Techno City CEO encourages TU-K students to innovate and venture into startups
Konza Techno City boss has challenged university graduates and continuing students to come up with innovative projects particularly on technology-driven ventures indicating the city is best placed to incubate and grow ideas to solve local and international challenges.
Speaking during an open lecture at Technical University of Kenya’s Main hall, Konza CEO Eng. John Tanui said the city will be Africa’s biggest Technology domain in terms of modern technology and facilities.
“There is a huge need to bring in both the academia and students with fresh minds and ideas from local universities to assist in areas of Research, Science and Technology, these fresh ideas can easily be transformed into serious business solutions and start ups,” said Eng. Tanui.
The project is expected to cost an estimated 500 Billion dollars and will cover 5,000 hectares of land. According to Eng. Tanui, construction of the mega city will be done in four phases. The project is currently in its first phase.
Eng. Tanui who previously served as TU-K Vice chairman indicated that Konza City Management is in talks with TU-K to come up with a memorandum that will see university graduates and ongoing students get work and internship opportunities in the ongoing construction.
“Over 17, OOO workforce will be required in the construction of the city, we will offer 400 training opportunities to University students in the Engineering and Technology fields every year,” Said Eng. Tanui.
“Several multinational companies have since acquired space at the city ground and are expected to put up their companies. This will open up wider market opportunities since they will be selling their products and services locally and internationally. Konza city will boost Kenya’s economy and create jobs”. Added the CEO.
Once complete, the city is envisaged to accommodate a population of 200,000 which will include; office blocks, banks, data centers recreational grounds, mega shopping malls, first class hotels, swimming pools, schools, housing, a research university, among others.