The Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) has embarked on an exciting journey of knowledge transfer and collaboration with Cleantech Estonia. This initiative titled “Estonia-Kenya Twin-Transition Ecosystem Building,” aims to connect Kenya’s digital-cleantech ecosystem with Estonia’s thriving tech scene. With a shared commitment to foster innovation and drive sustainable change, the collaboration promises to make a tangible difference.
KCIC’s mission has always been to nurture and accelerate innovative solutions that tackle environmental challenges. Cleantech Estonia, on the other hand, supports early-stage cleantech startups in Estonia and across Europe. Our shared vision places this collaboration on two fundamental pillars: the exploration of new horizons within the cleantech ecosystem and the essential transfer of knowledge. Beyond these foundational principles, the partnership seeks to establish critical lines of communication and cooperation between the two countries.
A pivotal step in this course was a visit by a dedicated team from Cleantech Estonia to Kenya in September. This visit set the stage for engagement with key stakeholders in the country. Led by KCIC, the team met various key stakeholders including KeNIA (the agency responsible for the development and management of the National Innovation System), Kenya National Cleaner Production Centre (KNCPC), engineering faculties within the University of Nairobi and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology, the SME Center and WEE Center (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Centre).
This productive engagement fostered invaluable dialogue and laid the foundation for future cooperation. The insightful discussions and exchange of expertise during the visit are poised to play an important role in shaping the future of cleantech innovation in both Estonia and Kenya. The collaboration is not only a meeting of minds but a convergence of purpose—a shared vision for a cleaner, greener, and more sustainable future.
Joseph Murabula, CEO at KCIC reiterated the importance of the two organizations working together. “Our commitment is about uncovering fresh opportunities and synergies that drive sustainability and innovation. By gaining a deep understanding of the needs and challenges within the cleantech industry, we can adapt and tailor our solutions more effectively. Innovation remains at the core of our partnership, and together with Cleantech Estonia, we are working to introduce solutions that will accelerate the green transition and make a lasting impact”, he said.
Kädi Ristkok, CEO of Cleantech Estonia, emphasizes the importance of this project for Estonian cleantech startups. The project aims to map the Kenyan clean digital technology ecosystem, identify opportunities and challenges, and explore the potential for long-term collaboration between the two countries.
The “Estonia – Kenya Twin Transition Ecosystem Building” project is designed to strengthen Kenya’s network for technological development, promote information exchange, and foster robust communication links with the Estonian ecosystem. The KCIC team will reciprocate by visiting Tallinn, Estonia, right in time to attend key cleantech events that will build connections and give a platform to share best practices.
In an era where sustainable solutions are more critical than ever, the Estonia-Kenya collaboration showcases the power of international partnerships in driving sustainable change. As the world grapples with the urgent need for cleantech solutions, the coming together of these two countries brings us closer to a greener, more sustainable future.