StartUpAfrica (SUA) a US based Non-Governmental Organization has entered into partnership with The Kabete National Polytechnic (TKNP) to offer Entrepreneurship Training and Mentorship program.  This was arrived at when the Executive Director of StartUpAfrica, Erastus Mong’are visited TKNP in the company of Will Holmes, Senior Advisor at WHC – Will Holmes Consulting.
Will Holmes delivered a public lecture to a group of 400 student from both Technical University of Kenya (TUK) and The Kabete National Polytechnic (TKNP) at the newly refurbished Main Hall of TKNP. “This program entails equipping our students with the relevant entrepreneurial skills that will help them be self-employed as opposed to seeking employment after graduation. Through this partnership, we are going to offer the best support to the students who have business ideas and need mentorship in order to help them realize their dreams of owning a company,” says Mr. Charles Akach, Principal of The Kabete National Polytechnic.


Late last year SUA entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA) to pursue various collaborative ventures, all aimed at mutual goals in academic, entrepreneurship, innovation, and research in technical vocational training institutions in Africa.
“The major objectives set forth in the MOU include identification of qualified institutions in Africa for innovation support and provision of entrepreneurship development training,” comments StartUpAfrica Executive Director, Erastus Mong’are. The Kabete National Polytechnic and Technical University of Kenya (TUK) have been selected by CAPA for the flagship joint entrepreneurship and innovation projects aimed at supporting students and faculty in CAPA member institutions.
“The need to build capacity for entrepreneurship, technical skills and industrialization is an imperative for job growth and economic development in African economies,” said CAPA Secretary General, Dr. Olobunmi Owoso.
SUA will offer a pitching competition with judges drawn both locally and internationally where a group of students from TVET institutions will be competing for cash price of USD. 5,000 and a mentorship program in the US city of Delaware. “The students need to form teams of four and pitch to the investors under Pitch Africa program where they stand to win a cash price and a fully sponsored one month training and mentorship in the US’’ said Mr. Mong’are.