Mettā seeks to spur Kenya’s startups through monthly training sessions

Mettā, the newly-launched entrepreneurs’ club, has unveiled what it calls “Nairobi’s first Catalyst Programme,” a series of industry-specific workshops for startups. As part of the new initiative, each month, the Mettā Catalyst Programme will bring together industry experts, mentors and corporates to help entrepreneurs running promising early stage companies accelerate growth and take their businesses to the next level.

The Catalyst Programme will allow participants to leverage the expertise of industry leaders to build innovative, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions. February’s inaugural programme begins with a focus on Education and EdTech, and Mettā is looking for entrepreneurs and startups who would like to create sustainable strategies for their education-related businesses.

The programme itself will run from February 15 to 24 and consist of four half-day sessions with the following key focus areas:

·         Session 1 – Business Modelling and Idea Crystallisation

·         Session 2 – UX and Market Research: From Idea to Innovation

·         Session 3 – Financial Modelling: Building Out the Numbers

·         Session 4 –  Team: Hiring and Retaining the Right Talent

The Catalyst Programme brings together curated speaker sessions and workshops, culminating in a demo day where the selected startups will get an opportunity to showcase their innovations and interact with key ecosystem stakeholders.

February: Education and EdTech.
March: Urban Living and Property Tech
April: AI, Blockchain and Data

Maurice Otieno, Ecosystem Development Lead (Africa) at Mettā, said: “We are launching the Catalyst Programme to help connect experts, mentors, corporates and startups in a productive and structured manner”. He added “The initiative is geared towards nurturing innovators and facilitating focused dialogue between stakeholders in the wider ecosystem, spurring the sharing knowledge, experiences and expertise while creating a plethora of collaborative opportunities.”

The sessions will be hosted in the following venues:

Mettā Nairobi – 6F Belgravia Building at 14 Riverside – Thursday February 9, 2017 at 10 am
iHub Nairobi – 4F Bishop Magua Building – Ngong Road on Thursday February 9, 2017
iBiz Africa – Strathmore University – Friday Febraury 10, 2017 from 5:30 pm

Launched in May 2016, Mettā is a community-driven entrepreneurs’ club that connects people, ideas and resources. The platform, which was invested in and backed by Nest, has been created to bring startups, innovators, influencers, and companies from around the world closer together and support them on their path to success.

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