The CEO of a Kenyan startup Valuraha has won the Global student entrepreneur award, a global competition seeking to honor student entrepreneurs who have founded and are running revenue generating businesses. The award gala took place at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC in which Wangechi Mwangi was declared the winner.
The competition had attracted 2,000 entrepreneurs from 38 countries in a series of national and regional competitions. Wangechi who is a student at Strathmore University qualified for the awards by winning the East African chapter organized by iBizAfrica. Wangechi Mwangi and co-founder Kinyanjui Njoroge started Valuraha to help young people learn how to save and invest money. The company runs investment clubs in high schools allowing students to learn about personal finance and investing while interacting with a virtual trading platform that simulates the investment ecosystem in Kenya.
GSEA was founded in 1998 at the John Cook School of Business at Saint Louis University, has honored outstanding students who simultaneously attend university full-time while running their own businesses. Built on a mission to inspire students to start and grow entrepreneurial ventures, GSEA brings global visibility to pioneering student business owners. The competition is organized by the US based Entrepreneur Organization.
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