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Speaking on Thursday evening when Unilever announced the winners of IdeaTrophy, a marketing strategy competition, she urged the private sector to increase their linkage with institutions of higher learning to ensure they produce graduates relevant to the job market.
IdeaTrophy sought to tap creative marketing ideas from university students.
The best team in the competition, launched on May 22, came from Maseno University.
Moraa Osoro, Isaac Ouko, and Elizabeth Thiaka whose idea of selling Rexona products in value packs was voted the best, walked away with iPads and the grand prize of a sponsored tour of Unilever South Africa.
The competition attracted 512 teams, each with three members, drawn from Maseno, Egerton, Moi, Kenyatta University, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, USIU, University of Nairobi, Daystar and Strathmore.
The task was to develop a marketing strategy to get their fellow students to buy and use Rexona and make it part of their daily grooming package.
“We got diverse ideas ranging from use of technology, loyalty schemes, sampling among many others,” said Ellen Bvekerwa, HR Director East and Southern Afr?ca.
Kamar said the completion provided learning for the students and stimulated enterprise.
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She said the future of Kenya’s growth and competitiveness will depend on the capacity to innovate, adding that the Government was promoting this through the Vision 2030 economic blueprint.