Innovating around sexual reproductive health? We are looking for you!

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Learn the difference, be the difference.

  • OurMajorPartners

  • Harambee
  • UK Aid
  • Nailab


Breakout session: SRH-R Innovations designed for young people by young people.

An highly interactive and creative session facilitated by UNFPA and Nailab at which participants will co-create as team solutions for SRH-R challenges faced by young people in their daily lives.

The session will be inspired by the IAM Innovation Accelerator. The I.AM innovation accelerator was launched by UNFPA in Kenya on June 13th 2016 together with Nailab, a technology driven business incubator, as part of a regional UNFPA SRH-R programme funded by UKAID.

In Kenya, the initiative has been developed with the support of the National Council for Population and Development (NCPD) and the Ministry of Health to ensure alignment with national priorities and further contribute to the realization of Vision 2030.

The iAccelerator is a mentorship driven acceleration program supporting young entrepreneurs with seed funding, training and skills development. Aiming to generate innovative solutions in response to challenges related to sexual and reproductive health, sexuality education, family planning, maternal health and other development issues in line with UNFPA's mandate.

About the iAccelerator

The I.AM campaign calls on young people to realize their desire to talk about; learn and understand their sexuality and sexual reproductive health by engaging with the right sources of information in a safe and un-stigmatized environment.

From June till August, the I.AM campaign challenges young innovators and entrepreneurs to submit their ideas on solutions that address access to information and services on sexual reproductive health for the youth. By adopting the clarion call I.AM, the youth personally declare that they stand to be different through boldness, mindset transformation and empowerment.

UNFPA- Nailab accelerator program is a 3 months program running from September through to November as follow-up to the I.AM campaign. The programme will support 4 enterprises with innovative ideas on how to enhance access to sexual and reproductive health Information and services for the youth. The program will entail: Training, Mentoring, Seed Funding, Scaling.

Our Timeline

  • Applications Open

    June 13

  • Applications Close

    July 26

  • Judging Completed

    July 29

  • Final Pitching

    August 4

  • Program Begins

    August 8

  • Demo Day

    November 30

Our Startups



Nairobi, Kenya

Our Solution

A mobile Game that seeks to combine fun and learning by bringing to life the theories learnt on sexuality and sexual reproductive health thereby helping a young person deduce, react and decide on situations through gamification.

Sophie Bot

Nairobi, Kenya

Our Solution

Sophie is an intelligent system that is fed with verified information on sexuality and sexual reproductive health and relays the information to its users through conversations that are driven by text or voice chats. Her features include anonymous forums and digital chat bots built in on the app, Facebook, Telegram, Messenger and Twitter.


My V-Health

Nairobi, Kenya

Our Solution

Is a vaginal wellness kit, synchronized with a mobiles app that tests for vaginal PH levels. The Kit consists of a pH tester strip and a pH chart. The pH test strip is placed on the inside of the vaginal wall and reacts to its pH level. The strip is then scanned using the phone application and system auto- matches the readings with pre-fed PH color readings. In case of abnormal readings it provides information about the likely causes, possible solutions and where need be connects the user with a gynecologist.

Contraceptive SOS

Nairobi, Kenya

Our Solution

Is the "Uber" for condoms, pregnancy kits and contraceptives delivery for campus and college students.

Smart Sex

Nairobi, Kenya

Our Solution

Smart Sex is an online sexual health improvement and responsibility social enterprise that focuses on the attitudes, beliefs and behaviors that influence sexual health outcomes, whose aim is to reduce sexual health problems. This is done through the provision of initial diagnosis STI home testing kit with treatment options.



Nairobi, Kenya

Our Solution

Marie is an interative game quiz based engine that contains a broad knowledge base of information about sexual reproductive health. Marie can also be able to answer any questions that the user may have on issues related to sexual reproductive health



Nairobi, Kenya

Our Solution

An online system that aggregates services and products by sexual health providers ranging from pharmacies, chemists, VCT, emergency providers and family planning centers.


Imara TV

Nairobi, Kenya

Our Solution

An online system that crowd sources and curates youth generated video content on human development, sexuality and identity and whose content is peer educators accredited.


Deaf Elimu Plus Limited

Nairobi, Kenya

Our Solution

A web and mobiles based application that will enable Deaf youth users to search for specific SRH information/words in Kenyan Sign Language (KSL) and to observe KSL stories and explanations about SRH through video content. It will also incorporate a gaming and quiz aspect to the videos.


