Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I started my first social business when I was 12, which was based around employing local women from the Kikambala Village to create jewelry as designing jewelry is one of my passions. The whole purpose was to empower women and also to enable young girls to stay in school and pursue their passions. The jewelry was sold at a local tourist boutique. This enabled a group of 40 girls stay in school, as well as start a choir and compete in the national competition which is very prestigious in Kenya. The following year, they stood first nationally and ended up getting media exposure.
During my time at McGill, I was selected to consult for a local not-for-profit with McKinsey & Co. and that greatly expanded my skill base and knowledge of business and not-for-profits. Additionally, I have done work and led projects with Microsoft, UNICEF, and represented Canada/Kenya at the UNAOC event hosted by the Government of Austria in Vienna. Additionally, being invited to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit allowed me to create connections, as well as attending the United World College of the Atlantic and being involved with the Grameen Foundation.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
The Next Big Thing/Hootsuite
Ryan Holmes/Meredith Powell