Regulations in Assistive Technology

When you speak to people in entrepreneurial ecosystems, regulations are rarely at the top of peoples lists of favourite things to think about. However, regulations, standards and certifications do however play an important role in any tech sector. They ensure that the products and services are safe, of acceptable quality, and provide ways for governments […]

Emerging African Ecosystems

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For local founders, creating an assistive technology (AT) company offers the opportunity to significantly improve the lives of people in your community. For international founders looking to enter new markets, African entrepreneurial ecosystems offer a vibrant and untapped customer base, exciting experiences, and the added bonus of providing meaningful benefits to customers that have historically been unable […]

Safariseat Maker TAI Scoops Judges Award at Innovate Now Cohort 4.0 Demo

Safariseat Maker TAI Scoops Judges Award at Innovate Now Cohort 4.0 Demo

Innovate Now, the Global Disability Innovation Hub, and Amref Health Africa Kenyan-based assistive technology Startup accelerator held its fourth demo day on Tuesday 14th September 2021.  “We are excited about being awarded the Innovate Now judges award. Our participation in the accelerator was really valuable in validating SafariSeat’s upcoming updates and new services for our […]

GDI H and Amref Powered Innovate Now joins +N as Founding Member

GDI H and Amref Powered Innovate Now joins +N as Founding Member

Written by Bernard Chiira, Director Innovate Now, 01 Sept 2021 For many decades persons with disabilities in Africa, especially in Kenya where I come from have faced a myriad of challenges. These manifest themselves in social and systemic exclusion across multiple sectors such as healthcare, education and work. The biggest barrier and driver of this […]

Celebrating Inspirational Entrepreneurs Building Tech that Matters for Africa

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Blog by Bernard Chiira, first published on Medium.  Exactly a year ago my career took a right turn and I found myself working at the intersection of innovation and disability. The journey has been rewarding, exhilarating and worth every step of the way. I am grateful to have receive two incredible awards; 50 Most Fabulous […]

Innovate Now Cohort 2.0: call for applicants

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PRESS RELEASE Innovate Now Accelerator Programme Seeks Mobile Solutions to Assist Persons with Disabilities  Programme opens submissions for second cohort with focus on mobile as a bridge to assistive technology  NAIROBI – May 13, 2020: Innovate Now, Africa’s first Assistive Technology Accelerator is seeking applications from innovators across the African continent who are dedicated to developing […]