Corporate Innovation Services

Over the years we have run a series of programs that have revolved around various thematic
areas. From accelerator programs designed to fast-track startups in their journey to
scale, training sessions to provide critical skills to the target groups to problems solving

Who we've worked with

Some Of Our Clients & Partners

What we do

Mettā Programs

Our program offerings are very extensive offering a comprehensive list of services and are designed to accelerate commercialisation, battle-test founders and their strategies. Companies

Bootcamps - 1-2 week program for startups or student teams to develop their ideas into
early prototypes. Bootcamps include mentoring with Nest teams and corporate representatives.

Ideation Workshops - Half-day workshop to identify areas of friction within the organization which can potentially be solved with startup technologies. Areas that have a high level of interest are around customer acquisition and journey. With the information at hand, Nest will translate the problem statement into public-facing themes.

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Hackathons – We also run hackathons, (design sprint-like events); often where we bring together experts from different fields to collaborate and solve a particular problem. The goal of a hackathon is to create a functioning prototype by the end of the event.

Design Sprints – Design Sprint is a five-day process for answering critical business questions through design, prototyping, and testing ideas with customers. It is useful when re-designing new processes and launching new products. Working together in a sprint, you can shortcut the endless debate cycle and compress months of time into a single week.

Instead of waiting to launch a minimal product to understand if an idea is any good, you’ll get clear data from a realistic prototype. The sprint gives you a superpower: You can fast-forward into the future to see your finished product and customer reactions, before making expensive commitments.

Social Accelerator Programs – 4-6 week program for social enterprises to improve commercial sustainability and scale their activities. Support includes mentoring by Nest and corporate representatives. A light touch accelerator focused on early-stage social enterprises.

Our Work

Past Programs


Visa Bootcamp

We work with corporates, startups and investors to create tangible commercial outcomes, helps expedite the pathway to commercialization, and attract quality deal flow with de-risked investments.

Design Thinking

What Design Can Do

Design platform What Design Can Do & Ikea Foundation launched the Clean Energy Challenge in 5 cities – São Paulo, Delhi, Nairobi, Mexico City and Amsterdam, calling on designers and creative entrepreneurs to rethink how we produce, distribute and use energy in metropolitan areas.


World Wildlife Foundation

A hackathon to run in partnership with WWF Panda Labs develop innovative solutions around conservation.

The program was aimed at identifying and connecting interested stakeholders, partners and existing prototypes/solutions that can enable smallholder farmers in the Lake Naivasha Basin earn their livelihood whilst being environmental stewards.

creative entrepreneurs

Fashion Product Lab

Run by Mettā in partnership with Hivos East Africa, the Fashion Product Lab program selects five fashion startups to go through an eight-week program, giving them the opportunity to engage with high-profile speakers, experts, mentors, and a global network of support.

Health Tech

Amref Innovate4Life

An initiative of Amref Health Africa’s Institute of Capacity Development (ICD) in conjunction with the Elsevier Foundation, Mettā Nairobi and Accenture Development Partnerships, the Innovate for Life program is centered on developing shared value partnerships between Amref Health Africa country offices and health innovators to support innovations from across Africa.

Get In Touch

If you would like to know more about our programs & how we can work together to develop a solution to a challenge you are facing, reach out to our Head of Business Development at

Head Of Business Development.

For any inquiries regarding our corporate innovation services, please reach out to Aidah Ng’ang’a – our Head of Business Development & Partnerships.