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Meet the 2022 Class of the Governors Startup Challenge!

After an intense three months recruitment process that attracted over 155 applications from over 15 counties in Kenya, Youth Empowerment Program Initiative (YEPI) is excited to announce the 10 Finalists for the 2022 Governors Startup Challenge. Meet these inspiring social entrepreneurs, innovators, and problem solvers from around the coast region of Kenya and beyond.

These young entrepreneurs represent some of the best and brightest startups in Kenya and they have what it takes to solve the world’s most pressing issues. They take nothing for granted and pursue big ambitions.

Entrepreneur’s Name: Queentah Wambulwa

Business Name: Ressa Organics

Location: Mombasa County

The Pitch: “I am committed to empowering the survivors of GBV through agriculture. Ressa Organics is an agro-processing social enterprise that adds value to SuperFood Pumpkin into Flour, Seeds, Oil and feeds. My mission is to economically empower GBV survivors through value addition.”

Entrepreneur’s Name: Kithinji Muriungi

Business Name: Bestilaya

Location: Nairobi County

The Pitch: “I am committed to transforming minds through SDGs 4, 10, and 17 through development of technological and sustainable solutions. Bestilaya provides hassle free platform for new or used books to local networked virtual libraries for hire, buy/sell, request, and exchange.”

Entrepreneur’s Name: Najla Timimi