The VFA Experience
Whether you're looking for your next challenge or planning a major career move, Venture for Africa gives you a unique opportunity to gain startup experience and local industry knowledge while contributing to meaningful impact at a leading African startup - with the potential for a full-time role.
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ACCESS TO EXPERT MENTORS
VFA mentors have experience in African markets, as well as in the specific roles our startups are looking to fill. These mentors will lead virtual workshops throughout the program and guide fellows during their journey, in an effort to set them up for success.
EXPERIENCE AT A LEADING AFRICAN STARTUP
Dive in and begin working on deliverables at fast-growing African startups that are hiring now. Our fellows are expected to hit the ground running with specific projects assigned by partner startups from the beginning, while gaining access to senior executives who will provide feedback on their work.
Following the 3-month VFA program, both parties can discuss the potential for a full-time role with our startup partners, and talent will be fast-tracked through ordinary application processes.
How does it work?
After applying on our website, select candidates will be scheduled for an initial phone interview
Candidates will find out if they’ve been shortlisted for the project and their profile recommended to the startup partner.
Successful applicants will be offered a spot in the VFA cohort, and be asked to sign a candidate agreement.
Get placed (remotely) with a VFA partner
You will spend an initial 3 months with a VFA partner, during which you will work on outlined deliverables, be immersed in the local ecosystem and receive training from expert VFA mentors while gaining an understanding of market and industry nuances.
Receive a stipend
Candidates will receive a stipend for their work for the duration of the program. Note that the stipend amount is not indicative of what a salary might be if the candidate was to be offered a full-time role with the startup.
Apply for a full-time role
Following the program, candidates may apply for open full-time roles at participating startups, and will be fast-tracked through ordinary application processes.
The Ideal Candidate
Candidate requirements are typically specific to the fellowship position in question, with roles ranging from product to strategy, marketing, growth, strategic finance, and analytics.
However, as a general rule of thumb, we look for individuals:
with 4+ years of professional experience in any core discipline.
who are available for 20-25 hours a week for an initial 3 months to work with one of our partner startups.
who are also keen on/open to transitioning into working with tech startups on the continent full-time.