The United States International University (Usiu —Africa, in partnership with Devki Steel Mills Limited, has launched the Narendra Raval-Guru Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation programme at the Usiu-Africa Innovation and Incubation Centre in Nairobi.
The programme targets fresh graduates from both the private and public universities in Kenya and will take them through a six-month course at Usiu-Africa. It is designed to take the emerging entrepreneurs through a human-centred interactive systematic process to create their own businesses.
It also offers a practical, hands-on insight and battle-tested solutions by freeing the imagination, shifting the perspective and providing a road map to create new frontiers of opportunity, growth and jobs. It is a product of a decade of rigorous research and experiences.
“Through our vast experiences in the industry, we have seen the continuous disruption in market place and we knew we need to change direction. We want to socially invest our funds and expertise with an institution that is widely recognised as a centre of academic excellence with state-of-the-art facilities,” said Narendra Raval, Chairman, Devki Group.
Devki will donate ‘a considerable amount’ towards the tuition fees for the first batch of 50 students. The programme commences on June 22 at Usiu-Africa. Upon completion, Devki Group will place successful graduates from the programme in their subsidiary companies — Devki Steel Mills Limited, Maisha Mabati Limited, National Cement Company Limited, Maisha Packaging Company Limited, Northwood Aviation and Devki Energy Company Limited.
Usiu —Africa Vice Chancellor Prof Paul Zeleza said the institution is committed to changing the narrative of the increasing unemployment rate of Kenyan youth, which stood at 22.2 per cent according to the United Nations Human Development Report of 2017. He said this commitment is necessary to ensure that Kenya continues being the economic powerhouse in the region and Africa as the country has extensive human skills, ideas and capacity to generate relevant solutions.