Ask without shame

Nairobi, Kenya

Our Solution

Ask Without Shame is a mobile App, Instant Message service, and USSD number for voice calls, which is providing sex education and debunking myths and serves as an interactive platform to share concerns and pose questions to medical specialists anonymously and confidentially. It is educating the youth about sexual topics and answers their questions. The application currently has almost 10,000 questions answered since launch in December 2015.


Our Mentors

  • Dr. Amit N. Thakker
    Dr. Amit N. Thakker

    Kenya Healthcare Federation Chairman

    Founder of Avenue Healthcare, which is a leading primary healthcare provider in Kenya, Amit has been awarded a winner of the best Kenyan entrepreneur in 1999 by Rotary International.

    With over 20 years of experience in operations, change management and business networking coupled with successes in challenging economies and cultural contexts, Amit has successfully spearheaded the establishment of medical and primary health organisations in various developing countries including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya.

    He holds a Medical Degree from University of Nairobi, an eMBA from NIA in India and has completed Health Leadership training from George Washington University, USA.

  • Dr Njeri Mwaura
    Dr. Njeri Mwaura

    World Bank Group Programme Lead, Health in Africa Initiative

    Dr. Mwaura has spearheaded and or collaborated on multiple high impact projects which impact on healthcare coverage and delivery. Her key achievements include development of the Kenya Health Bill and advancing the UHC agenda in Kenya.

    She was a programme manager at African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF). She has also worked at the Ministry of health in Kenya, in the sector monitoring and planning department at national level and as a District Medical Officer of Health.

    She holds a medical degree from Makerere University, Kampala Uganda and a postgraduate diploma and masters of Science in Public health from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - University of London.

  • Joram Mwinamo
    Joram Mwinamo

    Wylde Consulting Managing Partner

    Joram Mwinamo is the captain of Wylde International team. He is a very innovative manager, top at his field of expertise with specialties in Organisation development, Business Strategy development and Implementation, Leadership Development, Entrepreneurship Development and Organisation Culture.

    He has spent the last 10 years working with Kenyan entrepreneurs to help develop their organizations into companies that can run independently. Joram is a writer and blogger at where he seeks to inspire entrepreneurs and business people towards doing business with integrity and to be engaged in the society and be change agents.

  • Sam Gichuru
    Sam Gichuru

    Nailab Accelerator Founder/Director

    Sam served as Vice-chair of the technical team that put together the first ever Kenya National Innovation forum whose result was the establishment of Enterprise Kenya- Kenya’s trade entity for innovations.

    Mr. Gichuru’s contribution in establishing the startup business ecosystem in Kenya, through Nailab, has been significant and as a result he was invited as a key speaker during the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).

    Sam currently serves on the board of several startups and is also an angel investor. He is also serving as a board member of AKVO, Nailab and KITOS (Kenya’s IT and outsourcing Services Body)

  • Dr. Eddine Sarroukh
    Dr. Eddine Sarroukh

    Philips Research Africa Head

    Mr. Sarroukh has been working at Philips as scientist and inventor since 2001. He has published several papers and holds numerous patents. His most recent innovations are the LifeLight consumer solar lighting products and the Philips Community Life Center.

    Mr. Sarroukh, born in Morocco, has a PhD in Signal Processing and Applied Mathematics.

    "With its talents, Africa has the potential to create breakthrough innovations to improve access to healthcare and improve the quality of care. Together with our ecosystem we are in a unique position to fundamentally change and improve the lives of Africans and beyond."

  • Adam Lane
    Adam Lane

    Huwaei HQDirector of Sustainability Programs

    As Director of Sustainability Programs for Huawei globally, Adam is leading a new initiative to use ICT to improve health, with a pilot project recently launched in Kenya.

    Adam is highly engaged in the global "ICT for development" community and several international initiatives. Previously, while at BSR, he consulted on and implemented multiple corporate-NGO partnership initiatives in China as well as projects related to sustainable finance, access to health and access to ICT.

    Adam developed his passion, interest and initial experience leading various AIESEC programs in the UK and China including CSR training programs for students and launching Plan International's corporate partnerships function in China. He has also been a Board member of the Foundation for Youth Social Entrepreneurship.

  • Benjamin Makai
    Benjamin Makai

    SafaricomSocial Innovation Unit Lead

    Benjamin leads the Social innovation unit, which works with like-minded organizations to form partnerships aimed at identifying issues and finding solutions in areas such as Health, Agriculture, Education and Disaster Management.

