The investors (lions) too, have been chosen. It is a panel of five ‘Simbas’ who rule their various industries. One of the lions is the famous Darshan Chandaria of the Chandaria Industries. He produces various household goods and has built an incredibly successful business around that. He has also invested in Mobius Motors, a Kenyan effort to produce its own cars.
Olive Gachara (30) who has built an empire in the fashion and modelling industry. She is the founder of Couture Africa, a fashion magazine as well as being an Image Consultant (Olive Image) and a model agent.
Kris Senanu, the Managing Director of the Enterprise Division at Telkom Kenya is also one of the investors in the panel. He also has stakes in the entertainment industry, running a company called BlackRock Capital Investments that owns nightclubs and restaurants.
Wandia Gichuru is the second lady in the pride (of Simbas) who has also made it big in the fashion industry. She is the Managing Director of Vivo Active Wear and has worked in the United Nations, UK Government and the World Bank as an international development adviser.
Myke Rabar rounds up the pride with the title of Homeboyz CEO to boast of. Homeboyz was primarily founded in the entertainment industry but has expanded to software development and public relations. He also serves in various state positions and committees in addition to receiving a Head of State Commendation.
We also understand that the select number of aspiring entrepreneurs (prey?) that will face the simbas have been picked out. From over 400 entrepreneurs who applied, about 75 of them have made the cut to pitch their ideas before the cats in the show starting on 26th. The show, which has been produced in a collaboration between Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Quite Bright Films Kenya (QBF), Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and Nation Media Group (NMG) will air every Monday.