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Launch of SMEs Cohort 2 Call for Applications

On 11th August, 2023, KIEP 250+ Cohort 2 Call for Applications was officially opened at an event officiated by the Ag. Industrialization Secretary, Nobby Macharia. Mr. Sameer Goyal, Senior Financial Specialist at the World Bank, together with the Kenya Industry and Entrepreneurship Project (KIEP) Coordinator

Business Diagnosis for Cohort 1 SMEs

This week, SMEs in Cohort 1 started the Business Diagnosis phase. With the help of our KIEP 250+ proprietary model, the Business Advisors work with senior SME management to identify the company’s strengths and weaknesses. The objective is to identify business improvements areas (gaps) which

SMEs selected to proceed to next phase

A key milestone was achieved this week as 44 SMEs were shortlisted by the KIEP 250+ Selection Committee to proceed to the Due Diligence and Diagnosis phase. The sector representing the largest number of SMEs was Food & Agriculture, followed by Manufacturing. We are truly

Close of 1st SMEs Call for Applications

The first KIEP 250+ SMEs call for applications closed on Wednesday 24th December 2021 and at first sight it’s been a very successful window. About 100 SMEs have submitted their applications. When we get back from holidays we’ll begin the shortlisting process. Can’t wait to

KIEP 250+ formally launched

Today KIEP 250+ formally started its 4-year programme to select 250 fast-growing SMEs and support them with technical assistance to enable innovation, acceleration and meeting world-class productivity standards. A great kick-off event at the Mövenpick Hotel led by Cabinet Secretary Hon. Betty Maina; on the

KIEP 250+ unveils its logo

Earlier today we received sign off on the KIEP 250+ logo. It is now formal – component 2 of the KIEP project will henceforth be known as KIEP 250+. Another important step towards the launch of our first Call for Applications. The logo symbolizes two

KIEP 250+ taking shape

The MoITED and NIRAS teams met for the first time to discuss the implementation schedule for KIEP 250+. What a strange time we live in – due to Covid we held our conference with 25 attendees in a ballroom which normally accommodates 500 people. Social

Online application platform – SmartME

Contracts were signed with Adalia Ltd. from Finland to start using the SmartME application platform for the administration of KIEP 250+ grants. SmartME is a software platform designed specifically for the needs of international development funds and projects. The platform enables us to track the

Let’s get started

The moment we have all waited for has arrived. Last week the Ministry of Industry, Technology and Enterprise Development (MoITED) signed the contracts enabling component 2 of the Kenya Industry and Entrepreneurship Project (KIEP) to start. KIEP is a USD 50 million cutting edge initiative