Bizna Young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA) is an initiative by Bizna Group LLC. YEA seeks to provide a platform for the recognition, showcasing and celebration of successful Young Entrepreneurs in Kenya based on their business performance, profitability, quality of products or services and relations with suppliers and customers among others.

The second edition will commence on 29th August 2019 and culminate in a gala event to be held on 29th November 2019 in Nairobi. Young entrepreneurs who meet the set criteria will be invited to apply for nomination and provide information to support their application.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Application is open to Kenyan young entrepreneurs aged below 35 as at 29th November 2019.
  2. The businesses should be registered with Government of Kenya.
  3. The Company must have been in operation for at least two years.
  4. The Company should be compliant with relevant government agencies (registered and having the necessary licenses)

How to Enter

The process is divided into three phases:

Phase I – Nominations Phase

The nominations procedure entails two key activities:

  1. Application – Applications must be completed online and submitted via the YEA 2019 website in accordance with the Bizna YEA 2019 terms and conditions.
  2. Endorsement – Applicants will be required to share a link to suppliers and customers to endorse them. Endorsements will form part of the judging criteria and will contribute to the overall scoring for each nominee.

Phase 2 – Judging Phase
Judges will review applications based on the criteria below. The panel of judges will constitute institutions and/or organizations involved with youth entrepreneurship in Kenya.

Judging Criteria

Nominees for the Bizna YEA 2019 will be shortlisted under the following criteria.

  • Nominee profile – 25%
  • Business registration/formalization – 15%
  • Endorsements – 10%
  • Public vote – 50%

Phase 3 – Voting Phase

Voting will be open to the public. There will be one winner in every category and 2 winners in the Male and Female Young Entrepreneur of the Year categories.

The Young Entrepreneurs Awards Story…

  • Bizna Kenya is a marketing and enterprise development services provider for small businesses. We work with Small and Medium Enterprises to improve the product offering, business processes and ultimately, their bottom line.
  • Among these is a significant number of young entrepreneurs who own and run successful businesses across Kenya.
  • To honour their efforts and inspire them to become better, Bizna Kenya created the Young Entrepreneurs Awards (YEA).
  • The first edition was held in 2018 which saw Michelle Ntalami (Marini Naturals) and Pancras Karema (Expedition Maasai Safaris) emerge as the top winners.
  • YEA is open to business owners below 35 years old (as at 29th November 2019) who have attained significant success in their businesses.

YEA Objectives

The challenges inspire young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA) that young people and in particular, young entrepreneurs face. There is a growing number of young people leaving colleges and universities than ever before.

They are equipped with skills and competencies, but they lack spaces and opportunities to exercise them due to the shrinking job opportunities.

Further, they harbour grand ambitions to change the world and make something of themselves but are constrained by prevailing economic circumstances.

YEA Objectives

  1. Recognise and award the best of the most successful young entrepreneurs in different sectors of the economy.
  2. Promote sound business practices and highlight challenges facing the youth in business.
  3. Connect businesses with ecosystem enablers.
  4. Promote the use of digital channels to manage and grow youth-owned businesses.

Our Reason For Reaching Out To You…

As Bizna Kenya, our vision is to partner with media partners and sponsors to make the dreams of Kenya’s young entrepreneurs come true.

Through this partnership, we hope to achieve the following:

  1. Mobilise at least 30,000 young entrepreneurs to apply for Bizna YEA 2019 nomination.
  2. Communicate the Bizna YEA 2019 critical messages to the public.
  3. Drive conversations that promote youth entrepreneurship growth and development.
  4. Document the Bizna YEA 2019 journey.
  5. Provide coverage for the Bizna YEA 2019 nomination, judging and gala event.

What is in it for you?

  • An opportunity to interact and engage with the young consumers of your products and services.
  • Publicity, media exposure and top of mind brand awareness through mainstream media (radio, TV and print) covering YEA.
  • Create and increase awareness of your brand and products via Bizna websites and social media accounts.
  • Opportunities to convert leads to customers and acquire new customers through the sustained YEA campaign.
  • Be part of the premier youth business awards program and fidelity with the youth who form over 60% of the Kenyan population.
  • Contribute to youth empowerment and youth entrepreneurship promotion activities in Kenya.
  • Contribute meaningfully to the Governments Big Four Agenda.

Partnership Categories

1. Nomination partner

Nomination partnership does not attract any charges. Partners are mandated to mobilise qualified candidates among in their communities to apply for nomination. The nomination partner who assembles the highest number of applicants will be awarded.

2. Nomination sponsors

Nomination partners sponsor sponsors applicants by paying the requisite 1,000 nomination registration fee. The minimum sponsorship is for 25 applicants (25,000).

3. In-kind partners

In-kind partners contribute goods and services towards the success of Bizna YEA 2019 success.

