A Center for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship



Regional Transformation

Tsavo Innovation Labs is a Center of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship that contributes towards research, innovation and opportunity with a goal of reducing poverty, marginalization and loss of human dignity. We seek to contribute to the systemic social transformation of the East African Region

We further seek opportunities and collaborative measures to empower social entrepreneurs across the region to be radical and constructive change makers.

We encourage them to challenge the status quo so as to improve the standard of living in the societies in which they live



What We Do.


Incubation & Acceleration

We support our social entrepreneurs with services, knowledge and networks to ensure they build and operate sustainable and impactful businesses



We draw on the current body of knowledge and seek to contribute towards the growing body of knowledge in the area of Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Project Design & Management

We aspire to deliver initiatives effectively, efficiently and above all ensure that the intended benefits accrue to the stakeholders


Capacity Development

We run several entrepreneurship and leadership academies to help those with immense belief in their capabilities begin their journey to becoming the leaders that East Africa needs



We work with partners and academic institutions to carry out Social Impact Assessments. We seek to ensure that sufficient social considerations are included in any initiatives and that they are structured in a way that the intended social benefits are delivered to the society in a speedy manner



We aim to be thought leaders in the social innovation field within East Africa. We constantly seek to draw on resources, networks, knowledge and ideas around us to bring to the front creative ways to bring about systemic social transformation


Who We Are

2016 KENYA

Micah Nyawade Shako,MBA

Chief Executive Officer

A growth focused and result oriented leader with over 10 years’ experience in setting up, managing and supporting best in-class technology operations to support business growth in the Sub Saharan Africa region. As the founder of Tsavo Innovation Labs, Micah is keen to drive systemic social transformation across the East African region. Micah holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and an Masters in Business Administration in Social Innovation, Strategy and Leadership from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business where he was a Bertha Scholar. Micah oversees the implementation of the overall strategic vision of the organization.

2016 KENYA

Anthony Karanja Kabiru

Programs Director

Anthony has over 6 years’ experience in Program development, Programme and fund management, mentoring and working with the youth in matters of Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Sports and Education. He holds a Bachelor of Social Work and is currently pursuing his Masters of Public Policy and Administration at the Kenyatta University. Anthony oversees the structural development of our programs and oversees their delivery.

2016 KENYA

Joy Muuo Munyao


A passionate proponent of Social Entrepreneurship, Joy brings her supply chain expertise into Tsavo managing the efficiency of the delivery of services and partnerships across the region. She is currently driving the East African leg of the Global Social Venture Competition. She holds a Bachelor of Purchasing and Supplies Management from Taita Taveta University.


Francois Bonicci

Founding Director:
Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Originally trained as a medical doctor (Cape Town), read for a MPH (London) & MBA (Oxford), resulting in a career spanning 17 years in public sector, humanitarian, development programmes as a public health physician in several African countries; and later with foundations, multilateral institutions, including a decade in social innovation & innovative finance in Europe, Middle East and Africa.

Became founding Director of the Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business. Established in partnership with the Bertha Foundation (working with inspiring leaders who are catalysts for social and economic change, the Bertha Centre has become the leading academic centre in Africa dedicated to uncovering, pioneering, connecting and advancing social innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa.

Worked with over 300 innovative models in education, health, energy and other social impact fields; convened over 5,000 practitioners across sectors; and awarded over 40 scholarships to African students, training hundreds more next generation leaders. Social innovation is now integrated into the core MBA curriculum in 2016, with a dedicated campus opening in Philippi township, creating a unique business school that is putting social impact and innovation at the heart of its work.

2016 KENYA

Dr.Julius Muia

Director General:
Vision 2030

Dr. Muia holds a PhD in Finance; Master of Business Administration degree and Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Nairobi. He is a Certified Public Accountant - CPA (K); Certified Public Secretary-CPS (K); Associate, Kenya Institute of Bankers and Associate, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Dr. Muia is the Director – General Vision 2030 Secretariat, Vision 2030 is the national long-term development policy that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment. Prior to this appointment he was the Secretary, National Economic and Social Council (NESC), a top advisory think tank to the Government of Kenya that facilitated the preparation of Vision 2030. He is also the Chairman of ChildFund Kenya. Prior to joining the public service in 2008 he served in various capacities in the private sector in the UK and Kenya rising to Group Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer. In 2011, his contributions to Kenya’s development were recognized through a Presidential award of Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS).


""Tsavorite" is a variety of the garnet group. It is named in honor of Tsavo East National Park in Kenya. Tsavorites are our social entrepreneurs that we identify annually and consider to be gems of social innovation and entrepreneurship with the potential of positively impacting their societies. We are pleased to introduce our 2016 cohort.

