Oops, You Missed Your Chance to Meet Will.I.Am! This Kenyan Did

Well, they did not have a meet and greet. Kenya’s Papu Haroon was in the Netherlands over the weekend. Tech entrepreneur and creative innovator Will.I.Am was in Amsterdam to help select and crown the winner of the Chivas Venture 2018 – Chivas Regal’s global competition that gives away $1million in no-strings funding every year to the world’s most promising social startups.

U.K’s enterprise Change Please walked away with the greatest amount of funding, receiving $350,000 following a live pitch at Europe’s leading tech festival, TNW Conference, in front of thousands of international tech enthusiasts, investors and entrepreneurs.

The event was hosted by Richard Ayoade who is a BAFTA-winning actor, director and TV presenter. 2018 marked the 4th year of the Chivas Venture which drew over 2,600 entries from around the world.

The founder of Change Please on the far left, Will.I.Am in the middle and the other runner’s up

Kenyan finalist Papu Haroon who attended the finals event said, “I am glad to have participated in the Chivas venture competition. What I have learned through this journey will take my business to greater levels and improve the lives of the community back home.” Papu Haroon is the CEO of Kilifi Moringa.

The four other finalists to receive significant funding were: Mestic from the Netherlands ($200,000) – which converts cow manure waste into biotextiles, bioplastics and biopaper; Spain’s BraiBook ($100,000) – creator of the first Braille eReader;The Picha Project from Malaysia ($50,000), which supports marginalised communities through a sustainable food catering and delivery business; and change:WATER Labs from the USA, ($50,000) – which has developed low-cost, waterless toilets for non-sewered households and communities around the world.

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