Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
As a young designer in my 2nd year of university (2009), I realized that in the wake of a modern design world, we (Kenya) were at risk of losing valuable cultures and phenomenon unique to Kenya. My vision saw me launch Isel Creative Designs where I served as CEO and Lead Designer. Our goal is to preserve Kenya’s cultural heritage by adding a touch of our art and culture into modern corporate brand sets and development.Focusing on international events, summits and conferences, we made our mark through creating artistic handmade invitations, course material, brand concepts, uniforms and promotional items all reflecting a touch of Kenya's authentic cultures. Since my departure in 2014 as CEO, Isel's team continues to grow and serve the industry.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
At BrightGreen, we are passionate about our environment. We love trees. It's this passion that has seen us participate in several tree planting activities, where we play a key role in communication and resource planning. Currently, we have partnered with a local NGO, KWEN whom we are undertaking a tree nursery planting project in Bomet County. Currently, our nursery houses about 1500tree seedlings that we use to facilitate these tree planting events. Aside from this, we partner with FOONDI to organize and facilitate community events and capacity building sessions to train on innovation, environmental conservation and entrepreneurship for women and youth.
We have a 5 member advisory board, who guide us on legal issues, strategic direction, business development and financial issues. Personally, I have a forward-looking mentor who encourages me and puts things into perspective for me. We meet on a weekly basis to discuss progress made, various challenges faced and solutions to them.