Nairobi stew targets new ideas with grants

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Fed up by difficulties in accessing financing for small businesses, Nairobians themselves are giving life to brilliant ideas with grants over a bowl of stew.

A community dinner event is seeking to give life to ideas geared at improving society through entrepreneurship, technology, education and many others by issuing small grants.

The event which inculcates a night of crowdfunding, music, food and community action is inviting people with ideas but need funds to get them going and cannot get money from the bank or anywhere else.

It is also an opportunity for networking as participants mingle during the music and voting sessions. “Nairobi Stew is a community dinner funding micro-grants for community projects. It is built on the belief that Sh500, 4 pitches, stew and a vote is all you need to make incredible things happen in your community,” reads an ad on Eventbrite.

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Nairobi Stew is inspired by the soup movement, which began with Detroit Soup in 2010 and has spread around the world since.

How does it work?

For a suggested donation of KSh500 or more attendees receive a bowl of stew and a vote, and hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more.

Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and answer four questions from the audience. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most.

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At the end of the night, ballots are counted and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project. Winners will then come back to a future Stew dinner to report their project’s progress.

The venue is Connect Coffee along Riverside drive and the movement is sponsored by Impact Hub.

Would you like to pitch an idea? Apply to pitch by February 26th 2016.

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