Nairobi – Kenya Airways PLC (KQ) launched the Fahari Innovation Hub, an innovation hub that serves as a springboard for new ideas and data-driven innovation to accelerate impact-driven solutions that address some of the societal and business challenges.
The Fahari Innovation Hub is part of KQ’s strategy to contribute to the sustainable development of Africa by enabling, collaborating and developing innovative ideas and strategies with local start-ups and the ecosystem of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
At the opening, the Cabinet Secretary of the Ministry of ICT, Innovation and Youth, Joseph Mucheru, said that it was necessary to find new ways for the future and especially for the youth to react as flexibly as possible to changing times and diverse possibilities can.
“We commend Kenya Airways for partnering with the National Youth Council and GE and harnessing the potential of youth to shape the Fahari Innovation Hub and accelerate the country’s mission to create new, digital and environmentally friendly business models beyond flying to use to shape our future, ”he said.
“We hope that through the center we will see further education, job opportunities, community growth and support for local universities, businesses and SMEs as we contribute to sustainable development in Africa.”
We are increasingly aware of the need to innovate / CFMKenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Allan Kilavuka said, “At the rate at which change is accelerating, especially now in the midst of a global pandemic as we position the business as a resilient, forward-thinking company and sustainable company with a conscious, integrative agenda to strengthen, partner and shape together with the society around us. “
“Creating an environment that accelerates innovative ideas, knowledge sharing and the business impact, and brings together diverse think tanks, industry leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs illustrates our spirit of pushing forward when we find innovative solutions to some of our business problems, and pain points, “he added.
The Fahari Innovation Hub has been in virtual operation for about a year. With the establishment of a physical workplace, the hub will provide a center for strategic innovation management that offers opportunities for co-creation, collaboration, networking, research and learning.
Last week the Fahari Innovation Hub curated a virtual workshop for entrepreneurs called the “KQ Aviation 101 Workshop”, which launched the Fahari Innovation Challenge.
The workshop served to inform start-ups and SMEs about the possibilities of market access within the entire value chain of the aviation sector, including airports, food industry, tourism and digitization including Boeing Horizon X, IATA, Kenya Tourism Board, Nas Airport Services, General Electric, Hivos East Africa and Funkidz Limited.