08 May 2013

IBM Opens Innovation Center in Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya - 08 May 2013 - IBM today opened its first IBM Innovation Center in East Africa. Located in Nairobi, Kenya, the center will help fuel growth and innovation in the region, providing IT partners, developers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and academics with access to the latest enterprise software and hardware, training and business and marketing support. The IBM Innovation Center is co-located with a new IBM Client Center that brings IBM's expertise to clients in the region. 

The Nairobi Center joins a worldwide network of 40 other IBM Innovation Centers in 33 countries, including Morocco and South Africa. Through this network, IBM connects local companies and entrepreneurs with technical and industry experts around the world and can support growth with introductions into new markets. 

Nairobi is also home to IBM's first Research Lab in Africa which is driving a program of Pan-African research designed to help solve some of the continent's biggest challenges such as urbanization, next generation public sector and human capacity development. 

"Technology is playing a critical role in building stronger Kenyan and East African economies," said Mugo Kibati, chief executive officer, Kenya Vision 2030. "IBM is an essential partner in helping us create a vibrant network of highly-skilled individuals and businesses, who are driving innovation for Africa and the world." 

"The new IBM Innovation Center is an important milestone in our expansion and work in East Africa," said Tony Mwai , country general manager IBM East Africa. "The advanced IT and business recourses at the Center will strengthen our climate of innovation and get new East African Solutions into the global marketplace." 

Source: IBM