Drivers and Modalities of Collaborative Innovation among Nairobi’s Mobile Tech Start-ups

Nzomo, Victor
Mwangi, Jacquelene
Matu-Mureithi, Louisa
Muchiri, Caroline Wanjiru
Rutenberg, Isaac
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This article sets out findings from research into the collaborative modalities present in the innovation practices of mobile tech start-ups in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Drawing on findings from qualitative data collection from respondents at 25 startups in the Nairobi mobile tech ecosystem, the study explores the start-ups’ participation in tech hubs, their internal collaborative activities, their external collaborations, their approaches to managing the knowledge and innovations they generate, and their approaches to the scaling of their enterprises. The study finds that three key drivers of the start-ups’ collaborative innovation practices are openness, networking, and informality.
Nzomo, V., Mwangi, J., Matu-Mureithi, L., Muchiri, C. W., & Rutenberg, I. (2020). Drivers and modalities of collaborative innovation among Nairobi’s mobile tech startups. The African Journal of Information and Communication (AJIC), 26, 1-24.