8 Kenyans named in Forbes Africa most promising entrepreneurs

February 6, 2015
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Eric Kinoti is the proprietor of Shades System East Africa - a company that manufactures and supplies tents, as well as Safi Sana home Cleaning Services/CFM
Eric Kinoti is the proprietor of Shades System East Africa – a company that manufactures and supplies tents, as well as Safi Sana home Cleaning Services/CFM

NAIROBI, Kenya Feb 6 – Eight young Kenyans have been named in the list of the 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa by Forbes Magazine.

The list followed a request made by the Magazine last month which received close to 800 nominations for this year’s Africa’s brightest young entrepreneurs with the oldest entrepreneur on the list at 33.

Here are Kenya’s brightest young entrepreneurs:

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Trushar Khetia, 

Khetia, 28, is the founder of Tria Group, an outdoor transit advertising firm that uses public transit vehicles to market leading consumer goods in Kenya.

Founded in 2013 the company already has annual revenues exceeding $1.3 million (Sh118 million).

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Catherine Mahugu,

The 27-year-old  is a co- founder of Soko, an online destination platform for shoppers to discover handcrafted accessories from all over the world and purchase them directly from the designers and artisans.

In 2013, the company raised $700,000 from a Dubai-based investment firm.

At Soko, Mahugu leads innovation to foster new scalable and appropriate solutions. She is an International Telecom Union (ITU) Young Innovators fellow.

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Mubarak Muyika

Muyika founded Hypecentury Technologies a web hosting company  when he was 16, sold the company after two years to Wemps Telecoms in a 6-figure deal

The 20 year old has now  ventured into a cloud enterprise software dubbed Zag Apps  that helps companies manage inventory such as accounting, payroll, stock management, marketing among others.

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Hasnain Noorani,

Noorani, 32 has expanded his inherited business (a small driving school and car hire business) to Pride Inn group that owns six 3 star hotels acrssKenya under the PrideInn brand, bakeries, restaurants, a tour company and other assets.

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