IDEA Program Kenya provides incubation training and mentorship to 24 entrepreneurs developing resilient businesses.
Kenya has made significant economic reforms that have contributed to sustained economic growth, social development, and political stability gains over the past decade. However, its key development challenges still include poverty, inequality, continued weak private sector investment, and the vulnerability of the economy to internal and external shocks.
From 2015 to 2019, Kenya’s economy achieved broad-based growth averaging 4.7% per year, significantly reducing poverty. In 2020, the COVID-19 shock hit the economy hard, disrupting international trade and transport, tourism, and urban services activity, in particular. Fortunately, the agricultural sector, a cornerstone of the economy, remained resilient, helping to limit the contraction in GDP to only 0.3%.
IDEA Program Kenya is developed with the Opportunities for Youth in Africa (OYA) Programme, a joint initiative of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). OYA aims at accelerating job creation and entrepreneurship in agriculture and agribusiness. As such, one of the areas of action of the OYA Programme is to provide capacity-building to youth and incubation centers through demand-driven technical and vocational trainings.
Aqua Hub Kenya is a startup that leverages technology to provide affordable climate-smart irrigation technologies to smallholder farmers in the quest of increasing resilient crop production and net returns.
Created a pool of over 200 farmers and influenced young people to join agribusiness.
Farm Mall is an agribusiness platform that allows food producers to sell their products online.
They launched their website and have already started to sell online.
Seeking to produce organic coffee and advocate for a healthy lifestyle through eating organic foods in her community. The farm has over 6000 coffee trees each producing an average of 2 kgs per tree. They are working to revamp the farm and increase the production to between 5kgs-10 kgs per tree as they improve the quality to be Grade 1.
With the objective to promote goat milk as a more nutritious substitute for cow milk and the projection to incorporate other products like butter, cheese, and yogurt into offering in the near future.
They started operations with 3 goats but their projections indicate 12 goats by the end of 2022.
Business Development Manager at Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services
Motivation: I am passionate about agriculture, seeing what it can do if well planned to improve the lives, especially of smallholder farmers in Africa. I see a future where there is no hunger if most of the agricultural plans in Africa are implemented.”
Head Of Training- Agribusiness Division at Miramar International College
Motivation: “I am passionate about Entrepreneurship Development, and I want to be part of the people who are developing the next generation of entrepreneurs in Africa, as well as help in the creation of decent jobs.”
UNIDO and Bridge for BIllions designed each entrepreneurship program taking into account the most critical value chains for each country, and found entrepreneurs working on the most critical challenges for the sector with the support of local IDEA Centers.
LakeHub Academy is a web development program for talented young people and other disadvantaged groups who want to power Africa’s 4th Industrial Revolution. LakeHub has the mission to fill the talent gap within the tech industry.
African Summit on Entrepreneurship and Innovation (ASENTI) is an annual forum that brings SMEs, MMEs, Startups, and different stakeholders for intensive interaction, networking, and training on entrepreneurship and Innovation from across Africa.
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) partnered with Bridge for Billions to create IDEA, an online program to connect young entrepreneurs with mentors from all over the world to accelerate the growth of new entrepreneurship communities and foster an entrepreneurial culture.