IIEC- Meru University of Science and Technology Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship Centre
The Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship Centre (IIEC) was established during the University`s first graduation ceremony on 26th July, 2013. The founding Chancellor, Dr. James Mwangi donated Kenya shillings One Hundred Million (KSh100, 000,000/=) as a seed fund for development of the Centre. The Centre was envisioned to nurture the creation and development of industrial based knowledge through innovation, incubation, acceleration and commercialization of innovative ideas. The Centre is designed to nurture and support the industrial, technological and scientific innovations from Must University Science and Technology (MUST) students, alumni, staff, regional and global researchers/innovators. The innovations and incubations developed at IIEC and commercialized in the industries would significantly contribute to solving socio-economic development challenges and complement the government’s effort of transforming the national economy through employment and wealth creation.
Vision, Mission, Philosophy and Objectives of the Centre
Vision: A global innovation and entrepreneurship centre of excellence
Mission: Nurture, mentor, empower and sustain innovation and
entrepreneurship initiatives for global businesses
Philosophy: The Centre is founded on the philosophy of idea stimulation, incubation and enterprising of science and technology innovations for economic development
Objectives: The core objective of the centre is to avail an enabling environment for the development of business ideas for incubation, innovation, acceleration, dissemination and commercialized to create wealth for posterity.
In particular to:
- Stimulate development and/or identification of existing innovations
- Support and/or accelerate the development of innovations into prototype products/services
- Incubate the prototype innovations and/or companies to commercial independence
- Generate and/or source for funding to sustain the IIEC
The Centre has an Advisory Board chaired by Rt. (Amb). Dr. Muthaura. Other members of the Board includes Mr. Silas K. Kobia (Managing Trustee, Lukiko Consulting Trust), Mr. George Njenga (General Electric -Sub Sahara Africa), Eng. Rosemary Gitonga (Chief Manager – Research & Extension, KPLC), Mr. James Mworia (Group Chief Executive Officer, Centum), Mr. Francis Njogu ( Tullow Oil – Kenya), Prof. Japhet K. Magambo Vice-Chancellor, (MUST) and Prof. Charity Gichuki (Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Administration, Finance & Planning, MUST).The Advisory Board provides policy direction, source for funds and promote the Centre development initiatives at regional and global arenas.
The Centre is managed by a Director who is responsible for day to day running of the Centre under general direction of the University Management. In particular, the Director provides strategic, managerial and operational leadership at the Centre including coordination of routine activities, development and implementation of centre policies, procedures and action plans. Further, the Director coordinate talent search, link the industry mentors/collaborators and innovators/incubators as well as develop funding proposals for the Centre activities and manage funded projects and programmes.
Call for ideas
The Centre invites innovative and creative ideas from staff, students and other interested parties with a view of supporting the development of the same into viable commercial product. Potential innovators are requested to consult with the Centre Director for additional information. Meanwhile, potential innovators can reach the Centre Director on 0721 820562 in Academic Block A, room AA16 for any enquiry.