A team of students from Moi University who participated in this year’s Enactus Kenya National Business and
Entrepreneurship Competition have emerged after beating other teams from 26 public and private universities in Kenya. Consequently the team will represent Kenya at the Enactus World Cup in Canada later this year.
The team’s three projects were recognized for innovation and community impact. The first involves chicken brooding using the “Chepkube” environment-friendly stove brooder, the second aims at reducing child mortality rates using mobile phones to remind mothers of immunization dates, while the third seeks to address health caused by high levels of fluoride in water.
“We aim at recruiting over 5,000 students from all over Kenya to grow their leadership skills, current market demand information and innovative ideas that attract investment,” said James Shikwati, Enactus Kenya Country
The objectives of the 14th Enactus Kenya Expo included identifying a university with high impact community outreach projects and offer universities an opportunity to showcase their innovations as students get
employeability skills training. Enactus Africa Nazarene team was the first runners up with their “Taka Smart” social enterprise that offers reward points in exchange for recyclable waste. The Second runners up, Enactus University of Eldoret, presented project “Faida Mazao” that seeks to curb food loss and waste through solar powered cold storage facilities.
Enactus Kenya has hosted 14 National Business and Entrepreneurship Competitions since 2003 and participated in 14 international competitions that involve university undergraduate students. Enactus Kenya has 3,054
registered student members.
Enactus seeks to create a partnership between business and higher education and equip students with innovative ideas that attract investment through community projects, knowledge sharing and competitions.
Earlier, Kenyan students who participated in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Phoenix, USA emerged winners for the project titled Acacia xanthlophloea characterisation and preservation techniques of sapwood (plant xylem) as a low-cost membrane for arid and semi-arid areas in Kenya. The project by the three high school students is meant to help people living in arid and semi arid areas deal with the problem of lack of safe drinking water.
As the team from Moi University progress to the Enactus World Cup in Canada later this year, we hope that they too will improve Kenya’s profile in grabbing science, technology and innovation awards at the global platforms.