Intellectual Property In Technological Innovations : Perceptions From Tech Startups In Kenyan ICT Hubs

Authors

Hilda Moraa, iHub Research (hilda@ihub.co.ke)

Kelvin Murage, iHub Research (kelvin@ihub.co.ke)

Rhoda Omenya, iHub Research (rhoda@ihub.co.ke)

 

Abstract:
ICT Hubs act as a meeting place for technology entrepreneurs where new ideas are discussed and inventions built. In such dynamic spaces, Intellectual Property (IP) could either protect young, nascent ideas or stifle innovation and collaboration. In order to better understand how tech startups working out of ICT Hubs view IP in their technological innovations; iHub Research conducted an exploratory research with 15 tech startups. Read more

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