The ​​​Innovation Centre​​​

In an age of the digital disruption in which the traditional advertising model has been undermined, media organizations-both global and local—are in dire need of new business models to temper the decline in revenues and audiences.

Innovation is a crucial tool in enabling newsrooms and news media organizations can re-invent themselves to remain relevant to an audience that is spoilt for choice with a wide array of new sources online. 

This calls for experimentation, testing and tinkering with new forms of storytelling –and business models—particularly amongst younger journalism practitioners who are keen on leveraging on the opportunities of technology and the Internet.

The Innovation Centre – Aga Khan University supports next generation of media entrepreneurs who are working on unique start-ups within the media industry and tinkering with exciting forms of storytelling. We support them through training, mentorship, coaching and start up grants of up to $20,000 to help them transform their ideas into the next big thing. ​

We also play host to a wide range of events such as Fireside Chats in which we invite eminent persons to share their vision for the future of journalism in East Africa.  We also host monthly expert chats with various specialists drawn from the media industry to share their knowledge and expertise. 

The Innovation Centre is fully funded by the German Development Bank (KfW Entwicklungsbank) within the context of Futures Project. The key objective of the Futures Project is to strengthen the long-term viability of quality media in East Africa, making a demonstrable contribution to the quality of and access to media in East Africa. 

We are based in Nairobi, Kenya.