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Kinu Innovation and Co-Creation Space

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

Whether entrepreneurs found companies, find a cofounder, meet someone new, or learn a skill far outside their usual 9-to-5, everyone is guaranteed to leave the event better prepared to navigate the chaotic but fun world of startups. If you want to put yourself in the shoes of an entrepreneur, register now for the best weekend of your life!



Nov 22
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome
  • Dinner and Networking
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas


Nov 23
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee
  • Lean Startup Insights
  • Define MVP & start Customer Validation
  • Lunch / Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help


Nov 24
  • Arrive, simple breakfast & team surveys
  • Quick morning talk
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Lunch
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Pitch practice/ tech check
  • Dinner & awards

Hon. January Makamba

Dep. Minister Communication, Science & Technology   |  

Nina Werner

Regional Director, Mara Foundation

Taha Jiwaji

CEO, Bongo Live

Michael Grogan

Management Capacity Building Expert

Nabeel Hassanali

CEO, Genesis Consult


Baraka Mtungwa

Co-Founder, Uhuru One

Business and Strategy Coach

Catherinerose Barretto

Co-Founder, Kinu   |   LinkedInGoogle+

Noah Maina

IT Engineer, Seacom

Technical Coach

Ernest Mwalusanya

Software Developer, NIRAS

Technical Coach

Sachi DeCou

Co-Founder, Juabar

Design Coach

Gianluca Cescon

Co-Founder, Devergy

Business model coach

Benedict Tesha

CEO, Jamaa Creatives

Technical and Design Coach

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