The recent turnout at the BLAZE entrepreneurship summits, hosted by Safaricom, is a clear indication that the youth are willing to go the extra mile to achieve their dreams of self-employment with 48% preferring to venture into entrepreneurship. Only 26% are keen on employment and careers.
Over 6,000 young Kenyans under 26 years of age turned up for the Nakuru entrepreneurship forum last weekend. The first one was held in Eldoret and had an attendance of over 6,000 young people while the second one held in Thika had over 9,000 attendees.
According to findings in a report entitled “The Kenya Youth Survey Report” commissioned by the Aga Khan University’s East African Institute, Kenyan youth are deeply troubled over rising levels of unemployment.
The report, released in January 2016 further states that the youth are rooting for opportunities to access capital, set up business and engage in productive ventures.
The full day sessions kicked off with plenary sessions led by mentors from different areas of interest; agri-business, entrepreneurship, music, media, technology, finance, fashion and career building.
The afternoon session then involved an all – encompassing gathering with talks given by young people to their fellow youth on career decisions and using their passions to make a living.
Among the mentors that spoke to the youth were social entrepreneur Baraza Mwabe; Eric Muthomi, CEO of Stawi foods and kick–boxer Robert Nobertson.
Through the BLAZE entrepreneurship forums, attendees are able to network with other like-minded individuals and also get a chance to register for the BYOB TV show; which aims at funding creative ideas that will facilitate the youth to jumpstart their dreams.
Other counties in the tour schedule include Kisumu, Meru, Mombasa and Nairobi. BLAZE – which cost over Kshs 700 million to conceptualize, develop and launch – is a sub-brand of Safaricom.