Kenya’s Nairobi Garage, METTĀ partner to bolster local business
Kenya’s leading co-working space Nairobi Garage and entrepreneurial club METTĀ have combined their services to create what they claim is the country’s largest innovation community.
The newly created offering will provide flexible access to workspaces, networks and the new digital event series.
The companies say African businesses are facing a disrupted marketplace due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with day-to-day operations and the economic outlook for businesses of all sizes feeling the impact.
As a result, there is a renewed demand for flexible work space arrangements, allowing companies to remain responsive to the market and keep their teams productive without tying up much-needed working capital.
Nairobi Garage is home to over 150 companies across its four premises, as well as offering a range of add-on business development, collaboration, and networking opportunities.
METTĀ is a club for the entrepreneurial community to connect, share knowledge and bring ideas to life. With 370 members in Nairobi, and over 15,000 members in its digital community, METTĀ offers a range of events, workshops and corporate innovation programmes.
In a statement released to the media, the companies explain that by joining forces, members will have access to both organisations’ workspaces throughout Nairobi - with drop-in and private office options available in Westlands, Riverside Drive, Karen and Kilimani -, as well as to all the complimentary business support services provided across the two communities.
“All members will benefit from exclusive corporate collaborations and partnerships - such as discounts, programmes, and first dibs on funding and training opportunities.”
The organisations have also combined their entrepreneurship events and will launch an online event series offering thought leadership, innovation and practical business advice. The series involves six monthly events, including panel discussions, networking e-meetups, and podcasts.
“We are confident in the resilience and capacity of Kenyan entrepreneurs to come back from this pandemic stronger than ever. We want to support them in doing just that, and this merging of forces is a demonstration of our belief in the strength of both our communities. It’s of utmost importance that innovation in business continues to be a priority, and we’re here to facilitate that process for the country’s top entrepreneurs,” says Hannah Clifford, director of Nairobi Garage.
Esther Mwikali, general manager of METTĀ, says: “We have always believed that “Innovation doesn’t happen in isolation”. Outstanding innovation breakthroughs occur when the right people collaborate, to spark commercialisation and scale. This partnership is a true testament to our vision, as we are taking our own advice and leading by example - the value we offer our customers and the community at large through this is greatly increasing.”
With the business landscape plagued by so many uncertainties in the COVID-era, Nairobi Garage and METTĀ want to provide a sturdy, strong foundation for businesses in Kenya to thrive. By combining their two trusted names, members can have the most complete support available to weather the current storm.