President Ruto congratulates four 'hustlers' for winning KSh120 million

for Tv47 Digital September 21, 2022, 05:58 PM
Hult Prize award winners
St. Paul University students Lennox Omondi, Dullah Shiltone and Brian Ndung’u receive the award in New York. PHOTO/COURTESY

President William Ruto has congratulated four Kenyan university students for scooping KSh120 million in the global Hult Prize. 

Lennox Omondi, Keylie Muthoni, Dullah Shiltone and Brian Ndung’u are students at St. Paul's University. They are founders of  Eco-Bana Ltd., a start-up that makes biodegradable sanitary pads using banana fibre. 

They received the prestigious award on Tuesday evening at a glamorous event held in New York, US. 

"Congratulations to Eco-Bana, a Kenyan social venture started by four university students, that has just won the prestigious Hult Prize and a cash award of 1 million dollars," says President Ruto in a tweet.

"The prize is awarded to entrepreneurs who strive to tackle pressing global issues through innovation...This is the Hustler Spirit that we are keen to support."

The Kenyan students edge out a competitive field from around the world to walk away with $1 million. PHOTO | COURTESY

The awarding coincided with the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting. Former US President Bill Clinton delivered the keynote address.

Hult Business School congratulated the Kenyan quartet: “The Hult 2022 Prize was such a joyful celebration of innovation and sustainability in business. All our finalists did incredible pitches today, but there could only be one winner. Huge congratulations to Eco-Bana Ltd." 

The Hult Prize challenges young people around the world to solve the planet's most pressing issues through social entrepreneurship.

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