In a record of firsts, the first winner of the 2015 Zambian Young Entrepreneur of the Year competition was announced today. The winner was 24 year old Andrew Nguvu, whose business “Village Chickens” impressed the judges with innovative ways to procure, process and package live birds directly from rural dwellers through to commercial outlets. Andrew won $6000 to start his business and will be mentored through the important first year of his business.
The Young Entrepreneur winner was selected from ten finalists and 350 competition entrants who participated in a national young entrepreneur competition during June and July. The ten finalists included three women entrepreneurs.
This was the first year that the Young Entrepreneur Competition has been run by Zambia2050 and it is targeted at inspiring and mentoring young entrepreneurs starting up in business for the first time.
The Permanent Secretary, Siazongo Siakalenge on behalf of the Hon. Margaret Mhango Mwanakatwe, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry commended the winner, Andrew Nguvu and the Young Entrepreneur competition organisers. The Minister said, “The launch of the Zambia2050 business conference represents a landmark achievement in the history of the country, business community and indeed the church. This is undeniably a historic occasion not only for the entrepreneurs but also for us in the commerce trade and industry ministry and indeed, for the nation as a whole as it is targeted at addressing the peculiar needs of entrepreneurs or small businesses.”
Zambia 2050 is a vision to raise up the next generation of Zambian leaders by 2050 and to support young Zambians in starting up their own business.
Newfrontiers in Zambia, which brings together business and community leaders to mentor future Zambian leaders, hosted the Zambia 2050 conference. Newfrontiers International is an international family of over 1000 churches operating in over 60 countries, including 40 churches here in Zambia.