Sam Gichuru

Sam Gichuru is the founder and CEO of Nailab, one of Kenya’ s leading business incubators. Sam is also co-founder at, an online platform that offers access to digital jobs with a focus on African talent. Nailab, which was recognised in the 2015 State of the Nation address by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta, has incubated over 40 entrepreneurs since its inception in 2010. Sam served as vice-chair of the technical team that put together the first ever Kenya National Innovation forum whose result was the establishment of Enterprise Kenya - Kenya’s trade entity for innovations. He has been a strong proponent of the value of mentorship for young entrepreneurs, viewing them as a critical interface between job creation and poverty eradication in emerging markets. Sam currently serves on the board of several startups and is also an angel investor.