After a rigorous sifting process and a Kick-Off event to announce winners of the 2022 Innovators-In-Residence programme, the Media Innovation Centre (MiC) held its onboarding programme for the nine winning teams.
The three-day event held simultaneously in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania was crucial in taking the winning teams through the necessary dos and don’ts and introducing their coaches and trainers and walking them through the curriculum. During her welcoming address, MiC’s Director, Dr Njoki Chege, noted the importance of the exercise as it will kick start a smooth residency. She reiterated the support her team and coaches will offer to ensure the residents achieve their set goals.
A new journey begins
“I would like to officially welcome you to the start of your 12-month residency in the Innovators-In-Residence programme. I am excited to get things started and walk with you in your journey to growing your start-ups,” Dr Chege said. “The next three days will be crucial as the onboarding sessions will provide you with the necessary context and information on the activities you will undertake with the coaches, trainers, and our team members.”
She also urged the residents to “feel free to ask where you do not understand, for the team is here to help you succeed.”
Laying the foundation
Lead coach and trainer Ann Gitari pointed to the strides the sessions will provide as they plan to carry out one or two trainings between the three days.
“I am glad we will have three days to onboard the new residents. This provides my team and I the opportunity to tick off some trainings such as Human Centred Design (HCD) and Lean Canvas Training (LCM) that are crucial in building foundations,” said Anne.
Some of the residents, whom we spoke to at the end, shared their gratitude and described the sessions as insightful, knowledgeable and will go a long way in ensuring success.
Excitement in the air
Others were excited about the programme’s start as they were eager to actualise their plans and dreams of running a media start-up. Each team will receive $20,000 in grant funding towards their start-up and an extra $1000 monthly stipend to facilitate month to month activities. Coupled with this, they will also receive free consultations from various experts, mentors, training, coaching, and access to facilities such as fully furnished offices, tech equipment, and supporting amenities.
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