July 09, 2020


US recording artist and entrepreneur Akon gestures as he speaks at the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Nairobi on July 24, 2015.  The summit which will be co-hosted by President Uhuru Kenyatta and US President Barack Obama starting from July 25, 2015, and will bring together entrepreneurs at all stages of business development.    AFP PHOTO / JOHN MUCHUCHA        (Photo credit should read John Muchucha/AFP/Getty Images)

By Telford Aduda

Musician and philanthropist Akon, world renowned chef Jose Andres, Fubu founder Daymond John, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, and UN youth envoy Ahmed Alhendawi are among the mentors at the Global Entrepreneurial Summit that is going to accommodate over 150 established youth and entrepreneurs.

The select number of youth and women entrepreneurs will share their success stories at the GES event that will begin on Saturday morning. They will also take part in skill trainings, participate in a pitching competition, and hear from various speakers scheduled to share their experiences and wisdom in their various fields of expertise.

The speakers were chosen because of their success in their specific sectors as youth who are known worldwide.
The entrepreneurs will be joined by high-level U.S. government officials, including the Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Administrator of Small Business Administration Maria Contreras-Sweet, acting Administrator of USAID Alfonso Lenhardt, Ambassador at-large for Global Women Issues Catherine Russell, and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel.

The Global Economic Summit youth and women day is supported by the U.S. Government in partnership with the Government of Kenya and the Global Entrepreneurship Network.

The Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2015 is seen largely as an investment opportunity. Entrepreneurship is essential to a nation’s ability to prosper in in an ever-changing and increasingly competitive global marketplace. The summit offers a big opportunity for big indigenous corporations like KCB to showcase entrepreneurship in Kenya and by extension Africa.

Entrepreneurs are widely recognized as the prime movers of economic development; the people who translate ideas into action. Kenya is extremely ripe for risk takers, fearless, innovative and creative individuals. For a start, vision2030 the national blueprint aims to create a globally competitive and prosperous Kenya while at the same time transforming the country into a middle income country.

This event, which will be graced by the President of the United States Barack Obama, will place Kenya at the epicenter of global attention. The summit has also brought into Nairobi global billionaires and some of the greatest business minds the world has to offer.

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