There is an aura of calmness that one gets on meeting him for the first time. A welcoming personality that attracts immediate friendship. It is only after he starts to speak that one gets to learn that behind the calm face is an inspirational person who seems to speak words of wisdom far beyond his age. An inspirational social entrepreneur, Victor Amos has been fascinated with how to empower the youth and bring social equality in society.
As a professional accountant and a strategic management enthusiast, he is constantly scanning and discovering new ways to impact society, help others, and satisfy his appetite for learning. Victor founded I Am An Entrepreneur Kenya out of his passion for the youth as a platform for inspiration to the next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders. We had a chance to speak to him.
Please tell us about yourself.
My name is Victor Amos. I am an entrepreneur who looks for ways, albeit small, to improve our society and empower the youth. Some of my friends refer to me as a serial entrepreneur because I have had the opportunity to try my hand at several business startups…however I would not define myself as a serial entrepreneur in the strict sense of the word.
How, when and why did you start your enterprise?
‘I Am An Entrepreneur’ is an idea that was born on 4th June 2016 out of the desire to offer the youth actionable advice and relevant information for entrepreneurship learning. I was captivated with the stories of young successful entrepreneurs. There was great potential among the youth that could be exploited to create great sustainable enterprises. There was need to champion entrepreneurship as the most sustainable solution to the problem of youth unemployment.
This led to the founding of I Am An Entrepreneur Kenya, an online platform that advocates for an entrepreneurship culture among the youth and celebrates the success of young entrepreneurs in Kenya, with the goal of having more young entrepreneurs whose enterprises solve the problem of youth unemployment. I believe that every person has the ability to achieve incredible things in this life and time is too short to waste the opportunity to make it happen.
What is the idea behind the name of your enterprise?
The name ‘I Am An Entrepreneur’ helps to push forward our ideology that every person who seeks to device ways to solve a societal problem and at the same time meet a societal need is indeed an entrepreneur. The name defines who these young entrepreneurs really are…entrepreneurs! They are entrepreneurs in their own rights whatever kind of enterprise they start.
Where do you see I Am An Entrepreneur Kenya in 5-10 years?
My vision is to see more young people build successful businesses that help solve the problem of youth unemployment. I see ‘I Am An Entrepreneur’ creating an impact in society, uplifting the lives of the youth and empowering young entrepreneurs to succeed. I see the level of youth unemployment going down due to more youth owned enterprises being setup.
What motivates you to keep doing what you do?
I get motivation from the fact that the youth are getting inspired and empowered to create new jobs so as to help reduce joblessness.
What would you say are the key elements for one to start and run a successful enterprise?
The key elements are focus, commitment and networking. One needs to focus on the vision of the enterprise and remain true to their mission and vision. To succeed an entrepreneur needs to commit their time, effort and energy in seeing the success of the enterprise. Finally any entrepreneurs understands the value of networking as a platform for learning and social engagement. An entrepreneur should network with other entrepreneurs to learn ways to improve their enterprise and grow themselves.
What advice would you give to youth seeking to venture into business?
If you have a desire to get into business…go ahead and try your hand at business. Take the first step and do that which you desire to do. As they say…take the leap of faith. But seek a mentor to offer you guidance and remain true to your goals. Remember…try, try, try then when you have gotten it right…learn, learn, learn!
What advice do you have for other young entrepreneurs who look up to you for inspiration?
Entrepreneurship is not a walk in the park. It may be difficult, some may discourage you and at times you might find yourself walking alone…remember to remain focused on your vision. At the end of the road, you will realize you have a few ‘dents’ here and there, and at that time you will reflect and appreciate how far you have come. It is then that you will realize that you made it because you believed in the one person who could never give up on you…yourself!
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