President Uhuru Kenyatta has hailed MKU founder Dr. Simon Gicharu as a model entrepreneur and a showcase of Kenya’s entrepreneurial success for the upcoming Global Entrepreneurial Summit, 2015.
Speaking in State House, Nairobi, President Kenyatta spoke of the resolve of Kenyan entrepreneurs, adding that it is among the world’s best. “It is that very same resolve which drove Dr. Simon Gicharu, founder of Mount Kenya University and Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2014,” he said at the Press Conference.
“Kenya’s reputation for innovation and enterprise is fully deserved. It is our habit to rise in the hope of bettering ourselves, and our country. That is what led many of our young men and women to go the United States even before independence,” the President added.
US President Barack Obama is the co-host of the conference, which is being held for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa.
“Our innovators and entrepreneurs have certainly earned the honour of the summit. We will honour them in turn if we welcome our guests with our customary hospitality, and if we represent our nation and our continent as well as we are able,” added President Kenyatta.
Dr. Simon Gicharu thanked the President for recognizing MKU as a model institution. “This is a very good step in supporting entrepreneurial acumen, which is in Kenya’s DNA.”
Dr Gicharu started MKU nearly two decades ago, using a seed capital of only Ksh20,000 (USD200). Now, his brainchild is the largest private institution of higher learning in Eastern and Central Africa, with a student population of about 50,000.
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