Partner benefits include:

  • Media mentions.
  • Presentation of awards to winners during the gala dinner.
  • Content, social media and email blast exposure on Bizna Kenya properties.

Category Sponsor

Sponsorship Amount: KES.250,000

Benefit:

  • A representative from the sponsor to present an award in the sponsored category.
  • Mentions on leading television, radio and print media outlets.
  • Two email blast to over 100,000 contacts in our database.
  • One marketing and promotion articles on Bizna Kenya.
  • One month banner placements on the Bizna Kenya Website at a 50% discount.
  • Two weeks of a media campaign on Bizna Kenya social media pages.

Silver Sponsor

Sponsorship Amount: KES. 1,000,000

Benefits:

  • Activation space in 2 full days YEA business clinics, cocktail and nomination mobilisation events in either Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret, Machakos and Nairobi.
  • Publicity on leading television, radio and print media outlets.
  • Three email blast to over 100,000 contacts in our database.
  • Logo placement on all YEA communication and advertisements.
  • Logo placement on all YEA promotional material.
  • Two marketing and promotion articles on Bizna Kenya.
  • Two-month banner placements on the Bizna Kenya Website.
  • Three weeks of a media blitz on Bizna Kenya social media pages.
  • Time allocation for a speech during the gala event
  • Presentation of the top award.

Gold Sponsor

Sponsorship Amount: KES. 1,500,000

Benefits:

  • Activation space in 4 full days YEA business clinics, cocktail and nomination mobilisation events in either Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret, Machakos and Nairobi.
  • Publicity on leading television, radio and print media outlets.
  • Two email blast to over 100,000 contacts in our database.
  • Logo placement on all YEA communication and advertisements.
  • Logo placement on all YEA promotional material.
  • Three marketing and promotion articles on Bizna Kenya.
  • Three-month banner placements on the Bizna Kenya Website.
  • Six weeks media campaign on Bizna Kenya social media pages.
  • Time allocation for a speech during the gala event
  • Presentation of the top award.

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsorship Amount: KES. 2,500,000

Benefits:

  • Activation space in 6 full days YEA business clinics, cocktail and nomination mobilisation events in Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret, Machakos and Nairobi.
  • Publicity on leading television, radio and print media outlets.
  • Four email blast to over 100,000 contacts in our database.
  • Logo placement on all YEA communication, advertisements and promotional material.
  • Four marketing and promotion articles on Bizna Kenya.
  • Four months Banner placements on the Bizna Kenya Website for.
  • Eight weeks of media campaigns on Bizna Kenya social media pages.
  • Time allocation for a speech during the gala event
  • Presentation of the top award.
  1. YEA is open to all young entrepreneurs below 35 years as at 29th November 2019.
  2. Applicants should own at least 70% of the business presented for YEA.
  3. The business should have commenced operations before 1st September 2019.
  4. Entry is 1,000 per category.
  5. Applicants may enter for more than 1 category. Each entry must be submitted on a separate entry form.
  6. All entries, as well as supporting documents, must be submitted online.
  7. Queries should be directed to the organizers.
  8. A sponsor cannot enter to win an award in the category that they are sponsoring.
  9. The comments made on the application form should be accurate to the best of the applicant’s knowledge.
  10. The Judges who are well-respected experts in their field will be selected by the organizers.
  11. The Judges reserve the right to move your application to another category or to add you to another category.
  12. The Judges’ decision is final.
  13. By entering YEA, the applicant agrees to the organizers, partners and sponsors having access to the contact details provided.
  14. Entrants must be willing to provide information requested by Judges should the need arise.
  15. By entering the YEA, the applicant agrees to partake in publicity of the awards, including the use of any images taken.
  16. Should a category not receive sufficient entries, the organizers reserve the right to withdraw it from the awards process.
  17. Entries will only be accepted via the online form.
  18. Entry is completed solely by filling the application form, there will be no site visits.
  19. Registration opens at 12:01 on 30th August 2019 and closes at 12:00 on Friday 11th October 2019.
  20. Organizers reserve the right to extend the deadline.
  21. All finalists will be required to attend the Gala Event evening at their own cost.
  22. The Gala Event will take place on Friday 29th November 2019.
  23. Refund policy – Gala Event fees, 50% is refundable within 10 days before 29th November 2019.
  24. By entering YEA, the applicant authorizes the organizers to use personal data collected during the registration process for the purposes of administering the awards. Organizers will send or circulate further information regarding the awards and other relevant events from time to time. To opt out please email [email protected].
  25. All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be disclosed to anyone other than the panel of judges.
  26. Official contacts for YEA are:
    1. Email – [email protected]
    2. Phone – 0722529685
    3. Website – www.yea.co.ke
About the Awards

Bizna Young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA) is an initiative by Bizna Group LLC. YEA seeks to provide a platform for the recognition, showcasing and celebration of successful Young Entrepreneurs in Kenya based on their business performance, profitability, quality of products or services and relations with suppliers and customers among others.

