Ever since when the Global Students Entrepreneurship Awards competition was launched, several Kenyan students with businesses have applied and won.
These students had businesses while still on campus and went ahead to compete with others from across Africa.
Wangechi Mwangi: Strathmore University
Wangechi is the founder of Vularaha and participated in the 2015 competition while studying at Strathmore University. At 21 years, Ms Mwangi won the Social Impact Award after competing against a field of 2,000 entrepreneurs drawn from 38 countries in a series of national and regional competitions.
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Vularaha helps young people to learn howto save and invest their money. The company runs investment clubs in high schools allowing students to learn about personal finance and investing while interacting with a virtual trading platform that simulates the investment ecosystem in Kenya.
June Syowia: University of Nairobi
June is the Founder and CEO of Beiless Group Limited, a company established in 2015 to offer creative advertising solutions through digital marketing and brand storytelling. Beiless Group Ltd started off with three clients advertising for free, and got referrals that expanded her client list.
During the 2017 Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards (GSEA) Kenya competition, Ms Syowia went home with Sh1 million beating four others to the prize.
Towett Ng’etich: Moi University
As a student at Moi University, Mr Ng’etich is a socially driven entrepreneur who founded Uthabiti Healthcare, a mobile application that connects patients to certified doctors and nearby pharmacies. The application seeks to fight cases of counterfeit drugs in Africa. Patients with the app are able to receive orders right to their doorsteps.
Ng’etich was able to articulate his business’ vision to the panel of judges. His vision for Uthabiti is to expand and build a counterfeit-free market in Africa.
Benard Momanyi : University of Nairobi
Benard is the founder of Briglobe LLC, a young holding company that buildings solutions for different sectors. The firm has clients in the Business, Commerce, Education, Finance and Healthcare sectors. One of the company’s flagship programs that saw it win the GSEA competition is Onesha.
Onesha enables students showcase their Skills, talents, abilities, projects done to employers. Additionally, student experiences during internship can be shown to employers and professionals with an interest in them by use of visual content.