Think you can’t start a successful business without huge rounds of funding? Think again.
Everyone has to start somewhere and these entrepreneurs has proven that. They started out small, but grew their companies to national brands.
Some of the names have become well known while others are relatively unknown, but they all share common traits like perseverance and understanding human nature.
Self - made millionaire Catherine is a successful entrepreneur who has formulated a great foundation in Kenya. The co-founder of Soko, an e-commerce platform based in Kenya and USA has bring so much impact in the country. A computer science graduate has been part of numerous ICT projects such as Stanford University’s Nokia Africa Research Centre Design Project, creating a mobile application for informal communities.
2. Mike Muthiga
Engineering graduate Mike Muthiga is the founder and CEO of Fatboy Animations that does 2D and 3D animations for films and commercials. He has work with big companies like Safaricom, Telekom and many more.
3. Danson Muchemi
Well, Danson is the founder of JamboPay, one of Kenya leading e- payment services. In 2013, his company won an award from Goggle Innovation Awards in financial services. Aside from offering e-payment services, JamboPay also offers web application and network securities.
4. Mike Maina
Silent millionaire Mike is a guy who was compensated 712 million shillings in 2017 when he won a case against the government. This guy is the owner of Pelican Signs and Marble Arch hotel off Tom Mboya streets.
5. George Wachiuri
This guy was scammed around five million shillings when he first bought his land. Today, he leads one of the most popular brands in the real estate sector Optiven Limited.
6. S.K Macharia
Who doesn’t know him? The owner of Royal Media Services. S.K started small as his first business was a tissue paper making company called Madhupaper, known as Rossy tissues. He is not only a media industry tycoon but also a invest in agriculture, real estate, and banking and many more.
7. Mike Macharia
He started his company at the of 25 and now it has spread to eight African nations. The founder of Seven Seas Technologies (SST) has secure his place as one of the most successful entrepreneur in Kenya.
8. Michelle Ntalami
This gorgeous media sensational lady Michelle is the founder of Marini Naturals, a natural hair care line that target African women. In 2016, she recognized by Top 40 Under 40 women award.
9. Lorna Rutto
After quitting her banking job in 2010, Lorna started her own company named Ecopost, a firm that collect recycles plastics waste. She major on manufacturing fencing post from recycled materials.
10. Eric Kinoti
This guy has been featured twice in Kenya Top 40 Under 40 and voted the most influential individual at SOMA Awards. The founder of Systems East Africa, a firm the focus on making military and relief tents, branded gazebos, restaurant canopies, car shades and so much more.
11. Tabitha Karanja
These woman was just a librarian in government office and went on to establish a hard ware shop. As time goes, she discovered a gap in alcohol industry which led her to start Kerecho breweries. Interesting right? But it started small and now it worth billions of Kenyan shillings.
Bottom line: This is to inspire anyone who is working hard in obscurity; never five up because these are seeds that you are planting for the future.
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