Kenya Innovation Week 2023: Transformative Outcomes from the Inclusive Innovations Summit

Panel;ists during the Kenya Innovation week summit

In a resounding celebration of collaborative strides, the Kenya Innovation Week 2023, Commonwealth Edition, showcased an impactful highlight – the Inclusive Innovations Summit. Hosted on November 29, 2023, at the prestigious Edge Convention Centre, this summit, spearheaded by Bernard Chiira, Director of Innovate Now, bore the theme ‘Innovate for All: Driving Inclusive Innovation in the […]

His Majesty the King concludes visit to Kenya with encouragement for Assistive Technology innovators, and meets ventures from our Innovate Now accelerator

His Majesty King Charles III recently concluded his visit to Kenya, where he met ventures from the Global Disability Innovation Hub’s Innovate Now Accelerator, Africa’s first Assistive Technology Accelerator. The King’s visit served as a significant boost for the Kenyan assistive technology sector, highlighting the country’s leadership in developing affordable solutions for people with disabilities. It also […]

Syna Case study

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Sylvia’s inspiration to address this issue arose from a conversation with a parent of a disabled child, which opened her mind to the challenges faced by people with disabilities in accessing proper sanitation facilities. She later discovered that her own grandfather, who lived with them, faced similar difficulties. Through extensive research, Sylvia realized that this […]

Lugha Ishara Case study

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Lugha Ishara follows a user-centric approach in developing its products, actively involving the users to identify their challenges and using these insights as the foundation for product development. Since its inception, the company has maintained an innovation committee comprising parents with hearing-impaired children, fostering a collaborative relationship with its users and capitalizing on its strengthsto […]

Riziki Source Case study

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), about 15 percent of the global population, roughly 1 billion people, live with disabilities. Unfortunately, there are common misconceptions that individuals withDisabilities are incapable of being part of the workforce, leading to fear, prejudice, and myths that hinder their inclusion in workplaces worldwide. One of these myths is […]

Innovate Now and Access Austria and Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs collaborate to accelerate AT innovation in Africa.

Today GDI Hub’s Innovate Now, Access Austria and Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen Österreichs have announced a Memorandum of Understanding to drive impact across start-up space – by building the inclusive ecosystem through continued knowledge sharing and support for founders from Innovate Now and The Accessible Technology Incubator Austria by Access Austria. According to the […]

Innovation Spotlight: Lugha Ishara tackling language deprivation in Deaf children.

A photo of the founders of Lugha Ishara smiling at the camera

This blog is part of our weekly #InnovationSpotlight-exploring the stories of ventures within our GDI Hub Accelerate portfolio. Here we meet The Accessibility Institute (TAI) , a social enterprise that completed our Kenyan-based Innovate Now Accelerator. In 2018, Lugha Ishara was founded by Nancy Maina and a team of four volunteers who were passionate about improving the lives of […]

Innovation Spotlight: Riziki Source, connecting people with disabilities to job opportunities.

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This blog is part of our weekly #InnovationSpotlight – exploring the stories of ventures within our GDI Hub Accelerate portfolio. Hereis a story of Riziki source, who completed our Kenyan Based Innovate Now Accelerator. In today’s digital age, technology has become an integral part of our daily lives. From social media to online shopping, we rely on technology to […]

Signs TV case study

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Signs Media TV was launched in 2015 when the company applied to the Communication Authority of Kenya for permission to run a television station broadcasting in sign language and was granted the permission. In February 2017, Signs Media started broadcasting on free-to-air platforms – Signs TV and is also found on channels like GoTV and […]