    He is responsible for building and maintaining winning partnerships with ecosystem industry stakeholders.

    He has a BSc. Computer Science from Egerton University, various developing Leadership capabilities training from Strathmore Business School and recently awarded Certificate of completion for the Rethinking Financial inclusion Program from Harvard Business School.

  • Philip Ogola
    Philip Ogola

    DigiWave Founder

    Philip was the brains behind the #iVolunteer Campaign which led to the monumental success for Kenya Red Cross on social media.

    In 2014 he was nominated Africa Social Media Ambassador by the Social Media Week in Lagos Nigeria.

    Philip has trained 15 United Nations agencies in Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Geneva on communication and new emerging trends. He consulted for UNFPA Kenya where he championed the End Maternal Deaths campaign commissioned by First Lady. He also consulted for UNHCR Kenya for two years and trained Kenya Staff to implement social media strategy.

  • Farouk Shamas Jiwa
    Farouk Shamas Jiwa

    Merck Sharp and Dohme Director, Public Policy and Corporate Responsibility

    Mr. Jiwa leads public policy efforts and partnerships with stakeholders across the Sub-Sahara African region to advance MSD's access to health and pharmaceutical policy initiatives. He also oversees MSD's corporate responsibility efforts across the continent to ensure effective implementation and achieve desired results.

    Prior to joining MSD, Mr. Jiwa's experience spanned organisations from the public-private partnership, non-profit, and public sectors.

    He received his Master of Science (S.M.) and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degrees from Harvard and Cambridge universities, respectively, and completed his undergraduate education at McGill University.

Our Judging Panel

  • Andia Chakava
    Andia Chakava

    Andia Laura Chakava is currently an independent investment professional with over 14 years experience. Is passionate about facilitating both foreign and intra Africa investment in the continent, increasing financial literacy through investor education and promoting gender lens investing.

    She has been instrumental in the set up of two fund management companies from scratch in Kenya. She is a cofounder and former Managing Director of Alpha Africa Asset Managers, registered in Kenya, Rwanda and Mauritius which engages in fund management and investment advisory activities

  • Dr. Amit N. Thakker
    Dr. Amit N. Thakker

    Founder of Avenue Healthcare, which is a leading primary healthcare provider in Kenya, Amit has been awarded a winner of the best Kenyan entrepreneur in 1999 by Rotary International.

    With over 20 years of experience in operations, change management and business networking coupled with successes in challenging economies and cultural contexts, Amit has successfully spearheaded the establishment of medical and primary health organisations in various developing countries including Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Nigeria, Tanzania and Kenya.

    He holds a Medical Degree from University of Nairobi, an eMBA from NIA in India and has completed Health Leadership training from George Washington University, USA.

  • Siddharth Chatterjee
    Siddharth Chatterjee

    Siddharth Chatterjee "Sid" is the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator a.i for Kenya as well as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative. Before coming to Kenya, he was Chief Diplomat and Head of Strategic Partnerships and Resource Mobilization at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) based in Geneva since June 2011.

    Prior to IFRC, he has served in the UN since January 1997. Most of his career has been spent working in fragile states and complex emergencies. He has held various leadership positions in the United Nations, served as Regional Director at UNOPS and Chief of Staff at the UN Mission in Iraq. He writes extensively on humanitarian and development issues and has a blog in Reuters and Huffington Post. He was also a key note speaker at a TED x event in Spain.

  • Prof. Dr. Marleen Temmerman
    Prof. Marleen Temmerman

    Prof Dr. Marleen Temmerman is Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Aga Khan University (AKU) Hospital Nairobi, and Director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health AKU -East-Africa. For the last 3 years she was the Director of the Department of Reproductive Health and Research (RHR) at the World Health Organization (WHO), in Geneva.

    She is a full Professor OB/GYN at the Ghent University in Belgium. As an obstetrician she supervised over 18,000 births in many parts of the world. She is one of the penholders of the UN Global Strategy for Women's, Children and Adolescents' Health 2016-2030, launched by the UNSG and partners in September 2015, transitioning from the MDGs to the SDGs.

Our Partners

  • Partner NCPD
  • Partner KHF
  • Partner Philips
  • Partner Xpose
  • Safaricom Ltd
  • Kuhustle, Inc
  • MSD