Week 1 of our Research to Commercialization Cohort 4 was off to an exhilarating start as we launched Phase 2 and commenced our intensive training program!

Phase 2 Launch: We kicked off Phase 2 with a bang, marking a significant milestone in our journey towards commercialization. The R2C Program phase 2 will offer a holistic approach to support research commercialisation, featuring a 6-month Accelerator Program providing intensive training to researchers on matters such as business formation, intellectual property, and go-to-market strategies alongside mentorship and commercialisation support. The program will also include institutional support, which includes training of Trainers of Trainers (ToT’s) from various institutions, capacity building of Vice Chancellors, and Policy and funding support. All the efforts are topped by marketing and communication efforts to help showcase the innovators and transformative measures institutions take to promote research commercialization.

Training Week One: Our inaugural week of training proved to be an enriching experience, brimming with invaluable insights. Our trainers, led by industry leaders in their respective fields, guided participants through an immersive exploration of various topics. From design thinking and mindset shifts to business model canvas and understanding and monetizing intellectual property, the curriculum encompassed various essential subjects. Additionally, sessions on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) for innovation, entrepreneurship for researchers, and effective pitching techniques added depth to our learning journey.

The cohort comprises talented individuals hailing from esteemed institutions such as Maasai Mara University, Kabiaga University, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology, Meru University of Science and Technology, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, and the University of Embu. Their innovative projects span a wide spectrum, including the development of Yacon Herbal Probiotic Detox, Water Purification Devices, Smart Biocement Additives, SMART Irrigation Systems, Optimization of Biogas Yields and Calorific Values using Ferric Oxide at Low-Temperature Regimes, Pinezz Nitriwine from Pineapple Wastes, Energy Smart Solutions, Value Addition of JOOUST All-Purpose Detergent, and the Enzymation Production of Organotea Fertilizer from Non-Commercial Leaves.

Highlights: Throughout the week, participants actively engaged in dynamic discussions, fostering an environment ripe for idea exchange and refinement of project pitches. Additionally, they had the opportunity to meet with their designated coaches, who will provide personalized one-on-one coaching to support their innovations’ development in the coming weeks.

As we reflect on an action-packed week, we’re filled with excitement and anticipation for the transformative journey ahead. Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to accelerate research innovation into commercial success!