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CommonwealthFirst is CWEIC's flagship initiative to help SME’s trade and invest across the Commonwealth.

Over three years, 100 leading UK SMEs have been selected to become CommonwealthFirst Export Champions. Export Champions are provided with unique access and support in their quest to win new business in the fast growing Commonwealth markets. Their success will be showcased as an encouragement to the wider UK business community.

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Kano make computer kits that anyone, of any age can put together. Developed with the help of hundreds of young people, artists, engineers, and teachers, Kano’s mission is to give young people – and the young at heart – a simple, fun way to make and play with technology, and take control of the world around them.

Kano is focused on bringing a creative approach to computing and coding education. Their first product was the Kano Computer Kit, a computer that anyone, from 6yrs old and up, can build and code themselves. Since their launch in October 2014 Kano have distributed over 70,000 kits to 86 countries around the world. The product is also being used in hundreds of schools across the US, UK, EU, Asia and even parts of Africa.

The current kit now comes with 10 plug-and-play components including: a Raspberry Pi, a wireless keyboard, a DIY speaker, a custom case, power and HDMI cables, memory card, a USB power supply, an illustrated story book and 4 sheets of stickers.

Kano launched on Kickstarter in 2013, becoming the world’s most crowdfunded learning invention of all time & the UK’s most successful Kickstarter at that time.

Building on its current exponential success, CommonwealthFirst will support Kano in its bid to expand out to more English speaking Commonwealth markets so that children across the Commonwealth can have access to the fantastic educational and recreational opportunities and community that the company offers.