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NETFUND’s capacity building programme broadly focuses on provision of technical and financial resources, training, environmental education and public awareness, to organisations and citizens to consciously mainstream environmental management into their daily lives and practices.


Capacity building is integrated into NETFUND’s programmes and projects. A key focus of NETFUND’s capacity building is on supporting public and private institutions in Kenya to play a critical and complementary role in Kenya’s transition to green economic growth. The institutions include national county government institutions, corporates, civil society organisations and small and medium enterprises.


Such institutions often lack adequate technical and financial resources to effectively respond to the country’s climate change issues, mainstream sustainable production and consumption into business processes and control pollution, biodiversity loss, among other environmental challenges. Compounding the problem is the lack of technical and institutional capacity to mobilize and manage funds for environmental management and to develop and deliver technically sound and impactful environmental initiatives.



1. GIA incubation


NETFUND runs the Incubation programme, which provides an array of business support services for green start-ups to realize their full market potential. The projects are identified through the Green Innovations Awards process.



The GIA incubation process




Incubation of viable green enterprises


Viable green MSMEs have taken through the NETFUND incubation programme where they have been provided with technical and business support services to refine their innovations. Based on the analysis of gaps and challenges encountered by green start-ups, NETFUND incubation model was designed to enhance the success of early stage start-ups by providing the necessary support during the pre-incubation, incubation and post incubation stages.


The diagram below shows the phases of NETFUND incubation programme.



Some of the key challenges that the model addresses include: inadequate technical support for prototyping, technology and product refinement; limited access to early stage financing for proof of concept, testing and piloting of business models; inadequate business management capacity for the innovators to enable them run the enterprises and set up key processes and structures; and low market penetration due to lack of information on existing local and international market opportunities and consumer needs.


Incubation services


Based on the above challenges, the incubation centre was designed around eight major services identified as being essential for successfully supporting green innovations to be sustainable companies.


The following diagram shows a summary of the key services offered under incubation:



Financing and market opportunities


During and after incubation, green enterprises that demonstrated potential for growth received seed capital in terms of grants, market and investor linkages to commercialize their products. To date about 54 projects have been supported through technical and business development to refine and scale their initiatives. Additionally, the incubation centre has organized annual investors’ forums and exhibitions to showcase the innovations to potential financiers, customers and strategic partners.  


The pie chart below shows forms of financial support that the innovators have received through the Incubation programme.






The programme has attracted partnerships from public, private and civil society sectors and has more than 21 partners. The portfolio of partners includes financing, implementing and sponsoring partners. The partners have supported various components of the programme leading to improved programme delivery and greater impact.


Key partners of the green innovations award programme






    Beneficiaries’ awards and recognition


    NETFUND participated in the University Business Incubator (UBI) 2017 Global Ranking. The UBI Global identifies and gives recognition to the best incubators and accelerators who then leverages the ranking to grow, gain funding and increase visibility. During the 2017 ranking, the NETFUND incubation programme was awarded the Top Challenger Award for Africa. This is in recognition of the impact and performance of the programme in comparison to its peers regionally. The award is a vindication of the hard work and diligence of NETFUND in delivering value to budding Kenyan entrepreneurs.


    Read more in the Beneficiaries’ Portal


    Access the GIA incubation videos, pictures and other media here




    2. AfDB Funded Project (ACCF)


    The project titled “Supporting the Implementation of Kenya’s National Green Economy Strategy through the development of Low Carbon Projects and Resource Mobilization’ is a climate readiness project being implemented with grants from African Climate Change Fund (ACCF) under the African Development Bank (AfDB) and co-funding from the Kenya government. The total grant of the ACCF project is US $631,693.45, comprising of US $550,603 from AfDB and equivalent of US $ 81,090.45 from the Government of Kenya.


    This project focuses on building the capacity of the Ministerial Resource Mobilization Committee (RMC) and development of investment-ready low carbon and climate resilient concept notes and project ideas that will be pitched to various climate change finance channels. The main outputs of this project are to have the capacity of the RMC built, nine (9) climate change project concept notes and three (3) large bankable project proposals developed and pitched to potential funders.


    Successful implementation of this project will build a highly competent and effective resource mobilization team that will sustainably ensure that the country benefits from available climate finance streams. Secondly, the climate change projects from this initiative are not only expected to contribute 20% of the country’s climate change funding needs, but also aid the attainment of the country’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) by reducing national carbon emission to 10.07 MtCO2e (25.04%) of the abatement potential within the forestry sector.


    Download the ACCF project proposal and progress reports here.


    Access the ACCF project videos, pictures and other media here