Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) – Technology Transfer Assistance to enhance Knowledge Exchange and Technology Transfer between SMEs and HEIs in Kenya

About the TU-K

The Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) is a new type of university in Kenya, whose mandate shall be to offer higher education and research in technology. The technical university, as a concept, is being created in Kenya with the objective to be a technological force behind the Vision-2030 drive and the general economic development of the nation. This has come about from the realisation that most countries that have been able to make major technological breakthroughs were heavily propelled through this by their technological universities.

How the RISA Fund grant will be used

The TU-K project aims to push innovations from the academia to the small and micro enterprises sector by establishing a hub to incubate relevant technologies. The project is designed in two phases; the first phase consists of research to understand what technologies would be relevant to the SME sector and what technologies are available in the academia. The second phase establishes a hub to incubate technologies and to connect  technology users and other stakeholders for knowledge sharing.

The project will accelerate the uptake of technology by small and microenterprises (SMEs) in Kenya. Researchers will work together with entrepreneurs to develop appropriate and needed innovations to promote the SME sector. 

The project is collaborating with Viktoria ventures/Kenia, Mawazo and the private sector SMEs.