Techstars Startup Weekend DeKUT

    Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019


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  4. Coaches and Mentors
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  6. Organizing Team
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Techstars Startup Weekend DeKUT

Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019



Friday, September 27 - 29, 2019
Event starts at 4:00 pm

Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
DeHUB
Nyeri, Kenya

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Your idea in 54 hours

Do you have an idea you'd like to pursue or a problem you'd like to solve but don't know where to start or who to start with?

Techstars Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend.

What do you need to bring?

Lots of energy! You'll pitch your own idea or listen to others, then vote on the most interesting ideas and form teams with diverse skill sets. You can come with friends, but you’ll get the full experience if you participate in separate teams. Remember, it’s all about the team.
Your idea should be something you have not previously worked on. The idea you pitch and the problem you set out to solve can span social, educational, financial, environmental, or other issues. Over the course of the weekend you'll be challenged to create a prototype of your MVP, or minimum viable product, that fits the needs of your target customer. You'll get feedback, iterate, and likely pivot your approach entirely! Important: You cannot have worked previously on your idea.

Techstars Startup Weekend is a full weekend long experience. Your ticket includes:
  • 7 full (and delicious) meals over the course of the weekend
  • Benefits and discounts from our global partners
  • One-on-one time with amazing mentors
  • A new network of developers, designers, and entrepreneurs eager, like you, to change the world.
  • All the internet and coffee you can consume.

Watch the video below to see what you can expect, and if you’re feeling inspired click on the “Buy Ticket” button now!

Still have questions, feel free to reach us at “
nyeri@startupweekend.org”.

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EVENT SCHEDULE

Friday September 27th


4:00 pm
Registration
Arrive at the venue and get checked in


6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants


7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders


7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch


9:00 pm
Voting
Attendees vote for the top pitches


9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas


10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday September 28th


7:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


9:00 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend


12:00 pm
Lunch


1:00 pm
Check-In
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help


2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!


6:30 pm
Dinner


7:30 pm
Check-In
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help


10:00 pm
Wrap-Up
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday September 29th


7:30 am
Breakfast
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee


8:00 am
Check-In
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions


11:30 am
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS


12:00 pm
Lunch


12:30 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place


2:30 pm
Final presentations


5:00 pm
Evening Snack
After the final pitches during the judges are deliberating


5:30 pm
Judging & Awards


6:30 pm
Closing Ceremony & Wrap-Up


7:00 pm
Go Home!


Event Judges


Nida Bajwa
Founder and Managing Director

Dr. Nida Bajwa is Co-Founder of KoMIT GmbH, a consulting agency for personnel selection and development. He completed his PhD in industrial and organizational psychology at Saarland University, and still does research on entrepreneurial cultures at universities. Nida is deeply experienced in organizing creativity-workshops for start-up teams an is a very talented motivator and enabler when it comes to entrepreneurial activities. He is currently running large scale projects on the topic of entrepreneurship in Pakistan, Belgium, France, Spain, Kenya and Germany.





Jacqueline Macharia
Directorate of Partnership, Innovation & Capacity Building, ICT Authority

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Riro Kamau
Director DeKUT Science and Technology Park

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Coaches and Mentors


Christine Görgen
Start-up consultant

Christine Görgen is working at the Office for Knowledge and Technology Transfer of Saarland University (KWT) since 2010. She successfully developed a strategy on developing Saarland University into an entrepreneurial university, effectively winning Saarland University the award of entrepreneurial university in 2013. She coaches and supports students and researchers who want to start their own company and guides them through different phases of entrepreneurial development. She has developed numerous formats for sensitizing and motivating students to start their own company, was able to implement entrepreneurial formats across faculties as elective courses and played a crucial part in establishing open formats such as entrepreneurial crash course, business plan school and many more.Christine has successfully coached over 400 students and researchers to develop their own companies, out of which over 50 were successful to acquire external funds through venture capital, scholarships or government investments.


