From October 24th – 30th, access2innovation association brought 15 Danish companies on a DANIDA supported delegation trip to Kenya and Uganda.
After a kick-off meeting at the Danish embassy in Kampala, the companies visited a large number of potential future business partners as well as local civil society organisations, public authorities and humanitarian organisations with the aim of setting up sustainable business ventures.
In Kampala and the Nairobi district, companies were mainly focused on solutions within energy and agri-business, but part of the delegation visited the UNHCR refugee camp I Kakuma. The camp houses between 160 and 190 thousand refugees in a semi-arid setting and has a pressing need for innovative solutions within access to water, energy and food.
In the Kwale district in south eastern Kenya, the delegation met up with a Red Cross-supported farmer group that has established a dam and an irrigation system but is in need of smart solutions that will help them reach their goals of expanding.
“With all the information from the trip, I feel like I have just gotten a new box of Lego bricks,” says Jakob Bejbro Andersen, CEO at MASH Biotech. “Now I just have to figure out what to build with them.”
Watch the short video documenting the trip below.