Sam Gichuru is Founder & CEO of Nailab, one of Kenya’ s leading business incubators.
Nailab, recognized in the 2015 State of the Nation address by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, has incubated over 40 entrepreneurs since its inception in 2010 and some of its startups include: Kuhustle, Wezatele (Acquired by AFB), Kejahunt (2015 Vision 2030 ICT award winners), Paykind (500 Startups alumni), Cladlight, Sokotext (2015 Index awards finalists) and Eneza Education (Kenya’s fastest growing mobile learning company)
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. He has been a strong proponent on the value of Mentorship of young entrepreneurs viewing them as a critical interface between job creation and poverty eradication in emerging markets.
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), held in Nairobi and officiated by The President of The United States, Barack Obama.
Sam has been instrumental in propagating the set up of strong and vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem and its through this engagement that he was most recently selected by Jack Ma to lead, through Nailab, the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative, a $10M Initiative lead by Jack Ma foundation that seeks to discover, spotlight and support 10 African entrepreneurs every year for the next 10 years
Currently serving on the board of several startups, Sam 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).