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KQ, Strathmore University to Offer Technical Guidance for Innovative Business Solutions by the Youth

KQ Mou Signing 1 L to R Dr. Joseph Sevilla- Director @iLabAfrica Strathmore University and Mr. Julius Thairu- Ag. Chief Commercial & Customer Officer at Kenya Airways


Kenya Airways (KQ) and @iBizAfrica Incubation Centre Strathmore University Partner have collaborated for the KQ’s Fahari Innovation Challenge to create opportunities for the youth and use tech innovations to resolve specific problems that affect businesses.

According to a statement from Strathmore, the partnership will provide technical guidance around accuracy of innovation and entrepreneurial information.

The Kenya national carrier will also offer internship opportunities to both undergraduate and post graduate students within the university and collaborate in research projects as well as co-creation with Startups and SME’s within the Centre.

Through capacity-building forums, training, and initiatives such as the Kenya Airways innovation challenge in collaboration with @iBizAfrica, Qhala, and SNDBX, many entrepreneurs have an opportunity to grow their startups to contribute to economic growth and address the challenge of unemployment.

African governments, industry players, and educational institutions have been exploring research and innovation as an engine for stimulating growth in line with Sustainable Development Goal 9, which underscores the importance of fostering innovation and investment in Research and Development to address these challenges.

@iBizAfrica incubation Centre is known for its nurturing environment that builds on the potential of the youth to develop innovative solutions and businesses that work for the common good in society.

The Incubation Centre has over the years provided over 400 startup companies with training, advisory, mentorship, coaching, networking opportunities, access to seed capital and investors.

Audiences for the KQ Innovation Challenge are innovative individuals or companies that can create solutions that can interface with the aviation industry from the identified angles of the organizational spectrum. Eligibility is open to all, including individuals, partnerships, and corporations that serve or would like to serve the aviation enterprise or industry.

Our partnership with KQ for the second time is an indication of our dedication to supporting the youth and businesses. As a Centre that will soon be celebrating a decade of existence, we look forward to assisting KQ in identifying local and regional talent that may exist within the broader youth community and Start-Up ecosystem. This partnership will aid young entrepreneurs to better understand the aviation industry and bring about creative ideas or solve problems that businesses may experience – Dr. Joseph Sevilla- Director @iLabAfrica Incubation Centre.

As an Airline collaboration is at the heart of what we do and this partnership with @iBizAfrica in the education sector is a great step towards making an impact in the ecosystem. Academic organizations and institutions are critical when it comes to developing talent. We have to be innovative and do things differently because customer needs and wants are constantly shifting and changing and institutions are constantly providing us with different views of doing things differently – Mr. Julius Thairu- Ag. Chief Commercial & Customer Officer at Kenya Airways.


This article was written by Kenn Abuya and was first published on techweez here.