The search for the region’s best entrepreneurs has reached the definitive stage, with the naming of seven finalists, among whom four are women.
The short-listed business people are to compete in the Eastern Africa chapter of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards (EOYA), which fetes entrepreneurs based on their entrepreneurial spirit, financial performance, strategic direction, community impact, innovation and personal integrity.
The winners of the regional edition organised by corporate services firm EY will be named on March 27 at a gala dinner.
The finalists are competing in two categories: Master, which is for business people whose achievements have made them world-class entrepreneurs, and the Emerging category for individuals who are building young businesses with high potential.
Ashok Shah of Kenyan insurer, Apollo Investment, Abid Alam of Ugandan firm Alam Group, Jennifer Riria of Kenya Women Holding and Manoj Shanker of Techno Brain made the cut in the Master category, in the awards, which are based on nominations from the public.
In the Emerging category, Jullian Nyamuhange-Omalla of Delight (Uganda), Esther Muchemi of SAMCHI Group and Jyoti Mukherjee of Software Technologies will be fighting for the crown.