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6th E4Impact Challenge in Kenya with Leonardo-Finmeccanica

E4Impact Foundation, Tangaza University CollegeUniversità Cattolica del Sacro Cuore and The Standard Newspaper run the 6th Edition of the E4Impact Challenge, the premier Business Idea Competition in East Africa for theGlobal MBA in Impact Entrepreneurship on the 22nd of July 2016 at Tangaza University College (Nairobi).

The event has been by far the largest competition E4Impact has ever had in Kenya, with 117 entrepreneurs pitching in 14 parallel pitching sessions and 61 jurors present. The pre-selected candidates presented their business projects in the business clusters of Health, Agri-business, ICT & Mobile Tech, Education & Training, Green & Renewable Energy and Business Services, competing for a money award and full and partial scholarships to attend the 6th edition of E4Impact MBA in Nairobi, starting on the 15th of August 2016.

This year the MBA will be supported by Leonardo-Finmeccanica, a global high-tech company and one of the key players in the Aerospace, Defence and Security sectors. In line with its business, Leonardo contributes to the development of a scientific, innovative and technological culture, providing grants for those studying science to support the training of the technicians and engineers of the future. Leonardo invests in communities with a focus on the needs of future generations, in the belief that investing in culture is key to creating corporate citizenship and contributing to the development of society.

Here the list of the winners of the 6th E4Impact Challenge:

  1. Josiah Kavuma, with Matibabu (health tech solution for malaria) – overall winner and winner of the Health & Technology cluster, he received a full scholarship from Leonardo-Finmeccanica;
  2. Symphrose Ochieng, with Bentos Fuels (smokeless charcoal briquettes) – winner of the Green and Renewable Energy cluster;
  3. Eric Muthomi, with Stawi Foods (food processing business) – winner of the Agri-Business cluster;
  4. Rebecca Kerubo, with Green Concepts General Trading Ltd. (trading service)- winner of the Business Services cluster;
  5. Fred Ouko, with Riziki Source (platform to promote employment of persons with disabilities) – winner of the ICT & mobile application technology, he received a full scholarship from Leonardo-Finmeccanica;
  6. Javan Okello & Juliet Zawedde, with DreamAfrica (digital African-themed platform that delivers engaging and educational family friendly storybooks, comics, audiobooks and videos/animations) – winners of the Education & Training cluster.

The panel of judges was composed by investors, bankers, foundations, Business Angels, business experts from the Standard Media Group, incubators, accelerators and senior entrepreneurs.

In this sense, the Challenge was not only an occasion for all participants to network with smart and innovative entrepreneurs drawn from East Africa and personalities of the East African Entrepreneurial Eco-system, but also a strong signal of E4Impact Foundation and Tangaza University College’s special attention to the promotion of impact entrepreneurship across Kenya.