Collins Kathuli, a software development student at KCA University, clinched the top spot in the 2023-2024 Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA) competition in Kenya. The founder of Kyanda Africa is set to represent Kenya at the GSEA Global quarter-finals in Oman next month.

Over 1,200 student entrepreneurs from 40 countries participated in this year’s GSEA, with the Global Finals scheduled for April 2024 in Singapore, offering a total prize package of $100,000 (Sh16.1 million).

As the winner of the Kenya competition, Collins will receive Sh100,000 for his business along with mentorship and business coaching from established entrepreneurs. Charles Oyamo, a student at the University of Nairobi and founder of Rethread Africa, secured second place, while Rediet Kassahun, a medical student at the University of Nairobi and founder of Quick Cart Africa, claimed the third spot.

Reflecting on his victory, Collins Kathuli expressed his perseverance over four years and four attempts, emphasizing the importance of persistence and determination. He looks forward to competing in the Global quarter-finals in Oman.

EO Kenya’s Chapter President, Amar Shah, praised the high-caliber participants in this year’s finals and expressed optimism about seeing a Kenyan student emerge victorious at the Global Finals.

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