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Talent

Work with Africa's
fastest-growing startups

Supporting fast-growing companies like

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TALENT

FIND YOUR DREAM ROLE

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. 

STARTUPS

ACCESS TOP TALENT
 

For companies seeking a sustainable pipeline of quality mid to senior-level talent, becoming a Venture for Africa partner means access to skilled fellows that can hit the ground running, deliver key results, and potentially stay on as full-time team members.

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How might we forge a connection between startups operating in Africa who need talent more than ever, and skilled individuals around the world looking for the right opportunity to devote their passion, skills and time - right now? 

Tobi Lafinhan | Co-Founder, Venture for Africa

HOW VFA WORKS

Step 1

VFA works with startup partners who are looking to hire mid to senior-level talent across product, finance, data and growth-focused roles.

Step 2

We evaluate the best fit from our talent pool which is made up of skilled local African and global talent who want to transition to working with high-growth startups.

Step 3

We take qualified candidates through our selection process and provide our startup partners with a shortlist of prospective fellow profiles to review and interview top candidates.

Step 4

Successful candidates are given fellowship offers by VFA and matched with a startup partner for 3 months, during which they work on outlined deliverables and receive a monthly stipend.

HEAR FROM PREVIOUS FELLOWS

Soft landing into tech

As someone who was interested in the continent but kind of didn’t know where to start, this program was a perfect fit that gave me a soft landing.

Joel Burke

Growth

Joel Burke

2021 VFA Fellow

Real responsibilties

The fellowship puts you in a live working situation with a company that is actively hiring.
It’s not hypothetical like it might be in a classroom or other kinds of fellowships where you’re put in some sort of sandbox.

Annette Kamau

Product Management

Annette Kamau

2021 VFA Fellow

Finding opportunities

Instead of looking for a growth-stage startup myself and then seeing if they had a need and where I could possibly fit in, it was great to be able to share my profile with VFA and have them share relevant opportunities with me.

Gabriella Savage

Strategic Finance

Gabriella Savage

2021 VFA Fellow

From corporate to startups

With over a decade-long career working with leading global brands in the corporate sector, this fellowship presented me with a pathway ‘back to the classroom’ to experience my professional journey afresh. This time from the perspective of a startup.

Olivia Kimani

Marketing

Olivia Kimani

2020 VFA Fellow

Mentorship and guidance

I really valued the mentorship experience at VFA. As I had first started and run my own startup and was making the transition to employment, I felt I needed some guidance and help through that process.

Dennis Chang'ach

Product Analysis

Dennis Chang'ach

2021 VFA Fellow

Making transitions easier

I’ve always worked in very established organizations, so the thought of leaving that structure was a lot to consider. With VFA, though that potential transition to startups that would still ultimately come with a lot of uncertainty, I had a base that supported me in that transition.

Titlola Feyijimi

Strategy & Ops

Titlola Feyijimi

2021 VFA Fellow

Building from the diaspora

VFA was a cool way to test out working on problems back home in Africa. It was an opportunity for me to get a lens into how innovative companies solving hard problems on the continent operate, their challenges, and their bright spots.

Kes' Modukanele

Product Management

Kes' Modukanele

2021 VFA Fellow

Experiencing new industries

As a software engineer with experience in the edtech space, I was keen on applying my skills in a different sector. The fellowship gave me an opportunity to work with an innovative startup in the insuretech field.

Robert Ndung’u

Software Engineering

Robert Ndung’u

2020 VFA Fellow

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