In 2014, Sunrise Tracking was recognized as African Startup of the Year by CNN.
Kelvin “Kevo” Macharia Kuria was born in June 1990 in Nakuru, Kenya. As a student at Nakuru High School Kelvin was distressed by the ants, cockroaches, and flies that would make their way into his dorm room. He began to experiment with mixing extracts from shrubs that might deter the invaders and wound up inventing an effective organic insecticide called ALOEMEXHOT when he was just 17 years old. His invention of an environmentally-friendly, organic pesticide led to Mr. Macharia being one of 12 finalists for The Next Big Thing competition. This was quite an achievement given that there were over 3,200 applicants vying for the opportunity to share their ideas with potential investors and venture capitalists.
The managing director of the Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) was one person attracted by Mr. Macharia’s work. Another was the senior patent right examiner at the Ministry of Industrialization, who helped Mr. Macharia to patent his invention.Mr. Macharia went on to complete a diploma in Entrepreneurship and Leadership from the prestigious and highly selective institution, the Africa leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa and to graduate from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce with a specialization in Operations Management.READ MORE