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#Zimbabwe Top 10 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs

Chamu Chiwanza

Chamu Chiwanza is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur and a the presidebt of the empowerment lobby group, Affirmative Action Group.

He  runs a micro-finance and micro-lending business, Cernic Financial Group. He founded The Shift. a “church for entrepreneurs”  which is a monthly platform where people meet to share and discuss business opportunities.
Wicknell Chivayo

Mr Chivayo is a Managing Director of Intratrek Zimbabwe. He has brokered multi million dollar tenders for the Zimbabwe governmebt in energy projects.
Genious Kadungure

Genius Kadungure is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of a gas company, Pioneer Gasses, which has interests in Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

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Kadungure was born in Domboshava in a family of four. He started his business career by hustling in search of a decent livelihood at the age of 17. Soon he became a middle man securing gas for domestic users. Since he had a friend who worked at the Angolan Airways offices, he quickly secured his first ever contract through his friend. After signing the contract, Kadungure followed up on many gas users and that is when his fortunes turned. Within a year in the business he was already driving and two years later he had a Mercedes-Benz S Class something considered by many locally to be a symbol of success. He went on to form, Pioneer Gasses. The company supplies gas to the commercial, industrial, public and retail sectors. The company also offers delivery services by tanker to major facilities with their own storage and also sell gas bottles in a range of popular sizes.

The mansion that Genius Kadungure built in Harare

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He went on to buy Quick Gases in Botswana in which He is currently the only shareholder.With the success of his companies he decided to add Rivonia Gases to his portfolio followed by another business initiative called City Centre Freight. All these companies fall under PIKO Trading Group, which he is a majority shareholder. Due to the increased growth and success of his businesses, he became one of the richest young Entrepreneurs in Zimbabwe.

Currently based in South Africa, what sets him apart from the rest perhaps is one of his greatest passions which is assisting children in need. This led him in being the co-founder of Celebs4Change campaign which received a lot of support from A-list celebrities from all over Africa in giving their time and gifts to children in need.Genius enjoys travelling and spending time away on islands where he can rejuvenate himself with beach views.
Walter Magaya, PHD Ministries Founder

32 year old Prophet Magaya leads one of the biggest churches in Zimbabwe with over 90 000 members and also owns and is the executive producer of a subscription television channel Yada TV.

Magaya recently completed a US$20 million hotel in Chitungwiza Harare geared for religious tourism.

Magaya also owns vasts pieces of prime land and farmland in Zimbabwe.

Emmanuel Makandiwa

At At the age of 37, what the televangelist has achieved is nothing short of phenomenal. It also shows the shifting local business landscape.
Some have since termed the phenomenon where men of the cloth increasingly tussle it out for rich pickings in the business world as gospreneurship.

Though much of his investments are under the cloak, so to speak, it is believed that Prophet Makandiwa has a controlling stake in Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed Radar Holdings (Private) Limited among other multi-million dollar businesses.

He also owns a huge stake in entertainment giant, Ster Kinekor’s franchise both in Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Estimates suggest that he also draws more than 50 000 congregants at his church services per week.

 

Uebert Angel Founder Angel Organization

Uebert Angel is the founder and CEO of SamBarkley.com, an construction company focused in UK. Today, Sam Barkley has completed over 140 projects and it is creating buildings in global cities including Birmingham UK, Johannesburg SA and Dallas US. Recently, Angel has also been described in Forbes as “one of those making multimillion dollar fortunes, these do not inherit riches they make them on their own”.

Angel has been passionate about entrepreneurship from a young age, founding his first company in high school. He sold his first property in 2006, during his times living in Manchester, England.

Spirit Embassy founder Prophet Uebert Angel claims he runs a business empire that is worth a whopping $60 million United States Dollars! He insists that the fortune did not come from the church but from legitimate business endeavours.  He said he is aware that there is a misconception that he gets his money from the church’s coffers, but the opposite is  the truth, since the church can not afford his flamboyant and lavish lifestyle.  Angel made the  shocking revelations  when he made a surprise appearance at a Business Indaba hosted by the Midlands State University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship Development on Friday.

 “I am worth more than US$60 million and I made all of that money through various business enterprises that do not include my church “I have interests in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. For the record, one of my companies is building an airport in St. Lucia,” said Prophet Angel, who arrived leading a three-car convoy comprising of his top-of-the range Bentley and two Mercedes Benz that had his security detail.

“Many people think that the church looks after me, but the truth of the matter is that the church cannot afford my lifestyle. “I have very expensive tastes and that is why I am in business and make so much money. Money makes me happy and I have lots of it. I have never been broke all my life” added the prophet

“If for some reason all my assets and business interests in Zimbabwe are taken from me, I am not worried because there are at least three other countries I can go to where I would still be a multi-millionaire,” said Prophet Angel. Prophet Angel mentioned Africa Oil and Pearl Technologies, a company he says manufactures high end mobile devices, among the several companies under his vast business portfolio.

Simbarashe Mhuriro Founder Oxygen Africa

Simbarashe Mhuriro founded Oxygen Africa in 2009 as an investment advisory company to help facilitate foreign investors in Zimbabwe.

In 2013, Oxygen Africa partnered with Swiss-based Meeco Group, a renewable energy company, to establish Oursun Energy Zimbabwe – a joint venture Independent Power Producer that specializes in the development, building, owning, and operating of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) energy projects in Zimbabwe.

The partnership ended last year. However, Oxygen Africa has raised $7 million and is currently developing two 5MW grid-connected solar plants in Zimbabwe.

Munyaradzi Gwatidzo Astro Mobile founder


Munyaradzi Gwatidzo’s story proves that it’s not how you begin that counts but how you finish.
As an orphan growing up in one of Zimbabwe’s poorest suburbs, Gwatidzo was very interested in electronics and would collect broken and discarded phones out of the litter. With three siblings to care for, Gwatidzo taught himself to repair phones. At 19 he sold his first one — a Nokia 3310.
After buying, repairing and selling mobile phones in neighboring Zambia for a few years, Gwatidzo then seized the opportunity in 2011 to build his own brand, Astro Mobile.

Today Astro is a large ecommerce company and a mobile and electronic solutions provider with branches in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania South Africa.
Astro is now setting up a manufacturing plant in Zimbabwe, a move Gwatidzo believes will set the company apart from its competition: “Other African tech players in the market just import goods from the East and sell them on the market without necessarily adding any value or addressing the day to day challenges that African people face,” he told CNN.
“Astro now provides employment to over 2,000 people and has created various downstream employment opportunities in companies that offer support services. These include packaging manufacturers, food supply companies, and construction companies among others.”

Rob Burrell, Mukuru Founder

Mukuru.com enables South Africans and Zimbabweans abroad to send money home instantly, using their credit or debit card. Instead of trudging to the nearest Western Union in the rain, you can do it from the comfort of your home for a fraction of the cost. Mukuru nows transfers money to Zimbabwe estimated at 5% of GDP of Zimbabwe per year.

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