2016 Embu, Kenya

Eva Mwai

Founder, Kwangu Villages

Eva is passionate about the plight of widows who globally are the biggest victims of the sin of omission. There are around 1.4 million widows in Kenya, which makes up for around 11% of all marriage age women. Eva through Kwangu Villages is providing affordable housing for widows across the country through an affordable micro financing arrangement.

2016 Taveta, Kenya

Didas Mzirai

Founder, Mucho Mangoes

Growing up in the Mango producing border town of Taveta, Didas spent his school holidays working in the Mango farms to make ends meet. Having experienced the post-harvest losses incurred by the farmers, Didas decided to start Mucho Mangoes. Mucho Mangoes is a social enterprise that looks to improve the income and quality of life levels of Mango farmers across the region by helping farmers with better farming methods, mango value addition and locating ready markets for their produce

2016 Voi, Kenya

Triza Ngele

Founder, Eurania Creations

Triza is passionate about fashion and environmental conservation, challenged by the state plastic pollution of her hometown and the region she decided to turn the waste into beauty. Triza’s Eurania creations designs beautiful ladies accessories from waste rubber and plastic. Her products include fashionable hand bags, clutch bags, and dresses among other fashionable design items.

2016 Laikipia, Kenya

Eliud Gilisho


Growing up in the conservancy region of Nanyuki, Eliud is passionate about wildlife conservation. He has come up with an invention that detects any style of weapon within a radius of 500 meters. Placed in and around wild life environs the system upon detection sends the picture of the person with weapon, the type of weapon and the distance to security services. He hopes to get the devices installed in as many conservancies and national parks as possible.

2016 Gulu, Uganda

Sr. Jane Ngamita

Founder, Paradise of Love Center

Sr. Jane was moved by the ravaging effects of the conflict in Northern Uganda, the conflict left many former women and child soldiers with terminal diseases. She decided to start the Paradise of Love Psycho – spiritual counselling center. Utilizing her qualifications in counselling Sr. Jane is developing a model that utilizes psycho – spiritual counseling and traditional nutrition to manage terminal illnesses.

2016 KENYA

Eva Mwai

Founder Kwangu

“Tsavo Innovation Lab helped me to develop my business idea into one that people believe in.  The team turned my dream into reality.”

2016 KENYA

Didas Mzirai

Founder Mucho Mangoes

“It’s difficult to quantify the Value of Micah Shako and the Tsavo Innovation Lab. He is a fantastic trainer, really receptive and tries as much as possible to understand your concept. They combine passion and management experience to change lives, through entrepreneurship!.”

2016 KENYA

Ms. Ngele

UC Founder

"It's been amazing being taken step by step from the stages of conceptualization to the point of realising my ideas could actual work and ultimately be fruitful"


As Captured


Where We'll Be


A 3day intensive training on social entrepreneurship and business modelling


REG. FEE: KSH 5,000. STUDENT RATE: KSH 2,500 .

DATE: 16TH - 18TH NOV / 2016.


Our Coverage

Kenya should unlock talent in counties

By Micah SHAKO.


Nairobi has been touted in several forums as Africa’s Silicon Savannah, one of the central hubs for innovation and entrepreneurship. This has brought an increased interest in the Kenyan entrepreneurial ecosystem, best evidenced by the city’s hosting of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit last year.


Bonds the answer to financing gaps

By Micah SHAKO.


Social innovation, according to Stanford University’s centre for social innovation, is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just.
More importantly, the value created should accrue directly to the society.



Answers To Your Questions

Social innovation, according to Stanford University’s center for Social innovation, is a novel solution to a social problem that is more effective, efficient, sustainable, or just than the current solution. More importantly, the value created should accrue directly to the society

According to the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship refers to the practice of combining innovation, resourcefulness, and opportunity to address critical social and environmental challenges. Social entrepreneurs focus on transforming systems and practices that are the root causes of poverty, marginalization, environmental deterioration, and the accompanying loss of human dignity.

Simply forwad us your proposal detailing your background , concept, timelines and projections regarding your social innovation. Use the contacts availed on this website. Meanwhile we have a regional focus on East Africa and therefore applicants from within stand a better chance.

Once we approve the viability of your project, we get to absorb and incubate you for a period of one year. However this is sebject to changes depending on the class of your innovations

our primary focus is on offering entrepreneurship trainings and programs for the "TSAVORITES". However on special cases we collaboratively seek funds to ensure that the very viable and sustainable projects are actualized.


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MCK Building Muthangari Road,
P. O .Box 142- 00502, Nairobi, Kenya


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