VENTURE FOR AFRICA
Venture for Africa offers a 3-month immersion program 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 or venture fund that's hiring.
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 venture.
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 startup 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 after the experience.
Startup Partner:Peach Cars
Peach Tech Limited aims to revolutionize the way cars are bought and sold across Africa.
They've launched a marketplace purpose-built to connect buyers and sellers of used cars in Kenya in new and exciting ways, but have their sights set on bigger and better things:
to build an ecosystem around buying, selling, owning and maintaining cars in Africa and prove to the African customer that they deserve - and can have - more!
Peach Cars are at a unique point their the development and growth trajectory wherein they have a need for a skilled early to mid-career professional to join them to help scope out, prioritize and then execute on a number of strategic projects.
These projects will see the successful candidate working with the company's leadership as well as internal and external stakeholders to attempt to answer strategic questions and make a mark through the design, development, and implementation of systems and processes to enable Peach Cars to realize the growth they know is possible.
Sample Strategic Projects
- Referral program -
98% of Peach Car's sales come from referrals. They know this is a critical channel, yet they've never quite gotten a referral program to work the way it ought to. This project will entail working with internal and external stakeholders to identify and/or action:
- Registration as a valuer -
Vehicle valuation is a major source of revenue and, more importantly, a way for the team to build its brand vis-a-vis visibility and mindshare in the market. They are interested in becoming a certified valuer, to tack onto their offering of inspections-as-a-service, and believe they have all the requirements met, however, they need to confirm this and then action it, folding it into their operations, marketing/branding, etc.
This project will require one to:
- People / talent development
- Knowledge management and documentation
Reports to: Co-founders
5+ years of professional experience in business operations, with some experience in technology, and/or marketplaces
Operational creativity to think about how to develop and sustain an organization
A willingness to roll up your sleeves and help the team get work done as they are a growing organization
Experience in strategic planning and data-driven decision making, using facts, metrics, and data to guide strategic business decisions
Strong influencing and stakeholder management skills with existing, or the ability to quickly establish, strong relationships with stakeholder individuals and groups at all levels across the firm
An innovative mindset with a willingness to execute fast and tactically
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