Metta, a community for entrepreneurs and innovators, officially opened its second flagship location today in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. The space aims to be at the center of East Africa's entrepreneurship space, offering a networking platform that supports founders and enables them to connect with leading ecosystem players both locally and internationally.
The inaugural club was launched in Hong Kong in May 2016, and the Nairobi space had a 'soft launch' two months ago. Metta's value proposition is to be a community-driven entrepreneurs’ club that connects people, ideas and resources. The platform, which was invested in and backed by Nest, is bringing startups, innovators, influencers, and companies from around the world closer together, supporting them on their path to success.
With the opening of Metta Nairobi, local entrepreneurs will gain direct access to Asia’s thriving startup economies, connecting them with investors and new business leads that provide opportunities to scale into new markets.
Similar to the Hong Kong space, Metta Nairobi will host regular events curated by its members to drive thought leadership and encourage collaboration on topics around business and innovation.
Events at Metta stir up purposeful conversations, great learning and connections across cities to relevant people. Since our soft opening two months ago we have hosted 66 live events, over 150 members signed up and over 2,000 people are part of our community. We look forward to supporting the growth of Kenya’s vibrant ecosystem and are excited about the prospect of giving talented founders access to opportunities across the continent and globally. Maurice Otieno, Head of Operations and Ecosystem Development at Metta
"Kenya is on the front lines of innovation and entrepreneurship", Ankit Sanghrajka from Tile & Carpet Centre added, "but despite the creative and driven talent in Nairobi, significant difficulties remain for entrepreneurs. Metta, an ecosystem for startups will make it possible for ideas to become a reality. Metta will attract the right startups and investors to grow our vibrant ecosystem."
Having a physical location complements Metta's digital-first platform, promoting meaningful connections on a global scale, in particular through ‘plugging in’ nascent innovation ecosystems to the global entrepreneurial grid.
Cover Photo courtesy of Metta Nairobi