MKU Researcher wins GIST Tech-I Competition
Donatus Njoroge, Mount Kenya University Lecturer and Researcher was announced the winner of the Global Innovations through Science and Technology Initiative (GIST) Tech-I competition Startup Phase by the U.S. State Department’s at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Bahrain on 17th April 2019.According to the media note released from office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC the GIST Tech-I pitch competition brings together science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide, enabling young innovators through networking, skill development, mentoring, and access to financing, to develop startup solutions that address economic and development challenges. This year more than 500 up-and-coming entrepreneurs submitted applications. Twelve finalists competed in the “idea” stage and twelve in the “startup” stage. All are seeking to further develop their innovations and competed for over $30,000 in seed capital funding and more than $200,000 in Amazon Web Services credits.
“We as MKU Fraternity joined by fellow Kenyans congratulate Donatus Njoroge on his research which has been pinned on the global map. His research on post-harvest pest control is in line with the goal 2 of Kenya Big 4 Agenda “Food Security and Nutrition”. His research is timely as the country faces a dry span hence we need to safe guard the harvest that we already have.” Dr. Bibianne, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Research Affairs.