On the 20th of March, 2016, six Kenyan out of Fifteen engineering entrepreneurs from sub-Saharan Africa had the opportunity to pitch their companies in front of a global audience of influencers as part of Pitch@Palace Africa; hosted at St James’s Palace by HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. The shortlist also included contenders for the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize 2017, held on the 23 May in Nairobi, Kenya.
Pitch@Palace is a program that offers the chance to get Tech businesses in front of a global audience of influencers who can catapult it to the next level. Established by The Duke of York, in less than three years Pitch@Palace has helped over 247 businesses grow, with some now enjoying huge global success.
Twenty-six year old Kenyan Alex Makalliwa, an aeronautical engineering lecturer, finished second after Brian Turyabagye, an engineer entrepreneur from Uganda. The third position went to Godwin Benson from Nigeria. The three entrepreneurs were selected as the winners of the Pitch and will represent their countries at the Pitch@Palace Global in December 2017.
The Entrepreneurs representing Kenya were: Joel Kariuki, Edwin Inganji, Kelvin Gacheru, Peter Mbiria, Alex Makalliwa and Fredrick Ouko representing their companies the Sisal Decorticator, Usalama, The Tank Mkononi Monitoring System, E-Con Wheelchair, Kuza Automotive and Riziki Source.