VENTURE FOR AFRICA
Venture for Africa is an immersion program and talent community designed to immerse top local and global talent in the African startup ecosystem.
We enable experienced talent who might be new to the startup space or the particular market they’re looking to enter, to soft-land and gain context while working with a startup that's hiring.
THE VFA EXPERIENCE
Whether you're looking for your next challenge or planning a major career move, becoming a Venture for Africa Fellow gives you a unique opportunity to gain startup experience and local industry knowledge while contributing to meaningful impact at a leading African startup.
Are you ready to #TaketheLeap?
HOW IT WORKS
Get Matched: Apply and get matched with a VFA startup partner in your area of interest.
Get Immersed: Spend 3 months in this role, during which you will be immersed in the local context, get plugged into the right networks, and get to understand market nuances.
Get Working: Work on real project deliverables for your assigned startups while being paid a stipend.
Get Hired: While full-time roles are not guaranteed, you are fast-tracked through ordinary application processes for available full-time roles with the startup post the fellowship
Curacel's mission is to make it easy and pleasant to get & use risk protection in emerging markets.
They are building the rails to make insurance work for the next billion people in emerging markets.
Curacel creates APIs that enable insurers to connect with digital distribution channels and administer their claims cost-effectively.
Their products include:
Curacel is looking for a sales and customer success expert who will work closely with the CEO to drive the team towards revenue growth and define new market expansion plans. In its simplest form, the role of the Growth Manager will be to understand Curacel’s business, KPIs, and help the team generate revenues by sealing partnerships with medium to large size insurers and insurance brokers in the company’s key markets.
You must develop a comprehensive understanding of the insurtech landscape, and have the ability to recommend growth strategies that will impact the bottom line.
Day-to-day activities will include leading market expansion research and presenting findings to Curacel’s leadership team, participating in partnership meetings, and assisting in business operations including leading and coordinating contract negotiations.
Above all, Curacel is looking for someone who has a proven ability to wear different hats, hack away with little direction to get things done, and someone who can think outside the box.
Develop, implement, and maintain sales activities and plans
Create and maintain the Curacel sales pipeline
Build and maintain long-term relationships with current clients and their management teams by providing information, guidance, and support; recommending service and profit improvements; and recommending new opportunities.
Lead, coordinate and close contract negotiations with new and existing partners
Analyze sales metrics to determine whether current sales strategies are effective.
Collect and analyze information and prepare data and sales reports.
Gather feedback from customers or prospects and share it with internal teams.
Reports to: CEO
5+ years of experience in B2B sales and/or B2B customer success experience (preferably in an African market)
Experience selling enterprise software
Experience building trust and partnerships with interdisciplinary teams and external clients and their stakeholders
A high degree of digital fluency using cloud-based office tools such as GSuite, CRMs, team collaboration tools (such as Asana), and other web-based applications; ability to incorporate these tools into day-to-day work
Exceptional written and verbal communication skills with an ability to articulate and synthesize information in a compelling and organized manner
Self-directed individual with a value for autonomy and freedom at work. Comfortable translating high-level goals into an actionable plan and can execute with minimal oversight
Venture for Africa is a fellowship program designed to fill talent gaps in Africa’s startup ecosystem by enabling top local and global fellows to access opportunities with leading startups in Africa. Our flagship 3-month fellowship program combines on-the-ground experience offering localized context, expert mentorship, and real project work at leading startups hiring now. Launched in 2020, our mission is to accelerate economic growth and technological innovation in Africa by mobilising the next generation of startup talent and equipping them with the experiences and context they need to meaningfully contribute to elevating businesses and livelihoods in Africa.
May 2020We launched on this date announcing open applications for our inaugural cohort, the Venture for Africa Remote Fellowship; matching skilled global talent with leading, African tech startups via a 3-month immersion program.
June 2020Our inaugural fellowship kicked off with 5 fellows working across 3 startups in Nairobi, Kenya
November 2020Recruitment drive for VFA Cohort 2
January 2021Following 350+ applications, our second cohort kicked off with 4 additional fellows and a new partner in Lagos, Nigeria