June Syowia of Beiless Group, a digital story-telling agency will represent Kenya at the Global Student Entrepreneurship Award in Frankfurt, Germany on April 26th 2017, after edging out 10 semi-finalists and 5 finalists locally.
Syowia will compete with the world’s top student entrepreneurs and stands a chance to win a cash prize of US$20,000 and a total package of over US$150,000 in cash and donated business services.
Akshay Shah, MD of Silafrica Plastics & Packaging and the 2016/7 GSEA Kenya Chair said: ” There is a lot to learn from these winning student entrepreneurs on how to be resourceful, and a lot of inspiration for what they manage to achieve at this age while engaged in a full time under-graduate university education. I am blown away by the entrepreneurial energy these young adults have shown, and I hope that Kenya provide them with an environment where they can succeed not only on the local and pan-African stage, but even the global stage. Kenya received the 2nd highest number of applications in Africa in 2017. Next year we are expecting over 500 entries.”
GSEA is a premier global competition for high school, undergraduate and graduate students with a mission to inspire students to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures.
To be eligible to participate in GSEA, applicants must be full-time students, running a business generating over US$500 / KES 50,000 in revenue and operational for at least six months.
Last year’s GSEA was won by Illuminum Greenhouses. The event provides students the opportunity to form lasting relationships with entrepreneurs, and over the years, participating students have gone on to create thousands of jobs and generate millions of shillings in revenue.