Kevin Kuria is a Kenyan entrepreneur who has succeeded in making a name for himself in and outside his hometown Kenya in various entrepreneurial businesses. He is most notable for Sunrise Tracking, a company that provides various security options for people’s buildings and vehicles.
From an early age, Kevin Macharia Kuria always wanted to go into entrepreneurship, born on June 1990 in the town of Nakuru in Kenya he attended the Nakuru High school and it was during this time he discovered his creative thinking side.
During his time in high school he identified a problem, the school was gravely infested with ants, flies and cockroaches that always found a way into his dorm room.
It was at this point he started mixing extracts from shrubs in his own little experiment to prevent the pests from gaining access to his dorm. In the process, he ended up creating a very effective organic insecticide which he called ALOEMEXHOT. This led him to become one of the 12 finalists in The Next Big Thing competition at the age of 17.
Kevin Kuria then decided to study Entrepreneurship and Leadership and got his diploma in it from one of the most sought after schools in Africa, The Africa Leadership Academy in Johannesburg, South Africa. He went on to acquire his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce specializing in Operations Management from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Kevin Kuria first had the idea for Sunrise Tracking in the year 2011 after his relative’s automobile was stolen. He decided to put his idea into effect with only $300. The company has since grown and now has over thousands of customers on its list.
Sunrise allows people who contract them disable their stolen vehicle just with the use of a text message as well as track the vehicle’s location through an automated fleet management system.
Kevin has featured in Kenya’s largest newspaper, the Daily Nation in 2012. He was listed as one of the Top 40 men under 40 in Kenya by Business Daily Watch and was also named one of the top 30 most promising Young entrepreneurs in Africa in 2015 by the Forbes magazine. Sunrise Tracking was also recognized as the African startup of the year in 2014 by CNN.
Mr. Kevin Kuria said his inspiration for the startup was his need to turn some of the negative energy he had in his life into something positive and in the process improve security and give peace of mind to people. His vision is that one day he shall be able to grow the company in such a way that it will create more than 3000 job opportunities for various people across the world.