Kenyan entrepreneur named among winners of UK based international award

Catherine Mahugu
Catherine Mahugu. Photo: Instagram/CHISWARA

Kenyan Catherine Mahugu has been named as one of five winners of the inaugural One Young World Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Created to identify and promote the world’s most revolutionary entrepreneurs, the Award honours five young leaders, aged 35 and under, who have been judged on the positive social impact of their business ventures and how they are transforming the way we work, learn, live and eat. These five young leaders were selected by a panel of respected international business figures from a shortlist of 20 young entrepreneurs from around the world.  

Catherine has founded Chiswara, an agri-tech venture that partners with coffee farmers to sell Kenyan coffee to the international market and Soko, an ethical fashion brand that supports artisans in emerging economies.

Created to identify and promote the world’s most revolutionary entrepreneurs, the Award honours five young leaders –aged 35 and under – who have been judged on the positive social impact of their business ventures and how they are transforming the way we work, learn, live and eat. These five young leaders were selected by a panel of respected international business figures from a shortlist of 20 young entrepreneurs from around the world.  

Catherine Mahugu
Catherine Mahugu

The five young leaders were selected by a panel of international judges from across the business world including David Jones, founder of You & Mr Jones and co-founder of One Young World; Elio Leoni Sceti, co-founder and chief crafter of The Craftory; Marisa Drew, CEO of the impact advisory and finance department of Credit Suisse; Luis Javier Castro, founding partner at Mesoamerica Investments; and Professor Orietta Marsili, professor of innovation and entrepreneurship, director of studies MSc in entrepreneurship and management of University of Bath.

“In an age where the values of corporations regularly outstrip nations’ GDP, the social impact of business has never been a more important consideration – and entrepreneurs will be key to finding exciting new solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues,” said Jones.

“Steve Jobs was 21 when he created Apple, Jeff Bezos was 30 when he started Amazon and Bill Gates just 20 when he started Microsoft.

“Young entrepreneurs have shown themselves to be some of the most innovative and impactful in history – and we’re confident that this year’s winners will go on to revolutionise industries across the world.

“We wish all of our winners huge congratulations and look forward to welcoming them to the One Young World Summit in London this year.”

Jones’ fellow judge and CEO of the Impact Advisory and Finance (IAF) Department of Credit Suisse Marisa Drew added:“It has been such an inspiration to witness the incredible creativity, entrepreneurial spirit and real impact that this group have demonstrated with the businesses that they have created. These entrepreneurs have found new, underserved or poorly-served markets and have come up with innovative ways to deploy their talents toward creating businesses with the ability to scale and become the disruptors in their field.” 

The winners will be presented with the Award at the One Young World 2019 Summit taking place in London, 22 -25 October.

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