The second edition will commence on 29th August 2019 and culminate in a gala event to be held on 29th November 2019 in Nairobi. Young entrepreneurs who meet the set criteria will be invited to apply for nomination and provide information to support their application.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Application is open to Kenyan young entrepreneurs aged below 35 as at 29th November 2019.
  2. The businesses should be registered with Government of Kenya.
  3. The Company must have been in operation for at least two years.
  4. The Company should be compliant with relevant government agencies (registered and having the necessary licenses)

How to Enter

The process is divided into three phases:

Phase I – Nominations Phase

The nominations procedure entails two key activities:

  1. Application – Applications must be completed online and submitted via the YEA 2019 website in accordance with the Bizna YEA 2019 terms and conditions.
  2. Endorsement – Applicants will be required to share a link to suppliers and customers to endorse them. Endorsements will form part of the judging criteria and will contribute to the overall scoring for each nominee.

Phase 2 – Judging Phase
Judges will review applications based on the criteria below. The panel of judges will constitute institutions and/or organizations involved with youth entrepreneurship in Kenya.

Judging Criteria

Nominees for the Bizna YEA 2019 will be shortlisted under the following criteria.

  • Nominee profile – 25%
  • Business registration/formalization – 15%
  • Endorsements – 10%
  • Public vote – 50%

Phase 3 – Voting Phase

Voting will be open to the public. There will be one winner in every category and 2 winners in the Male and Female Young Entrepreneur of the Year categories.

Partnership

The Young Entrepreneurs Awards Story…

  • Bizna Kenya is a marketing and enterprise development services provider for small businesses. We work with Small and Medium Enterprises to improve the product offering, business processes and ultimately, their bottom line.
  • Among these is a significant number of young entrepreneurs who own and run successful businesses across Kenya.
  • To honour their efforts and inspire them to become better, Bizna Kenya created the Young Entrepreneurs Awards (YEA).
  • The first edition was held in 2018 which saw Michelle Ntalami (Marini Naturals) and Pancras Karema (Expedition Maasai Safaris) emerge as the top winners.
  • YEA is open to business owners below 35 years old (as at 29th November 2019) who have attained significant success in their businesses.

YEA Objectives

The challenges inspire young Entrepreneur Awards (YEA) that young people and in particular, young entrepreneurs face. There is a growing number of young people leaving colleges and universities than ever before.

They are equipped with skills and competencies, but they lack spaces and opportunities to exercise them due to the shrinking job opportunities.

Further, they harbour grand ambitions to change the world and make something of themselves but are constrained by prevailing economic circumstances.

YEA Objectives

  1. Recognise and award the best of the most successful young entrepreneurs in different sectors of the economy.
  2. Promote sound business practices and highlight challenges facing the youth in business.
  3. Connect businesses with ecosystem enablers.
  4. Promote the use of digital channels to manage and grow youth-owned businesses.

Our Reason For Reaching Out To You…

As Bizna Kenya, our vision is to partner with media partners and sponsors to make the dreams of Kenya’s young entrepreneurs come true.

Through this partnership, we hope to achieve the following:

  1. Mobilise at least 30,000 young entrepreneurs to apply for Bizna YEA 2019 nomination.
  2. Communicate the Bizna YEA 2019 critical messages to the public.
  3. Drive conversations that promote youth entrepreneurship growth and development.
  4. Document the Bizna YEA 2019 journey.
  5. Provide coverage for the Bizna YEA 2019 nomination, judging and gala event.

What is in it for you?

  • An opportunity to interact and engage with the young consumers of your products and services.
  • Publicity, media exposure and top of mind brand awareness through mainstream media (radio, TV and print) covering YEA.
  • Create and increase awareness of your brand and products via Bizna websites and social media accounts.
  • Opportunities to convert leads to customers and acquire new customers through the sustained YEA campaign.
  • Be part of the premier youth business awards program and fidelity with the youth who form over 60% of the Kenyan population.
  • Contribute to youth empowerment and youth entrepreneurship promotion activities in Kenya.
  • Contribute meaningfully to the Governments Big Four Agenda.

Partnership Categories

1. Nomination partner

Nomination partnership does not attract any charges. Partners are mandated to mobilise qualified candidates among in their communities to apply for nomination. The nomination partner who assembles the highest number of applicants will be awarded.

2. Nomination sponsors

Nomination partners sponsor sponsors applicants by paying the requisite 1,000 nomination registration fee. The minimum sponsorship is for 25 applicants (25,000).

3. In-kind partners

In-kind partners contribute goods and services towards the success of Bizna YEA 2019 success.

Partner benefits include:

  • Media mentions.
  • Presentation of awards to winners during the gala dinner.
  • Content, social media and email blast exposure on Bizna Kenya properties.

