The Kenyan chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) announced Towett Ngetich, CEO, Uthabiti Healthcare; and a student of Moi University, as the winner of the national qualifying rounds of the EO Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards (GSEA).
GSEA is EO’s premier awards program for students who own or operate a business while attending college or university. EO held the final at the Dusit, D2 in Nairobi, Kenya, where student entrepreneurs competed against peers. Following his win, Ngetich will attend EO’s Global GSEA Finals being held on 16th April 2018 in Toronto, Canada.
Sharing his excitement about the win, Ngetich said:
“The GSEA is a platform that brings together students who are willing to defy the odds; and build sustainable ventures across the Globe. If you were to ask me, the ripple effect that we will see is a better future; especially for emerging economies willing to embrace entrepreneurship at such an early stage.
GSEA pairs you with EO members as mentors. The mentors, share their thoughts on your business and get you ready for investors, pitches and presentations. On the final day, you pitch against other brilliant students who inspire your every thought process regarding your venture. With all this, as students, you have a community that holds you up as you transition into a fully grown business. Many thanks to the EO for bringing student entrepreneurs together.” He added.
Anupa Sanghrajka, EO Kenya’s GSEA Chair, said:
“EO’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards is an incredible opportunity for students who want to connect with other entrepreneurs; and take their business to the next level. Being the final Kenyan competition for 2018, we were honored to host GSEA at Dusit D2, Nairobi; and it was extremely rewarding and stimulating. In my eyes all 3 finalists were winners but Towett took the prize home due to his drive and adaptability,”
Jamie Pujara, EO Kenya President commented, “The Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs. EO helps leading entrepreneurs learn and grow through peer-to-peer learning, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and connections to experts. As the President of EO Kenya I believe that events like GSEA empower our students and help shape them to be the leading entrepreneurs in their generation. It is through their entrepreneurship that we will be able to solve the problems that plague our communities.
I’m incredibly proud of our team for putting together this annual event, this is the fourth consecutive year we have held it and it was the best yet. All three of the finalists, who against all odds have followed their dreams to create businesses that impact their communities, have inspired me.”
The participants were judged by prominent entrepreneur judges including: George Odo (MD at AfricInvest), Ashif Kassam (Executive Chairman of RSM Eastern Africa) and Kennedy Odede (Founder & CEO of SHOFCO). Last year over 55 students from 55 countries participated in the Global competition. Previous winners of the GSEA finals in Kenya include Taita Ngetich in 2016 and June Syowia in 2017.