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Kenya Industry and Entrepreneurship Project (KIEP)

KIEP is a US$50 million initiative that is implemented by the Ministry of Investments, Trade, and Industry (MITI) between 2019-2024, with support from the World Bank.

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The first component Strengthening Kenya’s Innovation Ecosystem (SKIES) seeks to formalise the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem in Kenya by building the capacity of incubators, accelerators, and rapid technology skills providers (collectively called ‘intermediaries’).

Startup Savanna
This component connects the Kenyan ecosystem to international experts, investment, and support infrastructure, contributing to job creation, business growth, and sustainability.

The industry-Academia Platform (IAP) – iTATU, is an ambitious component backed by the Ministry of Investments, Trade, and Industry (MITI) and supported by the World Bank Group, aimed to boost innovation and productivity in Kenya’s private sector.

KIEP 250+
This component seeks to increase productivity and innovation within established Kenyan SMEs. We provide technical assistance to eligible firms to improve their managerial and technical skills and enhance their access to and use of technology.

The Association of Startup and SMEs Enablers of Kenya (ASSEK) is the component that brings together and represents the interests of organizations supporting the development and growth of startups and SMEs.

The mandate of the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) is to undertake research, development and innovation in industrial and allied technologies and disseminate research findings to support industrial development.

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