Hellen Kirui
Directorate of Partnership, Innovation & Capacity Building, ICT Authority

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Aly Uweso Salim
Founder

Aly is a Co-Founder of M-Power (SwahiliBox), an Entrepreneur, an avid community builder and has developed and capacity built amazing individuals who have ended up in some of the leading regional companies (such as Microsoft and Andela). He has a Computer Science Degree from the UK and a PHD in Mobile Games Networking.
Apart from being versed in Gaming, Aly Salim has both construction and Maker experience, being extremely talented in making and mechanical design related to construction and DIY. He is key in helping the community of makers at MakersHub and SwahiliBox get amazing ideas when it comes to construction and making. He does Woodwork, Metal work as well as general construction work.




Francis Juma
Founder & CEO

After studying Food Science and Post-harvest Technology at JKUAT Francis worked in the fields of Product and Business Development at various companies in the food and beverages industries and gained lots of knowledge about these industries.
In 2015 he started his own company which became a leading media company in the sector.


Gilbert Mutinda
Current Branch Manager, Family bank-Nyeri

Gilbert has been in banking industry for 18 years holding various positions in branch operations, finance and credit management. He holds a Bachelor degree in Economics and an MBA in Finance.






Nida Bajwa
Founder and Managing Director

Dr. Nida Bajwa is Co-Founder of KoMIT GmbH, a consulting agency for personnel selection and development. He completed his PhD in industrial and organizational psychology at Saarland University, and still does research on entrepreneurial cultures at universities. Nida is deeply experienced in organizing creativity-workshops for start-up teams an is a very talented motivator and enabler when it comes to entrepreneurial activities. He is currently running large scale projects on the topic of entrepreneurship in Pakistan, Belgium, France, Spain, Kenya and Germany.





Paul Chege
Assistant Manager, Patents, Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI)

Graduated from moi university in 1991, where I majored in Botany and immediately joined Kenya Industrial Property Office (the predecessor of Kenya Industrial Property Institute) as an examiner of patents in in the field of natural science. Thereafter worked as a trademarks Examiner and headed the trademarks registry before being redeployed back to patents division as a Patent Examiner. Have undergone a variety trainings in different  aspects Industrial Property locally and abroad including: search and examination of patents, administration of trademarks, Intellectual Property Management, technology transfer. During the course of work have provided technical assistance in development of IP Management Policies to a number of institutions including University of Nairobi, Kenya Medical Research Institute, Coffee Research Foundation, Kenya Sugar Research Foundation, Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization among others. Currently am also responsible for coordinating the establishment of the Kenyan Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISC) Network.






Robert Kamaru
Founder Chief Executive Officer

Robert Kamaru is the Founder CEO of Escrow Kenya, an internet escrow service that provides buyer-seller protection for e-commerce transactions. A BSc. Actuarial Science graduate, Mr. Kamaru opted to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions after completing his undergraduate studies. He is passionate about fintech and payments. He is currently involved in the day to day operations of his two startups, Online Pesa Kenya and Escrow Kenya. Mr. Kamaru is enthusiastic about mentoring young entrepreneurs and innovators to realize their visions.






Robert Mogere
Current Credit Manager, Family bank-Nyeri

Robert has been in banking industry for 10 years holding various positions in branch operations, relationship management and credit management. He holds a Bachelor of Education (Arts) and an MBA in Strategic Management.


Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Techstars Startup Weekend DeKUT team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Nyeri is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Sarah
    Machio
  • Wanjiru
    Kaburu
  • Kenneth
    Njihia
  • Muriithi
    Kaimoe
  • Peter
    Muchiri
  • Ruth
    Muriithi
  • Sebastian
    Al-Halabi

Facilitators


Sebastian Al-Halabi
Freelancer

Sebastian Al-Halabi studied Geography, Economics and Business at Gottfried-Wilhelm-Leibniz University Hannover (Germany) and at Universiteit Utrecht (Netherlands). Before working as a startup consultant in KWT‘ Entrepreneurship team from 2013 until 2018 he worked in the same field at the University of Hannover. There he was in charge for the topics Social Entrepreneurship and Creativity Techniques as well as for the organization of the newly originated Accelerator-programme and managing cross-linkages between start-ups. Since 2019 he is freelancing as a consultant for social businesses and start-ups, currently he is working at three Kenyan universities for the project 'Developing entrepreneurial universities in Kenya'.


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