OUR
HISTORY

Gearbox is a non-profit space around which a supportive ecosystem for hardware entrepreneurs is provided so as to create a pipeline of hardware-based businesses.

HOUSE OF MACHINES

The ultimate projected capacity of Gearbox is to house a collection of machines for design and prototyping of all classes of materials, from metals to wood, plastics to electronics, concrete and ceramics, and more. The facilities are accessed by a wide variety of users including individual engineers and “makers”, SMEs and even established multinationals.

IDEA OF GEARBOX

In the course of Dr Kamau’s teaching at the University of Nairobi, our ED routinely witnessed students and faculty with impressive ideas, which rarely see the light of day due to the lack of connections between them and the market place. The purpose of the Science and Technology Park at the University was to provide this ecosystem, but due to the slow pace of development he decided to set up Gearbox to achieve the same goal.

THE NEED

The ultimate projected capacity of Gearbox is to house a collection of machines for design and prototyping of all classes of materials, from metals to wood, plastics to electronics, concrete and ceramics, and more. The facilities are accessed by a wide variety of users including individual engineers and “makers”, SMEs and even established multinationals.

THE SOLUTION

Gearbox has placed a collection of tools that are typically inaccessible to most innovators in our engineering space. The users pay a membership fee, much like they would in a gym, to access these machines. Those that are further along with their development can also sublet space from us in an incubator mode. We also offer course on technologies associated with the 4IR through Gearbox Academy using adaptive learning methodologies, which allow students to engage in a flexible way.