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Daystar, JKUAT students win farmbiz innovation challenge


A mobile application created by three students from Daystar and JKUAT won the enterprise competition “Innovate for Africa”. Brenda Olenja, Daystar, and Calvince Okello of JKUAT, are the founders of M-Shamba – a mobile phone service created to help farmers in Kenya receive and communicate information on disease outbreak, postproduction measures in farming, among other vital information.

The two students, including one member, Gordon Owiti, won $1700 in total to invest in the M-Shamba concept.

Other competing teams from different universities also participated in the competition which was held at Daystar, Nairobi Campus.

A group consisting of University of Nairobi, Egerton and Daystar teamed up to pitch an idea of using hibiscus to make beverages. Another team of Kabarak and Strathmore university students presented an idea to increase production of French beans to target mass production for the export market through.

Mr. Tafadzwa Chakaodza, Director Innovate for Africa, encouraged the participants to embrace the dreams and visions of innovate for Africa, which aimed at challenging the lives of those living in the continent.

“The company is registered in London but has a vision and mission for their great ideas. He advised the young Investors to take entrepreneurship seriously, for the growth of the African Continent.

“If you help an individual to grow, they will not steal from others but will create employment, pay tax and help eradicate poverty.”

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