Establishing a Cli...

Establishing a Climate Innovation Center In Kenya

infoDev is now seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from organizations or consortiums interested in establishing and operating the Kenyan Climate Innovation Center

This request for expressions of interest is now closed. The Kenya CIC Fund Manager request for expressions of interest is located at:


infoDev (, a Global Partnership Program hosted by the World Bank, with support from DANIDA and UKAid  is launching a Climate Innovation Center (CIC) in Kenya. The Kenya CIC will provide a country-driven approach to climate change and directly support the government of Kenya’s objectives in the Greening Kenya Initiative.

As the first in a global network of CICs supported by infoDev’s Climate Technology Program, the Kenya CIC will be a high-visibility organization that will attract attention from international organizations, regional bodies, governments, investors, multi-national corporations, and others. Additional background information can be located on the infoDev Climate Technology Program webpage

Each CIC provides a range of services to enable domestic industry and SMEs to pro-actively and profitably develop innovative climate technology (cleantech) solutions that meet local needs. This supports countries’ economic development, job creation and industrial competitiveness in clean technologies, the most promising sectors of the 21st century.

Description of the Opportunity

infoDev is now seeking expressions of interest (EOI) from organizations or consortiums interested in establishing and operating the Kenya CIC.

The CIC will be designed and operated in accordance with the business plan already established for the Center through an extensive stakeholder engagement process. The business plan should be reviewed carefully before submitting an EOI and is available here. Bidders nonetheless are not bound to the specifics of this plan and infoDev is not obligated to launch a CIC in strict adherence to this plan.

A grant award of up to USD 5.0 million will be made to support the two phases of the CIC establishment, including Phase 1: Launch (years 1 to 2) and Phase 2: Scale-Up (years 3 to 5). This funding will cover operations, programs, and implementation.

The proposed services to be provided by the CIC include:

Advisory Services

  • Business training on entrepreneurship, capacity building for local firms and organizing events and seminars.
  • Offer specialized technical training including the use of equipment and manufacturing best practices.
  • Provide access to a technical assistance fund to support product development, venture creation and business development.

Proof of Concept Financing

  • Evaluate proposals and provide proof of concept grants (USD 25,000 – 100,000) to promising SMEs or researchers.
  • Act as a liaison for SMEs to the related risk capital Fund that will make a mix of debt and equity investments in early-stage Kenyan companies.
  • Facilitate other sources of financing through syndicating investors, building partnerships with banks for working capital and facilitating consumer finance.

Enabling Ecosystem

  • Work closely with the government and other stakeholders to develop policies that support clean technology adoption.
  • Coordinate and broker technology transfer and joint collaborative R&D, and international networking activities.
  • Raise the visibility of the CIC, CIC affiliated innovators, CIC brand name, and climate technology more generally.

Access to Information

  • Provide market information including market size and prices for various technologies, and the competitive landscape.
  • Facilitate access to technology information for entrepreneurs.
  • Develop and provide access to a database of financial information for use by entrepreneurs, funders and consumers.

Access to Facilities

  • Facilitate access to facilities that support rapid technology design, adaption, proto-typing, testing and manufacture including a CAD lab, 3D modeling machine and networking space.

Additionally, the CIC will be operationally linked (perhaps as a limited partner) to but not responsible for a related risk capital Fund that will invest in selected SMEs that may obtain services from the CIC. The risk capital Fund will be managed separately by an independent fund manager.

In addition to the Kenya-focused activities described above, the CIC will also be eligible for additional funding (approximately USD 1.3 million) to design and implement a network in East Africa to support climate innovation activities on a regional basis. This will include a mechanism to link CICs with other related institutions in East Africa, organizing international conferences and workshops to share best practice, producing analysis on climate technology innovation of interest to markets across the region and other activities that support SMEs and other actors that are developing innovative technologies and businesses that can address climate challenges across a number of countries in East Africa.

In the first five years, the CIC is expected to support more than 70 sustainable Kenya climate technology ventures and generate more than 4,000 direct and indirect jobs.

Submitting Expressions of Interest

infoDev now invites eligible organizations (e.g. firms, NGOs, universities, research institutes, government agencies) or consortiums to submit EOIs. The selected organization or consortium will be responsible for all aspects of the CIC establishment and operations including securing appropriate facilities, identifying a world-class management team, providing the services and programs described in the business plan, ensuring effective monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of programs, reporting to infoDev, and ensuring in all ways the long-term sustainability of the CIC.

A lead partner must be identified in the EOI and may need to become legally registered in Kenya, if not already registered there. Respondents are encouraged to consider partnerships with other organizations, inside and outside Kenya, in order to best provide the range of capabilities necessary to establish and operate the CIC.

Interested organizations or consortiums must provide information indicating that they are qualified to perform the services (description of similar assignments, brochures, experience in similar conditions, availability of appropriate skills among staff, etc.).  At this stage, important evaluation criteria include:

  • Capabilities to build and manage complex organizations, including strong internal governance frameworks and a track record of fiduciary responsibility and accountability.
  • Proven ability to attract and build a strong team of individuals for project implementation.
  • Understanding of the needs of climate technology SMEs in Kenya or similar contexts, including experience evaluating climate technologies and incubating early-stage businesses.
  • Strong local and international links with potential partners including climate technology firms, investors, technical and business experts, policy experts, and leading research and development organizations.
  • Ability to leverage existing and additional sources of funding, both cash and in-kind, such as space, equipment, and staff.
  • Ability to implement and maintain procurement and financial management processes and a comprehensive M&E strategy.

Based on responses to this request for EOI, a shortlist of applicants will be established and invited to submit a full technical and financial proposal based on a detailed request for proposals.

Questions and comments about this request for EOI can be posted at

To respond to this request for EOI, please send the above information and a covering letter by email to Michael Ehst,, with a copy to, no later than 11:59 pm EST on Monday October 24, 2011.

Please include "EOI Kenya Climate Innovation Center" in the subject line.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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