By George Okore
Kenya’s innovative firm Sanivation has emerged among the top 30 start ups from across the world to be a finalist of a global search to find and support the next generation of start-ups that want to succeed while creating a better future for society.
The Naivasha based social enterprise won the Kenyan version of the Chivas Regal’s The Venture competition and will represent the country at the global final in Los Angeles in July 2017. The 30 finalists from across six continents will have a chance to pitch for a share of a $1 million fund in front of an expert panel of judges who are looking for businesses that can offer scalable and sustainable solutions to real world issues.
“We are honored to be Kenya’s Finalist for The Venture Competition. At Sanivation, we work hard to provide cost-effective sanitation services to realize sustainability in urbanizing communities, ’says said Dickson Ochieng, Director of Government Relations at Sanivation. Mr Ochieng says UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has described sanitation as one of the most important aspects of post-2015 development framework and his company aims to win the global competition.
According to Mr Ochieng, Sanivation will scale its scope and reach and reach 1 million people over the next five years, help tackle the sanitation crisis in Kenya and shift the paradigm about sanitation. His views are shared by Judge Mikul Shah, Director Eat Out who spoke on behalf of the jury. “The judges felt that Sanivation is a truly scalable social impact business and addressed huge health and environmental challenges that are currently faced by millions of people all over the world. We look forward to see them compete with social startups from across the world”
Ahead of the global final, the competitors will take part in the Chivas The Venture Accelerator Week hosted at the University of Oxford by The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Embedded within the world-renowned Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford, The Skoll Centre has created an inspirational and transformative programme featuring opportunities for the finalists to develop leadership skills, take part in practical workshops and be inspired by global experts on critical topics that affect social enterprises.
With over $1 million in funding and resources, Chivas The Venture inspires entrepreneurs seeking to make positive change to pursue their ambitions and realise their potential. The Venture inspires social entrepreneurs and those seeking positive change from around the world to pursue their ambitions and realise their potential.
The competition is sponsored by Chivas Regal, a world’s first luxury whisky that sells 4.5 million 9L cases annually in more than 150 countries across the globe. With generosity, entrepreneurship and integrity at the heart of Chivas Regal, the brand launched its successful Win the Right Way campaign in 2014, which aims to inspire a new generation whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others.