BLAZE was created to give the youth aged 26 years and below products, services and benefits tailored specifically to meet their everyday needs. A first of its kind platform in Kenya, East and Central Africa, BLAZE promises Kenyan youth freedom, empowerment and success.
According to Mr. Collymore, BLAZE’s BYOB has reached over 44,000 young adults the opportunity to learn job and business skills through the BLAZE Summits. Over the weekend, Safaricom said hundreds of participants took part in the second regional summit of Blaze BYOB season two held on 16th September at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru County.
Eight winners emerged from this summit. This was after several participants were intensely pre-screened in the 3-day creation camps and given a chance to pitch their business ideas to a team of qualified judges and mentors.
The winners got funding of Ksh100, 000 in each category to support their business ideas and a chance to be part of the BYOB TV Series 2 set to air later in the year. They included Primerose Oyiera (Fashion) – 100,000/=, Oeba Willie (Music) – 100,000/=, Miriam Wanjiru Mwangi (Retail and Manufacturing) – 100,000/=, Carribean Crew (Creative Arts) – 100,000/=, Michael Mibey Kosgei (Technology) – 100,000/=, Gulam Nabi Akram (Photography) as well as Vincent Korir and Edwin Kiprotich (Agriculture) – 50,000/= each.
During the summit, the youth, who were mostly students, received training and guidance in their areas of interests from selected mentors and also got inspiration from a team of mentors who have excelled in various fields.