C4DLab is a prototyping and innovative startup incubation lab at the School of Computing & Informatics, University of Nairobi. This lab was founded in 2013, as the first phase of a bigger complex CC4D (Center of Computing for Development) to be built at the school.

The lab works with the entire university community, with a reach to a community of more than 70,000 people, including faculty, students, staff and alumni.

C4DLab has the following flagship activities:

  • Startup Acceleration

We launched our incubation late in 2013 and received a total of 24 applicants. Currently, C4Dlab has a capacity of 10 physical startups, and while the rest are engaged on the virtual incubationmodel.

  • Capacity Building & Training

C4DLab runs numerous events in form of seminars, bootcamps, workshops, etc geared towards building the capacity for the university community to easily innovate.

There are also systematically organized short courses that run the entire year, particularly cyber security, cloud computing, innovation management and data analytics.

  • Prototyping

C4Dlab also engages in building in-house products. Since inception more than 12 prototypes of very innovative products have been made. Notably among them are apps to analyse public transportation data and Games for Learning (G4L), which are mainly targeting primary school kids.

  • Research

C4Dlab has established several partnerships with government, private sector and multinationals to promote data driven policy making through research. With funding from various organizations and utilizing capacity at the University, C4DLab has championed development of policy and strategy documents founded on rigorous research.

  • Dissemination

C4Dlab ensures that activities and programs of the hub reach target audiences in timely manner. This is achieved by organizing conferences (the flagship being the Nairobi Innovation Week), public lectures and workshops. In addition, C4DLab operates an International Journal on Innovations published every six months.


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