Bizna Kenya has launched the second edition of the Young Entrepreneurs Awards (YEA), which seeks to identify and recognize young entrepreneurs in Kenya.

This is the second edition of the Awards, which have been designed to identify upcoming and industrious entrepreneurs between 18 and 35 years old with great business acumen.

The Awards are organized by Bizna Kenya and seek to create a network of outstanding young entrepreneurs. The company provides entrepreneurs with a platform to recognize and celebrate them based on their business performance, innovation, quality of products and services and relations with suppliers and customers.

Young entrepreneurs can apply for nominations or endorsed through the Awards website Nominations close on 11th October 2019.

Voting will be open for the public and there will be two winners in every category and two for the overall prize, male and female, in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year category.

Last year’s winners included Expedition Maasai Safaris CEO Pancras Mwangi who won in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Male); Michelle Ntalami of Malini Naturals (Female). Other winners included: Anyiko Owoko (Service Industry); Abel Mutua (Entertainment); Rodgers Kirwa (Agribusiness); Tim Kipchumba of Questworks (Real Estate); and Samuel Majani of Ghafla (Digital Technology) among others.

The overall winner in YEA 2019 will receive Ksh. 1 million to take their business to the next level. All YEA 2019 winners will get all year round business support and enterprise development services including: training, coaching, mentorship and networking services.

Commenting on the second edition of the Awards Bizna Kenya CEO Mr. Tonnie Mello urged Kenyans to nominate deserving young businessmen and women from all sectors of the economy so that eventual winners can mirror the true success of Kenya’s young entrepreneurs.

“We want to use Young Entrepreneurs Awards not only as a platform to inspire more young people to start businesses but also to advocate for policies that can ensure a favourable environment for starts-up to thrive,” says Mello.

The Awards’ judging criteria is based on the entrepreneurs profile, business profile as well as endorsement by customers and suppliers. It also looks for innovation and creativity, social responsibility and effectiveness of business operations.

Bizna Kenya is a business portal that supports and promotes small businesses through provision of marketing and enterprise development services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. Bizna also operate an award winning business blog.