The Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES2015) Nairobi has knocked at the Kenyan door, and there is a huge amount of excitement in the air. The East African economic powerhouse can never have a better opportunity to showcase to the World what mettle it is made of.
According to a recent World Bank evaluation, Kenya's economy, estimated to have grown by 5.4% in 2014 and now projected to grow by 6% in 2015, is emerging as one of the fastest growing economies on this side of Africa, supported by lower energy costs, investment in infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and other industries.Read more...
The many challenges that stood in the way of George Wachiuri's earlier start-ups did not dampen his hopes of becoming a successful businessman. Today Mr Wachiuri, the CEO of Optiven Limited Investments, can look back at the hurdles which dogged him for more than 15 years with a smile. This is because the real estate developer has earned prestigious accolades over time.
They include the company's surprise ranking as the overall winner in the Top 100 mid-sized companies 2014/15 edition. Optiven was also the best real estate company in the mid-sized category. Mr Wachiuri's journey to the top was strewn with hurdles. He described the path through his previous 15 enterprises as depressing, stressing but also rewarding. He recalls a time when he sold his property to refund a client's money after making a Sh5 million loss in a deal gone sour.Read more...
How do feel now that Optiven has been named the best mid-sized company of 2014?
The achievement of Optiven attributed to God's favor,staff,our esteemed customers and our committed financiers.We are feeling the pressure of giving better services to our clients.Our business is to settle Kenyans and empower all potential investors to own their own properties.We thank God for the win and we are confident that this win has demonstrated that we are focused on creating more jobs for our youth and we are determined to serve our clients with honesty,professionalism and giving them an investment solution at all times.
George Holds the Top 100 Company of the Year Award
Can you shed some light on your family and education background?
I am an Entrepreneur, Author, Motivator, Philanthropist, Family man, Lecturer and an Astute Businessman. I also serve in the Church as an Elder. Entrepreneur of the year (1997) U.O.N. I am the founder of Optiven Limited, Overall Winner of the Top 100 KENYA Mid-Sized Companies 2014/2015. Optiven Ltd was awarded the best Real Estate Company in Kenya 2014/15. Optiven has employed over 50 staff and has a target of employing 15,000 in the next 15 years.