2 winners of Kshs 20.4 million #GoGettaz contest to be announced on January 26

Two winners of the #GoGettaz entrepreneurship contest will be selected and announced during the Pathways for Prosperity Commission Tech and Entrepreneurship Town Hall meeting with Strive Masiyiwa set for January 26 at Strathmore University in Nairobi.

The event is sponsored in partnership with Kwesé Inc and Liquid Telecom, both Econet Global subsidiaries.

Founded and managed by the Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Pathways for Prosperity Commission aims to bring in new voices from diverse backgrounds to debate on development pathways and inclusion.

Looking at both the risks and opportunities in the decades ahead, a key question to be addressed in the Town Hall discussion will be how emerging technologies can be harnessed by entrepreneurs both to create jobs and wealth, and to tackle economic and social challenges of all kinds, especially ones that affect the poor and most marginalized in society.

Following on a series of his highly popular African Entrepreneurship Town Halls held last year in Tanzania, Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Ivory Coast, Ghana and at Stanford University in the USA, (that reached over 5.8 million viewers online), Pathways for Prosperity Commission co-chair Strive Masiyiwa will discuss his own business ventures, inspiring evidence that emerging technologies are already opening countless doors for innovation and entrepreneurship.

At the close of Friday’s Town Hall about 5 pm, the two winners of the US $200,000 (about Kshs 20.4 million) Kwesé Inc’s #GoGettaz entrepreneurship prize will be announced. Before the announcement, 12 finalists (6 men and 6 women from DRC, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe) will have three minutes to pitch in front of a panel of judges who will choose one male and one female each to win US $100,000 investment in their for-profit or not-for- profit ventures as well as a two-week mentorship with Strive and his team at Kwesé offices in Johannesburg.

As part of the contest, the online video pitches prepared by the 12 finalists were shared over 50-million times on Facebook and Twitter across the world from November 30, 2017.

Below are the event details:

WHEN:           Friday 26 January

TIME:             3:45 pm – Tech and Entrepreneurship Town Hall
5:00 pm – Announcement of Kwese Inc #GoGettaz Winners
WHERE:          Strathmore University Auditorium, Ole Sangale Rd, Nairobi, Kenya
WHAT:           Town Hall discussion on entrepreneurship, new technologies and jobs of the future.
WHO:             Moderated by NTV Kenya anchor Larry Madowo,

Panelists will include Strive Masiyiwa (founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Global), Shivani

Siroya (founder and CEO of Tala) and Kamal Bhattacharya (CIO of Safaricom Innovation Hub).

12 #GoGettaz Finalists:


  • Pascal Akahome – Nigeria
  • Olalekan Bankole Emmanuel – Nigeria
  • Veridique Musambaghani Kakule – DRC
  • Dumisani Mahlangu – South Africa
  • Farai Nechikwira – Zimbabwe
  • Peter Wachira – Kenya
  • Abisola Akindeinde – Nigeria
  • Ivy Barley – Ghana
  • Blessing Machiya – Zimbabwe
  • Shola Peter – Nigeria
  • Uwitonze Sarah – Rwanda
  • Ezinne Uko – Nigeria

Initially, it had been announced that the two winners would be selected and announced at Nairobi Garage along Ngong Road on Thursday January 25, 2018. However, due to unknown reasons, both the venue and time of the event has since changed.

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