September 19-20 2018


UON Chandaria Centre for Performing Arts


560 Tickets


24+ Professional Speakers

ABOUT SME Fest / Growing Together, SME For SME

SME Fest brings together a network consisting of key leaders and organizations in various sectors and thought leaders in the SME sector who aim to see the growth of intra-country and intra-Africa trade spearheaded by SMEs. SME Fest 2018, the third event edition, is special B2B trade platform that will convene over 500-curated attendees featuring business icons, investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers and industry leaders from various enterprises and institutions, both national and regional, in a 2-day Intra-African trade festival.

The curated group of 500 attendees will be gathering for two days of targeted business networking and growth opportunities. Exceptional speakers, business success experts, leading entrepreneurs, investors, media and the Africa’s most promising SMEs & startups will come together for this most trendsetting Intra-African business gathering.

Over 1000 business owners from over 10 countries have attended SME Fest since the inaugural event in 2016. Out of these, 67% said they would definitely recommend the event to friends and colleagues. 68% of business owners who attended the last event said they were extremely likely to attend future events. 80% SMEs who participated in our pre-event study are looking for business growth solutions, networking and ways to increase their sales

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SME Fest Case Studies / Select showcase Business

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SME Success Conference / dont forget it

SME Fest 2018

Event Activities

The motto of the SME Fest event is “Growing Together, SME for SME ”. The SME Fest 2018 covers: -
  • 2 Day SME Success Conference
  • 2 Business Workshops/Masterclasses
  • 2 Days of Business 
  • 2 Days of Business Networking and Matchmaking Sessions
  • 2 Days of SME Business Clinics
    • Big Four Agenda - Trade Facilitation Pavilion
    • Big Four Agenda - KEPSA/KAM/KAAA

Event Price list / perfect price for your pocket

Delegate Fee


2 Day event Pass
2 Days of Business Networking and Matchmaking Sessions
2 Days of SME Business Clinics featuring – Big Four
Beverages and Snacks

Business Networking Master Class


We all want to get the best out of our networking initiatives. We want to develop strong connections and cultivate relationships that will eventually culminate to mutually beneficial business relationships. But to arrive at this destination, we must do business networking the right way. 

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Event Speakers / meet with greaters

Dr. Muthoni Ngatia

CEO and Founder of OPENWORLD LTD


Head of KAM Consulting



Lucy Muchoki


Mr. Ken Njoroge(INVITED)

CEO Cellulant Ltd

Dr. Agnes Kalibata(INVITED)

President Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa


The Governor of Central Bank of Kenya

Mr. Arthur Muchangi (INVITED)

Ag. Director Retail & Business Banking Division, Co-Operative Bank Kenya

Mr. Lucas Meso (INVITED)

MBS,Managing Director, Agricultural Finance Corporation

Ms Lucy Lau Bigham

Tosheka Textiles CEO

Mr. Gudka Sachen

Chairman of KAM

Ms. Florence Kimata

SME Advisor Ministry of Industry,Trade and Cooperatives

Mr. James Mworia (INVITED)

Centum Investments

Dr. Chris Kiptoo (INVITED)

Principal Secretary International Trade Ministry of Industry, Trade and Co-operatives

Ms. Waturi Matu (INVITED)

TradeMark East Africa

Mr. Peter Wakaba

Business Editor KTN

Dr. Julius Muia(INVITED)

EBS, PS Planning

Mr. Sam Chappatte (INVITED)

Managing Director Jumia

Mr. Vimal Shah (INVITED)

Chairman Bidco Africa

Ms. Anne Mutahi (INVITED)

SME Advisor,Office of the President

Ms. Grace Ndungu (INVITED)

Strathmore Business School

Ms. Ann Mwangi

Founder Meved Dairy Farm

Ms. Alice Migwi

Managing Director Migwi Farm

Mr. Joseph Ngetich (INVITED)

Agriculture and Food Authority

Mr. H.B. Okeyo (INVITED)

Ministry of Industrialization Director Vision 2030

Mr. Parmain ole Narikae (INVITED)

Managing Director Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE)

Dr. Christie Peacock (INVITED)

Founder and Executive Chairman of Sidai Africa Ltd

Ms. Chebet Mutai

Creative Director Wazawazi

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Event FAQS / find your answers

This is 3rd Edition

Venue; University of Nairobi, UoN Tower, Chandaria Performing Arts Hall

Dates: 19th – 20th September 2018

Time: 8.00AM: 5.00PM

Cost: KES 2,500 and KES 50,000+VAT for Exhibition

SME Fest tickets are currently available at Mookh. The delegate ticket offers
2 Day event pass to conference Access to Exhibition
Business Networking Beverages and Snacks
Bookings are confirmed upon receipt of payment or LPO.

Payments can be done by: * Cheques are payable to SME Fest Africa or * MPESA: Pay Bill: 247247, Account: 0260270630944 Amount: 58,000 (VAT Inclusive) * Bank Transfer: Bank: Equity Bank, Account: 0260270630944 Amount: 58,000 (VAT Inclusive)

Recent happenings / get news!

Kenya seeks policy to protect subcontractors

The government is developing a policy framework to ensure fair transactions between large companies and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the manufacturing industry to shield smaller players from exploitation. The Ministry for Industrialisation, Trade And Cooperatives is developing a subcontracting

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