StartUpNow Entrepreneurs Hangout, a new monthly entrepreneurs’ event organized by Wilkings Fadhili was held last weekend at Ford Hall-National Museum, Kenya. The hangouts culminate into a continental entrepreneur's summit, which will take place later in the year.
The first hangout event which was on 24th February brought together entrepreneurs from different sectors coming together to network, share experiences, challenges and had inspiration moment from the top guest entrepreneur Suzie Wokabi-Founder and CEO of SuzieBeauty Ltd, one of Kenya's most successful entrepreneurs.
In 2013, Suzie received a finalist award for the Most Influential Women in Business & Government in Africa.
At the end of 2015, Flame Tree Group acquired the brand. The brand now has the ability to increase reach, and has gained a partner that will help the brand get to the next level and implement all planned strategies.
Additionally, the company plays a key role in the fashion, beauty, media and bridal industries and has established a seasonal school where aspiring local make-up-artists can learn this valuable skill. Suzie Wokabi is the Chief Creative Officer and Brand Ambassador of SuzieBeauty at The Flame Tree Group.
“My three key secrets to success are passion, patience and perseverance. These keep me going and even though I sold out a major part of the business, I still play a key role and there is nothing better than seeing the brand has grown so far. It is all about taking a risk. It is not easy to break into or be successful, success stories all revolve around extreme passion.” Said Suzie Wokabi.
The concept behind StartUpNow Entrepreneurs Hangout is to create a community of both established and upcoming entrepreneurs who come together to network, create partnerships, share experiences /challenges, learn from each other and create conversations that revolve around solving top challenges faced in Africa and at the same time move their companies to sustainability.
“There are many young Kenyans with brilliant ideas and young companies, what we lack is an opportunity to interact with like minded entrepreneurs, imagine the number of solutions that are created by just five startups coming together. Numerous! I hope this will steer us into boosting the now increasing self-employed youth in Kenya.’ said Wilkings.
The event also involved the Writers Guild Kenya who took part in critiquing entrepreneurship and careers in the current day. As entertainment, the attendees were also entertained with spoken word poems to music the Writers Guild Kenya.
The first Hangout had over 70 entrepreneurs in attendance, the group aims at having eight more hangouts in the year and one major international summit which will be held in November uniting all budding entrepreneurs and speakers. The program is steered by Wilkings Fadhili, a fashionpreneur, founder of StartUpNow and CEO of Fashion Torch Africa and Safaricom's BLAZE BYOB mentor . Wilkings Fadhili was also listed top 40 under 40 Kenyans in 2015.