Seven Seas CEO encourages University students to innovate and venture into entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship and innovation are key ingredients in any developing nation’s growth, Seven Seas Technologies Company CEO Mr. Mike Macharia told university students during the First Innovator-Investor Forum that was held at Technical University of Kenya.
The CEO emphasized that global trends are rapidly shifting what human beings and the environment demands. “It is up to the young minds particularly university students and graduates to harness technology to innovate solutions for individuals, companies, institutions among others,” said Macharia.
Mr. Macharia who is also the chairperson of ICT Outsourcing Authority and a member of the World economic forum for young leaders told participants that many young people who have taken a chance on innovation, and self-employment are doing extremely well while providing solutions to the world.
The Seven Seas CEO narrated how he too begun his entrepreneurial journey at the age of 25 by developing a technology solution for Rwanda International Airlines and now has a business that operates in over 11 countries globally. He challenged the students to think innovation while still young and to actively search for every available opportunity, giving an example of M-Pesa which is a homegrown innovation now spreading across the globe.
“One should have passion for whatever he or she intends to do and not solely focus on making profits from the get go. Think about problems you need to solve and don’t let other people think for you, learn to come up with new ideas and create new things that have not been done before, things that will create job opportunities, wealth and improve the economy,” added the 45 year old CEO.
The Forum that was themed, “Propelling innovations in ICT, Engineering and Architecture geared toward achieving vision 2030”, saw participation from stakeholders representing various industries; Miss Eunice Kariuki- MD- ICT Authority of Kenya, Kelvin Majau-CEO Urithi Housing Co-operative Society Limited, Mr. Justus Mbithi-Deputy Director-Renewable Energy, Ministry of Energy, Mr. Machira Gichohi- MD Agricom Resource Center, Mr. Kevit Desai- MD Centurion Systems, Catherine Njoki-Marketing Manager Institute of Software Technologies, Captain Clifford Obara-Head of Administration Capital Connect Aviation and Miss Caroline Ndanu-CEO, Cubic Print and Design Limited.
The investor forum is organized by TU-K’s Schools of Mechanical and Process Engineering (SMPE), Infrastructure and Resource Engineering (SIRE) and the School of Computing and Information Technologies (SCIT).