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Stuck On The Road To The Market: Why Kenya Suffers From Stunted Innovations
The Scinnovent Centre Discussion Paper 01

Bolo, M   Odongo, D   Awino, V   Achieng, V   Onyango, C

January 2014

NACOSTI (National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation) has been providing seed funding to various innovators as part of its efforts to support science, technology and innovation (STI) in the country. While the numbers of those benefitting from this seed funding has continued to increase over time, the transition to market has rather been slow and stagnant in most cases. This slow transition/stagnation is a pointer that while finance/capital is a key handicap to innovators, there are other factors undermining the full commercialisation of products from their innovations.

The purpose of this survey was to interrogate these other challenges facing innovators in Kenya with a view to making recommendations to the various actors within the national innovation system on the various kinds of support required to ensure Kenyan innovators meet their full potential.