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Cytonn’s Ehub Forum Connects Investors And Entrepreneurs To Business And Funding Opportunities

December 9, 2016

Cytonn Foundation, the corporate social responsibility (CSR) affiliate of Cytonn Investments, hosted the annual eHub Forum, which connects entrepreneurs in Kenya with funding opportunities from investors. The forum held at the Sarova Panafric was the first of its kind, which saw eight entrepreneurs with businesses in diverse fields pitch their businesses to an investors panel that included Chandaria Industries CEO, Darshan Chandaria, Cytonn’s Chief Investments Officer, Elizabeth N. Nkukuu, CFA, Investment Director at Novastar Ventures, Niraj Varia, Founder and Director, Bluegrass Solutions, Josephine Macharia, and Founder and Director, Start to Greatness, Shiko Kimani.


From Left to Right - Investment Director at Novastar Ventures, Niraj Varia, Founder and Director, Start to Greatness, Shiko Kimani, Chandaria Industries CEO, Darshan Chandaria, Founder and Director, Bluegrass Solutions, Josephine Macharia, Cytonn’s Chief Investments Officer, Elizabeth N. Nkukuu, CFA

Investment Director at Novastar Ventures, Niraj Varia, who was part of the review panel noted, “entrepreneurs need to be sharp people, who are flexible and resilient, as well as being aligned and committed to their business. If an entrepreneur has these, I can work with them.”


Investment Director at Novastar Ventures, Niraj Varia

The Cytonn eHub Investors forum themed “Start Sharp and Thrive” held at Sarova Panafric, saw three entrepreneurs secured funding for their businesses during the forum. The top pitch by Bryan Lukhano, founder of Biogen Kenya secured Kshs. 100,000; the second by Everlyne Owiti who is the founder of FirmStart Playschool secured Kshs. 50,000 and the third spot went to Kristine Gichuhi, founder of Kristy Farms, who secured Kshs. 25,000.

Lukhano, the winner of the award noted, “patience always pays, entrepreneurship journey is full of hardships but with perseverance, you will always succeed.”