Forbes Africa’s 30 under 2018 list had four Kenyans who are promising in what they are doing, generating wealth and impacting lives. Here they are;
Leonida Mutuku (29) – Founder of Intelipro
A tech entrepreneur and data scientist, her company Intelipro builds analytics platforms for financial institutions and retail organizations. Through big data analytics being more accessible to businesses, they empower them to develop new financial products, targeted digital marketing strategies and optimized business operations.
According to her online profile, she is also the project lead at Africa Open Data Network, a community of Africans, and friends of Africa, who believe in the continent’s development agenda and how open data can help make it a reality.
The company has been running since January 2016
Leonida holds a Bachelors Degree in Actuarial Science and a Masters in Business Analytics and Big Data.
Among the companies they have worked with include Twiga Foods, Bank of Africa, MTN, First Bank, Rivoltura and Fama Capital Partners among others.
Huston Malande (28), Founder of Skyline Design
His company does web and application development services for organizations. It was registered in November 2008.
Through the company, they won a contract to work on Safaricom’s Innovation Centre (Alpha) from November 2017 where he is now Senior Product Designer.
The company’s portfolio includes brands like BRCK, United Millers, Nation Media Group, Kenya Airports Authority and Carole Mandi Media among others.
Huston has two degrees both from the University of Nairobi. One is Electrical Engineering and another in Computer Science.
Leroy Mwasaru (20), Founder of Greenpact
Solving human and livestock waste disposal by produce biogas has earned Leroy the coveted list. It started when he was in Maseno High School and ground was being broken to construct dormitories only for faeces to be brought to surface. He thought he could turn this into energy for the school first and the community in general who use firewood.
This idea impressed Innovate Kenya, who awarded the teens funds to purchase a digester, which helps with the process. Gas produced in the pit was then filtered through a pipe into the kitchen, and used on the stoves to cook food.
He was 16 at the time and he founded Greenpact, the social enterprise that now undertakes biogas projects for clients.
June Syowia (23), Founder, Beiless Group
The Bachelor of Economics graduate is in the digital marketing and online branding business. She started the company in 2014 when she was a first year student. Together with two friends – a graphic designer and a website developer – they started pitching to bigger corporate brands.
In 2015, she was a recipient of the Business Daily Africa Top 40 Under 40 Award.
According to the company’s website, they have 81 clients, three awards and 174 finished projects. Some of the clients include Kuza automotive, County Government of Kilifi, Ministry of Water and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry among others.