Kenya’s growing technological pursuits have coincided with a surge in entrepreneurial endeavors, particularly, among the country’s innovative youth. Tesh Mbaabu is a young Kenyan tech entrepreneur, having started several successful companies almost immediately after completing his degree in Computer Science from the University of Nairobi in 2015. Notably, Mbaabu’s ventures into the technological sphere commenced prior to earning his degree; having started Tesh Technologies Limited, a creative design and printing agency, at the young age of 18. He was recognized as one of the Top 25 under 25 Entrepreneurs in Kenya in 2015. The young tech whiz was also nominated for Techpreneur of the Year by FOYA awards. Sadly, his age has sometimes been deemed a hurdle he admits, stating,he has faced “older people constantly doubting his abilities to perform.” Although, those sentiments change promptly as soon as they see him in action.
Mbaabu’s prolific portfolio of tech endeavors includes not only his primary business, Mesozi Inc., a software technology company, he also cofounded Cloud 9 Africa, an online marketplace for experiences and adventure-themed merchandise. The bulk of Mbaabu’s businesses appear to be centered on either business solutions or adventure including service-based sites, Tenderpreneur.net and MarketForce coupled with Olooseos Adventures & Resort, an adventure camp and nature park. Mbaabu recognizes that he is part of a growing movement of entrepreneurial spirit in Kenya and finds himself empowered by that energy, stating, “Africans are actively working on solutions to problems that are affecting Africa today….We have brilliant minds and are definitely headed towards an amazing future!”
In addition to monitoring and managing his businesses, Mbaabu is committed to sharing what he’s learned on his journey with others. On his personal blog, Mbaabu shares inspiration and stories from his life as a young African business mogul. A recent post spoke of the importance of innovation in business and laid out a three-step innovation process for businesses with a captivating tagline, “Be BOLD or italic, but never regular.”
You might think that Mbaabu has more than enough on his plate to keep him busy, and while that’s true, he’s also eagerly searching for the next big thing. Surely, whatever he pursues next is sure to enrich the growing entrepreneurial scene in Kenya and throughout Africa.