Business Incubator Nailab, Targeting Nakuru Entrepreneurs.

By David Kimani

NAKURU, Kenya 30th October, 2015 – Nakuru County entrepreneurs are set to receive a major boost through a partnership between the County Government of Nakuru and a business incubator tech firm Nailab to provide them real time opportunities for growth and development in the IT sector.

The partnership will see, the County Government and Nailab come together and provide infrastructure and a hands on curriculum that will identify business innovations across all sectors in the County including agriculture, manufacturing, medical services to be turned into viable businesses.

Speaking during the simulation of the proposal Nailab’s Communications and Marketing Manager Josephine Mwangi, said the set period of 6 months incubation time will be spread out in two main phases, product development and business development phases.

‘During the product development phase we will delve into the solution or the product at the same time using business level experts to build the capacity of the startup entrepreneurs. In three months we will have established entrepreneurs who will be able to develop a minimum viable product that they can sell’, said Mwangi. She added that the next phase is taking the product to the market, which is business development phase.

“At this point a lot of facilitation is involved. This involves meeting of the key player in a sector to offer support for product adoption. As this happens we connect the startups to funding, we give a seed funding for a 10% stake in businesses and also connect the startups to more sources funds such as online fundraisers.” said Mwangi.

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At the moment Nailab gives a seed fund of Ksh 300, 000 but there are plans to increase this to between Ksh 2-3 million, as the previous amount was minimal for startups.

‘When all this is set we can start then the process of replicating Nailab in Nakuru will commence. These will involve creation of awareness and ideation with higher learning institutions from Nakuru County. The youth will be informed on how they can generate ideas, which will be then selected, those that meet the threshold for incubation will be scaled up to the final stage when they exit’, said Anne Lawi, the Incubation and Expansion Manager Nailab.

Governor Mbugua on his part directed that a team comprising members drawn from the executive, county assembly and youth leadership to be formed to establish on ways of engaging with Nailab. The proposed way forward can remain as it was proposed or be modified noted Governor Mbugua.

He added that Nakuru Youth Polytechnic could be used as the space for this initiative and tutors at this facility trained to empower the youth.

The Governor noted that Nakuru has innovative young people as the County Government used youth expertise to develop its Land Information System.

He was accompanied by Nakuru CeC for Public Service Management Catherine Kitetu, Director for Trade, Industrialization, Tourism and Wildlife Management Mandeep Singh, and Subukia MCA Hon. Peter Muchiri who is also the chairperson Labour and Social Welfare Committee among other officials.

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Governor Kinuthia Mbugua Puts Land Grabbers on Notice

By David Kimani

NAKURU, Kenya 21st October, 2015 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has today put land grabbers on notice with dire consequences to follow all those who engage in the illegal ownership of land.

Speaking after commissioning the newly rehabilitated the Nakuru County Slaughter House today in Biashara Ward, Governor Mbugua said a large portion of the abattoir land had been grabbed.

‘We warn those people who have a tendency of taking hold of land or any other public property to stop. Any land or property of the County Government of Nakuru taken against the law will be reverted’, said Governor Mbugua.

Governor Mbugua affirmed the main objective of the government is to serve the people by creating an enabling environment for the people to make a living. Adding that his county government’s rehabilitation of the abattoir that was built in 1943 by the World War II prisoners of war is one of the many ways of achieving this.

This abattoir renovated at a cost of about Ksh 5.6 million has the capacity to handle 10-20 cows, 20 goats or sheep and between 200-300 poultry per day, employs over 20 people and per month generates over Ksh 50, 000 for the County Government of Nakuru.

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Besides this, Governor Mbugua said the facility creates employment along the livestock value chain in Nakuru County, from farm to plate and also generates revenue for the county government.

Meanwhile, Governor Mbugua visited Manyani where he commissioned over 50 solar powered streetlights.

According to Maina Kairu the CeC for Roads,Transport and Public Works, over 300 solar lights have been installed in various sub-counties such as Nakuru West and Naivasha. This work is ongoing.

He adds that going green will help reduce County Government expenditure on power bills as well aid use of natural resources sustainably.

Governor Mbugua was accompanied by his Deputy Joseph Rutto, the Chief Officer Department of Agriculture, Livestock Development and Fisheries Mrs. Wanja Muritu, Biashara Ward MCA Hon. Steve Kuria among other county officials.