The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) Youth and Women Day event held yesterday in Nairobi, Kenya. Around 150 established youth and women entrepreneurs along with investors, speakers, and leaders in the entrepreneurship space joined the event. The event gave once in a life time opportunity to the select group of youth and women entrepreneurs to share their success stories, take part in skills training, participate in a pitch competition, and hear from dynamic speakers including Akon, Coca-Cola Africa CEO Susan Mboya, Peggy Clark of Aspen Institute, Rosemary Momanyi of Google, Thione Niang of Akon Lighting Africa, world renowned chef José Andrés, Fubu Founder Daymond John, Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi, and more.
These innovative entrepreneurs also joined by high-level U.S. Government officials, including Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Administrator of the Small Business Administration Maria Contreras-Sweet, Acting Administrator of USAID Alfonso Lenhardt, Ambassador at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Catherine Russell, and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel.
The GES Youth and Women Day was supported by the U.S. Government in partnership with the Government of Kenya and the Global Entrepreneurship Network.