33 year old Gatumia Gatumia, who runs a digital animation company called Recon Digital emerged the overall winner in the 2011 business plan competition. He walked away with Kshs. 500,000 being the cash award for the information communication and technology category. The category was sponsored by International Labour Organization’s Youth Entrepreneurship Facility. Gatumia is a certified Autodesk Maya Animator who trained at an animation college in Toronto Canada and has 10 years of experience in producing Digital Content Animation for local and international clients. He aims to tell many untold stories through his products.
7 category winners in; Agribusiness & Agro Processing, Arts, Sports, Leisure & Recreation, Business and Professional Services, Green and Ecological Business, Information & Communication Technology, Manufacturing and Construction and Media, Marketing and Communication were awarded a cumulative Ksh 3.5 million ranging from Kshs. 100,000 to Kshs. 500,000. Cash awards were also given to the most innovative business plan as well as the youngest entrepreneur award.
Other winners included;
Oscar Kimani Maina : who has done accelerated entrepreneurship course at the University of Connecticut won Ksh. 500,000 in the Media, Marketing and Communication category. He plans to launch a business magazine in 2012. The award was presented by Business Daily.
Lizzy Kanyua : who holds a degree in Science in computer systems won Ksh. 500,000 in the Arts, Sports, Leisure & Recreation category for her business expansion- Kentmere Gardens which is a multi-functional guest house which she refers to as a boutique hotel . The award was generously sponsored by Safaricom Foundation.
Eric Muthomi: owner of Stawo Foods and Fruits also won Ksh. 500,000 sponsored by Safaricom Foundation in the Agri Business Agro Processing category. The company runs a banana processing factory where they make banana powder/ flour for baking and cooking.
Kenneth Ndua Mitambo: owner of Active Talents Inclusively Company was awarded Ksh. 100,000 for being the most innovative after he developed a stove that is able to perform 5 tasks while cooking using wood fuel. He holds Master’s degree in community care. Inoorero University sponsored this category.
Valentine Odhiambo Mingeyi: owner Bamato Environmental & Sanitation Enterprises won Ksh 500,000 in the Green and Ecological Business category for his genius waste recycling business that is producing items for sale including necklaces, baskets, pillows and hats. His product will contribute to achievement of vision 2030 and address some MDG goals. International Labour Organization sponsored the green category.
Dr. Paul Nganda Mwaniki: owner of Kileleswa Medical Plaza Ltd was awarded Ksh 200,000 for his business plan of providing variety of healthcare and auxiliary services under one roof around the clock. His target market is residents of Nairobi’s kileleshwa and its environment.
Ian Joshua Ngugi: won Ksh 500,000 for being the youngest finalist who also had a great idea in the Media, Marketing and Communication of signage advertising in public transport vehicles. The international Labour Organization’s Youth Entrepreneurship facility sponsored this award.
All the 100 finalists also won Chase Bank accounts which are already credited with Ksh. 5,000 which the bank hopes that the entrepreneurs will grow as their businesses grow.
Now on its third year, The Chase Bank Enablis ILO Business Launchpad was an initiative of the Enablis Entrepreneurial Network East Africa with support from Chase Bank, Business Daily, International Labour Organization, (ILO) Inoorero University, Safaricom Foundation, The Kenya ICT Board, Rhino Special Products and MobiKash Limited.