Every year, Egerton University is known for exhibiting in the Nakuru National AKS Show event. The institution not only participates, but also win coveted accolades in different classes it registers for, both under research and entrepreneurial activities. Known to many, such entrepreneurial activities, mainly owned by students are incubated at Centre of Excellence for Livestock Innovation and Business (CoELIB) in the agricultural premier institution.
It is not the first time CoELIB is sponsoring an activity to nurture students’ business skills; the Centre is a master of bringing together student talents both in agriculture and other fields. This year, CoELIB supported ten (10) student entrepreneurs in 9 (nine) student enterprises to the Nakuru National ASK held from 3rd - 8th July, 2017 under the theme “Promoting Technology and innovation in Agriculture and Trade.” The enterprises included:
- CoELIB Media – Agri-journalism based
- DairyCloud Company Limited – Dairy based
- Ukulima Frontline Company Limited – Agricultural ICT based
- Agri-Fresh Supplies – Fruit value addition based
- Prima Gallus – Poultry (chicken) based 6. Precious Beads – Jewelry art based
- Legend Barbers – Hair cut fashion based
- Perfect Designs – Fashion based
- Long Burn Briquettes – Environment (Charcoal dust recycle) based
With the help the university, the aforementioned ten were registered under two classes namely - The Best Stand in Youth Activities, Empowerments & Capacity Building and The Best Stand Embracing Information Technology & Communication System; they did not disappoint, getting an ASK award alongside selling their problem-solving businesses to show goers.
The key development purpose for CoELIB’s sponsorship was to expose these young entrepreneurs to sell their ideas and businesses to general public at large, create meaningful network with like-minded business at national level and to interact with target clients alongside dignitaries.
This, in a nutshell, this is a path to strengthening upcoming student businesses and entrepreneurs to a future stand-alone level.
The sponsored students expressed their gratitude to Egerton University and CoELIB, noting in one voice that such opportunities is a way of not just impacting on individuals, instead, creating value to the community and empowering youths (students).000