Esaja.com has been recognised as a Kairos 50 (K50) company, claiming it’s place amongst the most innovative ventures from around the world created by entrepreneurs under 25 years old.
According to Clinton Dale Mutambo; Esaja.com’s founder & Chief Esajan, “We’re elated to be recognised by as prestigious a collective as Kairos Society. Our journey has just begun, As young Africans, we’re committed to the growth and development of our continent. This honour is dedicated to the many businesses, partners, and people that have bought into our vision of connecting Africans to growth opportunities beyond their immediate markets ” Mutambo went on to emphasise that breaking down African borders was key to the continent’s very development, pointing out that cross border trade is the key to securing the continent’s development.”
This year, Kairos Society selected it’s Kairos 50 from over 1,000 technology ventures & 43 countries. The Kairos 50 will now have the opportunity to unite with executives from leading corporations, such as Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Sprint, Cisco and GE Ventures, and over 100 mentors,including Lynn Tilton (CEO, Patriarch Partners), Adam Cheyer (Founder, Siri), Mark Dybul (Executive Director, Global Fund), and Richard Rosenblatt (Chairman and CEO, Demand Media).
Since the 2013 Global Summit, Kairos Fellows have raised over $43M in funding, six companies have been acquired, and 22 have joined top accelerators to move big ideas forward. “The Kairos 50 represent some of the most brilliant ideas that young entrepreneurs are conceptualizing and developing to solve some of our world’s greatest challenges,” said Alex Fiance, President and CEO of Kairos Society.
The Kairos 50 were selected based on the following criteria:
- Must be an emerging leader within their field and community, looking to impact future generations
- Must showcase breakthrough ideas with the vision, focus and drive to disrupt entire industries
- Must have scalable solutions that have the potential to impact billions of people around the planet
- Must be ready to showcase solutions to the world at the Kairos Global Summit
A full list of K50 members can be found at http://bit.ly/k50reveal.
Founded in 2013 in one of the world’s toughest markets (Harare, Zimbabwe), Esaja.com is an online platform that connects businesses across the African continent to latent opportunities beyond their immediate markets. It brings small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) and large businesses together on the platform to exchange real time trade leads. Esaja.com is driven by the belief that the biggest opportunities for African businesses are within Africa. This is a belief that is shared by the World Bank, the Africa Development Bank and the UN’s Economic Commission For Africa amongst others. 7 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world are African, Esaja.com’s stated and defined mission is to ensure that African businesses can tap into this growth, ultimately boosting the continent’s job creation & development efforts.
About Kairos Society
‘Kairos transcends [international] boundaries because in our interdependent world, there are no borders when it comes to the pressing issues that we all face.” — Bill Clinton, 42nd U.S. President
Founded in 2008, Kairos Society supports young entrepreneurs as they innovate from idea to execution to solve problems and scale impact. From regional forums hosted by local Kairos student teams to the Global Summit hosted by Kairos HQ, Kairos regularly convenes its community to learn about local ecosystems and help young entrepreneurs build market-ready businesses with the support of global corporations, mentors and universities. For more on the Kairos Society and the Global Summit, please visit http://vimeo.com/73872367 and http://kairossociety.org/.