNIA
Prof. Mike Kuria, Commision of University Education
Dr. Julius Ecuru, ICIPE
11.30 am - 11.45 am
  • KeNIA's initiatives to support commercialisation and enteprenuerual potential
Dr. Tonny Omwansa, KeNIA
11.45 am - 12.30 pm
  • Development Partnerships with KeNIA to achieve desired Goals and aspirations
Maggie Flanagan, Lemelson Foundation
Mercy Kimalat, ASSEK
Dr. Joy Kiiru, RISA
Dr. Emmy Chirchir, FCDO
14.00 pm - 14.15 pm
  • Unveiling report on contribution of universities to innovation system and the Entrepreneurial universities insights.
Maureen Ochako, ARIN
14.15 pm - 14.55 pm
  • Success by Universities in developing innovations that impact society
Prof. P. Ndirangu Kioni, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
Prof. Laban Ayiro, Daystar University
Dr. Vincent Ogutu, Strathmore University
Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Meru University of Science and Technology
14.55 pm - 15.10 pm
  • A research centre experience commercialising research outputs
Dr. Julius Ecuru, ICIPE
15.10 pm - 15.45 pm
  • The perspectives of TVETs in enabling innovations by students and staff.
Catherine Kelonye, Kisumu National Polytechnic
Mr. Okumu John Wycliffe, Kabete National Polytechnic
15.45 pm - 16.30 pm
  • Panel Discussion on Partnerships and lessons on entrepreneurial and innovative institutions.
Maggie Flanagan, Lemelson Foundation
Geoffrey Monari, University Fund
Victor Konde, UNECA
Sena Agbodjah Agyep, Ashesi University
15.40 pm - 16.30 pm
  • Exhibition Tour
Time Activity Facilitator
08.30 am - 09.00 am
  • The prospects of public funding research and innovation - towards the 2% GDP
Parliamentary committee on Research and Innovation and Council of Governors
09.00 am - 10.00 am
  • Panel Session
  • Strong foundations and systems for absorbing and managing 2% GDP for ST&I: Human capital, programs & controls
  • Mechanisms and Strategies for attracting the 2% GDP for ST&I
Prof. Ratemo Michieka, NRF
Prof. Raphael Munavu, NACOSTI
Prof. Tom Ogada, KeNIA
Prof. Moses Henry Thairu, UFB
National Treasury
Kenya Bankers Association
10.30 am - 12.00 noon
  • 3 group break-aways for the various institution clusters.
  • Focus: Interventions for commercialisation bottlenecks, strengthening innovation and entrepreneurial potential; action implementation plans; best practices, stakeholder inputs etc
  • Group 1: Setting up, operationalisation of TTOs and commercialisation systems
Dr. Ramika Bansi, Durban University of Technology
  • Group 2: Strengthening student/faculty entrepreneurial programs/potential
Maggie Flanagan, Lemelson Foundation
  • Group 3: Attracting Innovation and early venture funding from partners
Robert Karanja, Villgro Africa
14.00 pm - 14.50 pm
  • Pitching by R2C Cohort 1
KeNIA/Viktoria Ventures
  • Commercialisation of edible food preservatives
Dr. Rose Ramkat
  • Biodigesters and biocatalysts
Dr. Anncarol Karanja
  • Mwangaza and Ndovu groundnuts varieties
Prof. Paul Kimurto
  • The Aflasafe KE01TM technology
Mr. Peter Kibet Kirui
  • Defluoridation: a new technique
Dr. Mbugua Wachira Gerald
  • Bio-based fertilizer
Prof. Paul Nthakanio
  • Compact Crop Solar Drier and Silo
Dr. Duncan Onyango Mbuge
  • Environmentally friendly, safe alternatives to the synthetic chemicals for control of several pathogens
Prof. Romano Mwirichia Kachiuru
14.50 pm - 15.30 pm
  • Panel Session
  • Investing in research-based innovations.
Robert Karanja, Villgro Africa
Stephen Gugu, ViKtoria Ventures
15.30 pm - 16.00 pm
  • Recognizing the R2C graduates
16.00 pm - 16.30 pm
  • Call to Action
Prof. Tom Ogada, KeNIA

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