After a very successful 2016, the BLAZE BYOB 2.0 is set to be bigger and better! Just a quick look at how far BYOB has come. We started with the Mentorship Summits that were held across six different towns in the country. These Summits attracted more than 40,000 youth; of whom over 700 auditioned for the first season of the BYOB TV Show.
The reality TV show, the first of its kind in the country, encompassed 12 contestants each with a passion of their own and a unique business idea. The contestants were faced with real life business challenges that saw them grow their skills with every episode. The crowned winner was 19-year-old Fashion Designer, Valentine Nekesa; who walked away with Ksh.5 million. The first-runner up was budding Music Producer Safe Joe, who walked away with Ksh.1 million and second-runner up was Social Entrepreneur, David Kimani, who walked away with Ksh. 700, 000.
All the other contestants also got to walk away with a cash reward to plough into their businesses.
The BYOB Summits this year are going to be a little different. It starts with a Pre-screening phase, where BLAZERs present their business ideas to the mentors. Thereafter, they get to qualify for a two-day training session called Creation Camp. Here, the mentors take them through an in-depth training conference of how to pitch, develop and expand on their business ideas. At the end of this, the BLAZERs pitch their refined business ideas with the learnings from the Creation camp.
The ones with the best business plan and pitch, get to win Ksh. 100,000 at the Summit. There will be 7 winners, each from the different passion pods i.e Agriculture, Creative Arts, Film and Photography, Technology, Music, Fashion and Retail and Manufacturing.
You know what’s new this year too? The mentors! Check them out here.
Keep it locked here to get updates of the first Summit of the year, taking place at the Meru National Polytechnic Grounds. You know how we always got your back if you are not at the location, you can watch the #BYOBMeru Summit live, here.