Category Sponsor

Sponsorship Amount: KES.250,000

Benefit:

  • A representative from the sponsor to present an award in the sponsored category.
  • Mentions on leading television, radio and print media outlets.
  • Two email blast to over 100,000 contacts in our database.
  • One marketing and promotion articles on Bizna Kenya.
  • One month banner placements on the Bizna Kenya Website at a 50% discount.
  • Two weeks of a media campaign on Bizna Kenya social media pages.

Silver Sponsor

Sponsorship Amount: KES. 1,000,000

Benefits:

  • Activation space in 2 full days YEA business clinics, cocktail and nomination mobilisation events in either Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret, Machakos and Nairobi.
  • Publicity on leading television, radio and print media outlets.
  • Three email blast to over 100,000 contacts in our database.
  • Logo placement on all YEA communication and advertisements.
  • Logo placement on all YEA promotional material.
  • Two marketing and promotion articles on Bizna Kenya.
  • Two-month banner placements on the Bizna Kenya Website.
  • Three weeks of a media blitz on Bizna Kenya social media pages.
  • Time allocation for a speech during the gala event
  • Presentation of the top award.

Gold Sponsor

Sponsorship Amount: KES. 1,500,000

Benefits:

  • Activation space in 4 full days YEA business clinics, cocktail and nomination mobilisation events in either Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret, Machakos and Nairobi.
  • Publicity on leading television, radio and print media outlets.
  • Two email blast to over 100,000 contacts in our database.
  • Logo placement on all YEA communication and advertisements.
  • Logo placement on all YEA promotional material.
  • Three marketing and promotion articles on Bizna Kenya.
  • Three-month banner placements on the Bizna Kenya Website.
  • Six weeks media campaign on Bizna Kenya social media pages.
  • Time allocation for a speech during the gala event
  • Presentation of the top award.

Platinum Sponsor

Sponsorship Amount: KES. 2,500,000

Benefits:

  • Activation space in 6 full days YEA business clinics, cocktail and nomination mobilisation events in Mombasa, Nakuru, Kisumu, Eldoret, Machakos and Nairobi.
  • Publicity on leading television, radio and print media outlets.
  • Four email blast to over 100,000 contacts in our database.
  • Logo placement on all YEA communication, advertisements and promotional material.
  • Four marketing and promotion articles on Bizna Kenya.
  • Four months Banner placements on the Bizna Kenya Website for.
  • Eight weeks of media campaigns on Bizna Kenya social media pages.
  • Time allocation for a speech during the gala event
  • Presentation of the top award.
Terms and Conditions
  1. YEA is open to all young entrepreneurs below 35 years as at 29th November 2019.
  2. Applicants should own at least 70% of the business presented for YEA.
  3. The business should have commenced operations before 1st September 2019.
  4. Entry is 1,000 per category.
  5. Applicants may enter for more than 1 category. Each entry must be submitted on a separate entry form.
  6. All entries, as well as supporting documents, must be submitted online.
  7. Queries should be directed to the organizers.
  8. A sponsor cannot enter to win an award in the category that they are sponsoring.
  9. The comments made on the application form should be accurate to the best of the applicant’s knowledge.
  10. The Judges who are well-respected experts in their field will be selected by the organizers.
  11. The Judges reserve the right to move your application to another category or to add you to another category.
  12. The Judges’ decision is final.
  13. By entering YEA, the applicant agrees to the organizers, partners and sponsors having access to the contact details provided.
  14. Entrants must be willing to provide information requested by Judges should the need arise.
  15. By entering the YEA, the applicant agrees to partake in publicity of the awards, including the use of any images taken.
  16. Should a category not receive sufficient entries, the organizers reserve the right to withdraw it from the awards process.
  17. Entries will only be accepted via the online form.
  18. Entry is completed solely by filling the application form, there will be no site visits.
  19. Registration opens at 12:01 on 30th August 2019 and closes at 12:00 on Friday 11th October 2019.
  20. Organizers reserve the right to extend the deadline.
  21. All finalists will be required to attend the Gala Event evening at their own cost.
  22. The Gala Event will take place on Friday 29th November 2019.
  23. Refund policy – Gala Event fees, 50% is refundable within 10 days before 29th November 2019.
  24. By entering YEA, the applicant authorizes the organizers to use personal data collected during the registration process for the purposes of administering the awards. Organizers will send or circulate further information regarding the awards and other relevant events from time to time. To opt out please email [email protected].
  25. All information provided will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not be disclosed to anyone other than the panel of judges.
  26. Official contacts for YEA are:
    1. Email – [email protected]
    2. Phone – 0722529685
    3. Website – www.yea.co.ke

YEA Phases

  • 1. Nomination Application

  • 2. Judging

  • 3. Announcement of nominees

  • 4. Voting

  • 5. Gala Event