Forbes’ Magazine named the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa 2018, and five Kenyans made the list.
The list which was compiled by a panel of expert A-list judges saw more than 650 nominations (all sent via email) cutting across real Estate, financial services, manufacturing, media, tech, green tech, agriculture and fashion. These entrepreneurs represent the innovative and intellectuals of their generation, taking more risks and building phenomenal businesses.
Here are the five Kenyans who made the list for 30 Most Promising Young entrepreneurs In Africa 2018:
Founder, Wing It Nairobi
30 year-old Kihiko is the founder of Wing It Nairobi, Kenya’s first and only wings-only Quick service restaurant. Its first outlet at the Galleria Shopping Mall in Kenya is already doing 6-figures annually in revenue. Last year, Wing It raised $75,000 from two investors for a minority stake in Kenya’s edition of Dragons’ Den. Kihiko is set to open other outlets this year.
Anerlisa Muigai, though born in a billionaire family found her own path. Muigai, 30, is the founder of Nero, a beverage company that manufactures and sells the top selling Executive Still Water brand across Kenya.
Founder, Beiless Group
She’s only 22 and killing it in the entrepreneur world. Syowia runs Beiless Group, a fast-growing experiential and digital marketing agency that has handled marketing campaigns for more than 50 popular Kenyan brands over the last two months. Syowia is a recipient of the 2017 Global Student Entrepreneur Award in Kenya.
Gloria Michelle Otieno Muka
Founder, Recours Four Kenya Consultants Limited
In 2013, Gloria Michelle Otieno Muka, 31, founded Recours Four Kenya Consultants Limited (R4Kenya), a fast-growing professional HR services firm located in Nairobi, Kenya. She started the firm with $2,000 of her savings, and within the last 4 years, she has grown the company into a $400,000 (annual revenues) business with more than 15 employees. Recours Four Kenya offers professional HR services in consultancy, recruitment, training, psychometric testing and staff outsourcing. The company’s clients include the World Bank group, Kenya National Examination Council, USAID, GlaxoSmithKline and Sportpesa.
Founder, Tangerine Investments
Rajiv Mehta, 32, is the founder of Tangerine Investments, an outdoor advertising firm that uses public transit vehicles, litterbins and street poles to market leading consumer goods in Kenya. Tangerine, which was founded in 2008, has clients such as Kenya Airways, Pizza Inn, Subway and Coca Cola HP among others. The company recorded revenue of more than $1 million in 2017.