Four Kenyans have made it to Forbes’ latest list of the 30 most promising young african entrepreneurs of 2016. The report looks at accomplished young African entrepreneurs below the age of 35. They represent all sectors with majority of them being tech-based or have technology as their base, such as through apps or online platforms.
The list has five South Africans,four Kenyans, five Nigerians and the rest are spread across other African Nations.
1. Hilda Moraa, Kenyan
Age 27 Years
Co-founder, Weza Tele
She is the founder of Weza Tele, a Kenyan fintech startup that provides a number of value added mobility solutions in commerce, supply chain, distribution and mobile payment integration. In May 2015 Afb, a Ghanaian financial services group, acquired the company for $1.7 million.
2. Eugene Mbugua, Kenyan
Founder, Young Rich TV
Eugene is the founder of a television production company. His company, Young Rich Television Limited, produces two TV programmes, ‘Young Rich’, a weekly show that profiles young, successful Kenyan entrepreneurs, and ‘Get In The Kitchen’- a cooking show. Both shows have aired for 9 and 4 seasons respectively. Mbugua also owns My Yearbook Limited, a company that produces yearbooks and publications for companies, schools and governments. A real-estate company he owns is also developing a 188-unit hostel project to provide housing for students of Kenya’s Egerton University.
3. Jamie Pujara, Kenyan
Age 33 Years
Pujara, a 33 year-old Kenyan entrepreneur is the founder of BuyRentKenya, one of Kenya’s most popular property listing sites. In 2015, South African online media firm One Africa Media acquired a stake in the company. The site, which Pujara founded in 2012, reports 150,000 visitors every month and has more than 15,000 listings of residential and commercial properties.
4. Trushar Khetia, Kenyan
Founder, Tria Group & Society Stores
Khetia, 29, is the founder of Tria Group, a Kenyan outdoor transit-advertising firm that uses public transit vehicles to market leading consumer goods in Kenya. He is also the founder of Society Stores, a fast-growing Kenyan retail chain with 5 outlets. This is the second time Khetia is appearing on Forbes list.