The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Researcher Seeks More Innovators

Kenyan innovators have been urged to turn their ideas into business ventures. Speaking at Mount Kenya university during a public forum on innovation, a US-based research and development consultant Evans Baiya said the country needs to invest in innovations to boost industrial development.

"Innovators are always ahead of regulators. In most of the developed countries, innovations have been the backbone of the multinational companies where the firms generate their value through innovative services, ideas as well as new business models," he said.

Baiya is a lecturer at Northwest Nazarene University in America. He said Kenya has the potential to be an innovations hub, adding that the National Council of Science and Technology should give grants to students turn their ideas into products. Mount Kenya University confirmed its commitment to tap new talent by investing in innovations.

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