Chebet Lesan: Kenyan entrepreneur beat 22k Africans to win contest

Chebet Lesan: Kenyan entrepreneur beat 22k Africans to win contest

- Chebet Lesan is the founder of Bright Green Renewable Energy, which tackles the deforestation challenge through the design, production and distribution of biofuel blocks

- The ambitious businesswoman was among ten African entrepreneurs selected to compete in the Jack Ma Foundation's Africa Business Heroes Awards

- Besides winning the award, the youthful entrepreneur is set to benefit from mentorship set to be offered through the Jack Ma Foundation

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A Kenyan entrepreneur has won the second edition of Jack Ma Foundation-led Africa Business Heroes Awards whose aim is to identify, spotlight and support African entrepreneur heroes creating an impact in their communities and building a more inclusive economy for the future.

Chebet Lesan, the founder Bright Green Renewable Energy, beat over 22,000 applicants from across the continent to walk away with a capital injection of KSh 33 million (R4.5 million) which will boost her company's move to promote access to clean cooking fuel across Africa.

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Chebet Lesan: Kenyan entrepreneur who beat 22k other Africans to win KSh 33M in Jack Ma Foundation's contest
Chebet Lesan is transform lives through the kitchen by offering access to clean cooking fuel. Photo: Chebet Lesan.
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"After seven months of looking for heroes, we've found our top 3 finalists. Chebet of @brightgreenke has emerged winner of the 2020 ABH competition. Coming 2nd and 3rd respectively is Soga of @mdaasglobal and Ethel of @MoneyMart_mfi. We are proud of these inspiring changemakers," a tweet by Africa's Business Heroes read.

Besides winning the award, Lesan is set to benefit from mentorship set to be offered through the Jack Ma Foundation.

The foundation has committed $10 million in grant funding for 10 years to be awarded to contestants in the fields of agriculture, AI, e-commerce, fashion, healthcare, renewable energy and Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Lesan honoured

The youthful business lady said she was honoured to be named an African business heroine by the Chinese business magnate through his foundation.

"We thank all friends, families and supporters of BrightGreen who tweeted and reached out to all their connections to help us. Thank you to all the influencers who used their platforms to express their support for us. We’re honoured," Lesan acknowledged.

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BrightGreen is a vertically integrated biofuel company, tackling the deforestation challenge through the design, production and distribution of biofuel blocks.

It's solar driven facility has a monthly capacity of 30,000 kilos and employs 20 people, 50% of whom are women.

Stiff competition

The ambitious businesswoman was among 10 African entrepreneurs selected to compete in the Jack Ma Foundation's Africa Business Heroes Awards, as reported in October.

The 10 finalists represented eight African countries including Kenya, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Jack Ma who is the founder of Alibaba and the Chairman of First bank Nigeria Ibukun Awosika were on the final judging panel where finalists presented their ventures as well as their vision and leadership profile during the grand finale pitch which was done online.

Briefly.co.za previously reported that a young lady identified as Jumoke recently got social media buzzing after she broke up with her boyfriend of two years.

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In a screenshotted post shared by Sheyi on Twitter, the boyfriend, Femi, asked her why she had been ignoring him, and the conversation which led to the breakup followed.

Jumoke stated that she was tired of managing and pushing things and she needed to live her best life as she had been faithful to Femi.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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