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Gachagua succeeds in bringing Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit to Kenya

Kenya has been picked to host the third edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Africa Summit later this year. Kenya’s bid was fronted by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua during a meeting with the team behind the summit.

The DP ended his four-day official visit to Botswana on Tuesday where he was representing President William Ruto at the second edition of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Africa Summit.

Gachagua took part as a panelist at the prestigious Summit, which recognises top 30 entrepreneurs under 30 years, organised by the US-based Forbes Magazine and held a meeting with the team behind the popular global summits where he floated a request for Kenya to host the third edition of the Summit, slated for later this year.

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“I want to extend my deepest gratitude to the organisers and the great team behind the Forbes 30 Under 30 Africa Summit that is taking place in Gaborone, Botswana, for accepting Kenya’s request to host the Third Edition of the prestigious event later this year,”Gachagua said.

“I would like to assure the team of Randall Lane, the Chief Content Officer of Forbes Media and Editor of Forbes Magazine, Julius Mwale, industrial entrepreneur, investor and Principal of Mwale Medical and Technology City (MMTC), Shivish Soni of Sun Group, among other players with whom I had fruitful engagement this morning that Kenya will deliver.”

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Gachagua said the summit’s foundation of youth entrepreneurship relates to the Kenya Kwanza’s agenda of youth empowerment.

The Forbes team accepted Kenya’s bid to host the Summit owing to the country’s renowned credentials as a leading entrepreneurship hub in Africa.

Mr Randall and Mr Mwale will visit Kenya soon for detailed engagements with the Government of Kenya on the modalities of hosting the Summit.

Forbes 30 Under 30 is an accolade that shines the spotlight on successful entrepreneurs below 30 years.

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Launched in 2011 in the US by the Forbes Magazine, the Summit has extended to other continents as a premier platform showcasing youth entrepreneurship.

During the panel discussion, the Deputy President said the youth have the potential of driving sustainable development through innovation.

“I started my first business while at the University of Nairobi. The youth must take advantage of governments which have given them a latitude and created an enabling environment for business,” said Gachagua.

He added that digital innovation is key to entrepreneurship, hence the reason Kenya is investing in the 100,000km digital superhighway.

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