Catherine Mahugu, 27.
Co- founder of Soko, an online destination platform for shoppers to discover handcrafted accessories from all over the world and purchase them directly from the designers and artisans. In 2013, the company raised $700,000 from a Dubai-based investment firm.At Soko, Mahugu leads innovation to foster new scalable and appropriate solutions. She is an International Telecom Union (ITU) Young Innovators fellow.
Muyika founded Hypecentury Technologies a web hosting company when he was 16, sold the company after two years to Wemps Telecoms in a 6-figure deal
The 20 year old has now ventured into a cloud enterprise software dubbed Zag Apps that helps companies manage inventory such as accounting, payroll, stock management, marketing among others.
Barclay Paul, 23.
Founder of Impact Africa Industries, a company that produces low cost sanitary pads for poor women in informal settlements Kenya three years ago and he now sells the pads to as far as Uganda and South Sudan. Located in Kitale, the company has 23 employees, 15 of whom are women who help in production and distribution of the sanitary pads
Trushar Khetia, 28.
Another Kitale success story, Khetia, is the founder of Tria Group, an outdoor transit advertising firm that uses public transit vehicles to market leading consumer goods in Kenya. Founded in 2013 the company already has annual revenues exceeding $1.3 million (Sh118 million).
Hasnain Noorani, 32.
Noorani, 32 has expanded his inherited business (a small driving school and car hire business) to Pride Inn group that owns six 3 star hotels acrssKenya under the PrideInn brand, bakeries, restaurants, a tour company and other assets.
Ronak Shah, 27.
Manufacturers low-cost household cleaning products at his company Kronex Chemicals Ltd, such as dishwashing liquids and multi-purpose detergent targeted at Kenya’s lower class.
Kelvin Macharia Kuria, 23
Founded Sunrise Tracking, a vehicle security tech firm that offers GPS tracking, CCTV and ability to turn engines off remotely via SMS.
Kinoti is the Shades Systems East Africa founder with an annual turnover of 1 million dollars. The company manufactures military and relief tents, branded gazebos, restaurant canopies, car parking shades, marquees, luxury tents, wedding party tents canvas seats and bouncing castles across the region. The company also exports its products to Somalia, Congo and Rwanda.