Strathmore University

2024 Ideas Festival





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Sustainability Solutions: Building the Next Generational Sustainability Leaders

About Us

The Strathmore University Ideas Festival has evolved as a testament to our commitment to fostering a culture of creativity and innovation at Strathmore University(SU). It serves as an inclusive platform for budding innovators from different fields to convene, irrespective of the developmental stage of their ideas, and offers a unique opportunity to interface with industry leaders. Our overarching goal is not just to catalyse innovation but to cultivate a community of young visionaries dedicated to leaving a positive mark on society.

In its third iteration, the SU Ideas Festival focuses on “Sustainability Solutions: Building the Next Generational Sustainability Leaders.” We recognize the vast scope of sustainability and have chosen to focus our efforts on specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are particularly relevant to the present socio-political climate in Sub-Saharan Africa. These goals include Goal 2: Zero Hunger, Goal 3: Good Health and Well-being, Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, and Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy. Participants are invited to present their innovative ideas on any of these topics in concise three to five-minute pitches. These showcasing innovations hold the potential to influence both scientific advancements and societal well-being positively.




There will be awards for the best pitch. A review team will be set up consisting of at least three active faculty researchers, leaders and innovators from the industry. This team will develop the evaluation rubric in collaboration with the Research and Innovation Department. Our rubrics are designed to provide a structured and objective framework for judging the innovation and entrepreneurship presentations at each phase of the competition. They encompass essential aspects of a successful startup.


At the heart of our festival lies a deep-seated belief in the power of mentorship and continuous learning. Through our Masterclasses, participants have the opportunity to delve deeper into their respective fields, gaining valuable insights from seasoned experts. By providing a platform for knowledge exchange and skill enhancement, we empower our community of innovators to transform their innovative ideas into tangible solutions that address real-world challenges.

Panel Discussions

Our panel discussions catalyze meaningful dialogue and collaboration. By bringing together diverse leaders, innovators, and thinkers, we create a space for insightful discussions on pressing global issues. Through these conversations, participants gain new perspectives and valuable insights that can inspire innovative solutions and drive positive change within their communities.

Flea Market

The Ideas Festival features a Flea Market that embodies the entrepreneurial spirit that is at the core of our community. Here, innovators and entrepreneurs have the opportunity to showcase their ventures and connect with potential customers.

Sip and Paint

Innovation is not confined to the realms of technology and science; it extends to all forms of creative expression. Our Sip and Paint initiative aims to stimulate creativity and foster a sense of community among young individuals. By providing a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere for artistic expression and socialising, we encourage participants to think outside the box and explore new avenues of innovation.


Promote entrepreneurship by encouraging students to develop innovative solutions to global sustainability challenges and supporting the commercialization of these solutions.


Frequently Asked Questions

To foster collaboration and innovation, all submissions MUST be made in a group of up to three members.

The Ideas Festival aims to promote interdisciplinary collaboration within Strathmore University, so we encourage applications from groups with members from different schools or departments within the university. Applications are open to staff, graduates, PhD students, Master’s students, or Bachelor’s students of Strathmore University.  Diverse interdisciplinary teams of 2-3 innovators working on projects under the following topics for social good are encouraged.

However, the panel will also accept applications from participants who’ve collaborated with other institutions.

Your ideas should align with the event theme:  “Sustainability Solutions: Building the Next Generational Sustainability Leaders.” We recognize the vast scope of sustainability and have chosen to focus our efforts on specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are particularly relevant to the present socio-political climate in Sub-Saharan Africa. Therefore we invite submissions on the following themes: 


We invite ideas that revolutionize healthcare delivery, promote accessibility and affordability of healthcare services, integrate cutting-edge technologies for health monitoring and management, and foster holistic approaches to well-being, ensuring sustainable health outcomes for all.


For this thematic area, the organizing team invites solutions that promote responsible water usage, harness innovative technologies for water conservation and purification, empower communities to manage water resources effectively, and address water scarcity challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa are highly encouraged.


Innovations that advance regenerative agricultural practices, promote soil health and biodiversity, optimize resource efficiency in food production and distribution, and foster resilient and equitable food systems are vital for ensuring long-term sustainability and food security.


We seek proposals that accelerate the transition to clean and renewable energy sources, enhance energy efficiency and conservation measures, mitigate the impacts of climate change through innovative adaptation strategies, and foster community resilience in the face of environmental challenges.

Your ideas should align with the event theme: ‘Caring for People and Planet: Innovation for a Sustainable Future.’ We invite you to explore the list of topics that fit your innovation or invention by scanning the QR code on the poster. Feel free to work on any inspiring idea within this theme.

Kindly note that the non-refundable presentation fees are as follows (per team):

1. Alumni – KES 7,500

2. Staff – KES 6,500

3. Current PHD Students – KES 6,500

4. Current Masters Students- KES 5,500

5. Undergraduate Students – KES 5,000



Business Number: 100219

Account Number: IDEAS FESTIVAL

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