This year Joseph Deitch, the chairman of the Elevate Prize Foundation stated that this year 12 winners were selected instead of the usual 10 because of the uniqueness of the individuals.
“I want them to reach their potential and they all have massive potential, passion and purpose,” Deitch stated.
The competition acknowledges leaders and entrepreneurs on a mission to drive change together and improve overall social good.
As a result each winner will receive Ksh 62 million ($500,000) sub dived into a Ksh 37.2 million ($300,000) unrestricted grant to help them with their work and an additional Ksh 28.8 million ($200,000) in support services to help reach a wider audience.
“We are excited to announce the 2023 Elevate Prize Winners. A tenacious group of leaders, visionaries, and activists on a mission to solve some of the world’s most critical challenges,” stated the organizers of the award.
Wanjiku’s Clean Start Solutions works with women and children affected by the criminal justice system, with the aim of restoring dignity and hope for their reintegration.
Cheboi’s organization recycles computers to create tech laboratories in Kenya. She was also named CNN Hero of the Year in 2022.