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Friday, September 17, 2010

Virtual City turns heads at Nokia

... by winning the Growth Economy Venture Challenge. Founder John Waibochi gets to take home a handsome cheque for US$ 1,000,000 in what will be remembered as a watershed moment in SME history. In all his dealings Waibochi epitomizes the modern entrepreneur with tenacity and creativity in the face of a society that clings to tradition. One thing that is not discussed enough in business forums nowadays is how difficult it is to overcome the average Kenyan’s inherent mistrust of any ‘new way of doing things’. To understand it we probably have to go as far back as our school life where innovation was stifled and stereotypes reinforced by a rigid syllabus and outdated ideals. Virtual City’s achievement needs to be celebrated because apart from providing a solution that will improve the lives of rural people, it also a resounding endorsement to the SME’s belief that you can do anything you set your mind to. Yes We Can!

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