Two student entrepreneurs are set to represent Kenya in this year’s Global Student Entrepreneur Awards in Frankfurt on April 27.
Bernard Momanyi and Wangechi Mwangi will showcase the businesses they have built while juggling classes and customers competing against more than 50 students from the rest of the world.
Bernard Momanyi is student at the University of Nairobi and the owner of Briglobe LLC, a young holding company that builds solutions in Education, Healthcare, Business Commerce and Finance.
“Our Flagship product is called Onesha(currently operating under the website www.briglobe.com) Onesha enables young people especially students showcase their Skills, talents, abilities, projects done and their experiences in internship/work to employers and professionals with an interest in them by use of visual content,” he says.
Wangechi Mwangi is a student at Strathmore University in Nairobi, and qualified for the awards by winning the East African chapter organized by iBizAfrica, an incubation centre home to Valuraha. The 21-year-old student won the prize after competing against a field of 2,000 entrepreneurs from 38 countries in a series of national and regional competitions.
Mwangi and co-founder Kinyanjui Njoroge started Valuraha to help young people learn how to save and invest 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.
At the Global Finals, students compete for a prize package of US$20,000 in cash and a total value of over $40,000, which includes a travel/lodging expense paid trip to compete in GSEA Finals in Frankfurt, Germany. Second place will receive US$10,000 and third place will receive US$5,000.