Nic Hailey gives final push for Business Innovation Challenge applications ahead of midnight deadline

British High Commissioner Nic Hailey appeared on Capital FM’s breakfast show discussing the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund’s Business Innovation Challenge with hosts Amina Abdi Rabar and Maqbul Mohammed.

The Business Innovation Challenge is targeting initiatives that are post proof of concept, innovative, scalable, sustainable and that have demonstrated substantial impact.

Speaking on the Capital in the Morning show, Mr. Hailey explained that the UK is working in Kenya to support the youth, entrepreneurs and innovators.

“Companies with a great innovation, with the potential to create lots of jobs, who need support to take [their company] to the next level,” he said.

Shortlisted applicants will pitch to a panel of entrepreneurs and investors and the successful applicants will receive technical assistance and funding worth KSH 13 million each.

Any Kenyan can apply and businesses run by, or supporting people with disabilities, are among those encouraged to submit an application before the deadline at midnight (EAT) tonight.

The High Commissioner went on to tell listeners how the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund is just one of the ways the UK is supporting Kenya’s innovators and entrepreneurs, citing the Go Global Africa programme, which supports tech
start-ups along with the Africa Prize and leaders in innovation fellowships from the Royal Academy of Engineering as other examples.

In addition, he shared how the UK is the largest foreign cumulative investor in Kenya and a big development partner.

“We are bringing our private and public sector impact together to create more opportunities for Kenyans,” Mr Hailey said.

The Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund is a programme run by the British home office here in Kenya the deadline for applications is today 11:59pm EAT.

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