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Mastercard Foundation Fund For Rural Prosperity to Support Pwani Innovation Week

Between 4th and 7th December 2018, Mastercard Foundation Fund for Rural Prosperity is supporting Pwani Innovation Week, a unique event aimed at stimulating the innovation ecosystem in the coastal region of Kenya.

The objective of the organizers, Swahili Pot, is to bring together business experts, government and investors in a discussion dedicated to the needs of community innovators in the six counties the coastal region of Kenya, namely Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Tana River and Taita Taveta.

During the event, Mastercard Foundation Board Member Dr. Jendayi Frazer will provide a keynote address. The Fund will also be represented by Grace Njoroge, a Program Manager on the Fund, and Grace Oduor, an Associate supporting the Fund on communications.

By participating in this event, the Fund aims to inspire private institutions in the region by sharing its portfolio of innovative projects (particularly those deploying or using fintech solutions) across Sub Saharan Africa, and explaining how several of these are transforming lives, particularly for rural farmers.

The event will be used to showcase and celebrate innovative products and services from the region. With regard to participation in the Pwani Innovation Week, the Fund will:

  • make a keynote presentation to SMEs and regional influencers on the Fund, its objectives and how it is supporting innovative business projects to deliver financial inclusion,
  • participate on a judging panel assessing pitches from early-stage companies from or operating in the Republic of Kenya that have the potential for replicable, large-scale impact and profit through their products and services.
  • engage in a panel discussion around infrastructure (particularly ICT) and investment gaps for business growth in the region.

Registration for the event is ongoing here, where more information on the scheduled events is also available.

Join our team there as we showcase innovations in the Fund’s portfolio that are transforming the lives of smallholder farmers in Africa.