THE VFA FELLOWSHIP

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. 

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.

REAL RESPONSIBILITIES

Dive in and begin working on real deliverables at startups on the ground in Kenya (our flagship market), who have talent gaps to fill, now. Fellows will 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.

FULL-TIME OPPORTUNITIES

Fellows will have an opportunity to apply for a full-time role with our startup partners at the end of the program, and will be fast-tracked through ordinary application processes.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Venture for Africa offers an immersive, 3-month-experience during which fellows will work on real and impactful projects assigned by high-growth startups in Sub-Saharan Africa while improving their skills and gaining valuable in-market experience.

Application
Week 1

After applying on our website, select candidates will be scheduled for an initial phone interview. 

Week 3

Find out if you’ve been shortlisted for the project and your profile recommended to the startup partner.

Week 6

Successful applicants will be offered a spot in the VFA cohort, and be asked to sign a Fellow agreement.

Placement
Get placed (remotely) on your project

It’s your chance to receive in-depth training specific to your field, the market you’re working in and the industry in which your assigned startup operates.

Mentorship Sessions
Attend workshops

Attend workshops led by experienced mentors from around the world throughout your journey in the program

Stipends
Receive a stipend

Receive a stipend for your work for the duration of the program.

Apply full-time
Apply for a full-time role

Following the program, VFA fellows may apply for open full time roles at participating startups, and will be fast-tracked through ordinary application processes.

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MEET OUR FELLOWS 

2021 VFA Fellow

Sokowatch

Gabriella recently graduated from the Dartmouth MBA program. Her fascination with technology and how it reimagines the future led her to a career in venture capital and working with startup founders on strategic finance activities.

2021 VFA Fellow

Carbon

Arjun has a background in entrepreneurship, founding and scaling companies in India and the Middle East. He has held roles as a Product Manager at r3, a London-based enterprise blockchain firm, and as an Associate at a VC investing in tech companies in MENA.

2020 VFA Fellow

Sokowatch

Wanjiku is a problem solver with skills in financial and economic modelling, market research, regulatory economics and market sizing.

2020 VFA Fellow

Sokowatch

Angelina is an IT professional and entrepreneur with over 8 years experience providing support to technology users and consulting for small businesses looking to leverage on IT for growth and sustainability.

2020 VFA Fellow

Turaco

Olivia is an integrated marketing communication expert with over 20 years experience in the field. During this time, she has taken on many roles including creative director, senior copywriter, BD Manager and General Manager.

2021 VFA Fellow

Carbon

Kesaobaka is currently a first-year MBA candidate at the Stanford GSB. She is originally from Botswana with a background in management consulting, technology and public health. She’s developed an increasing desire to understand the finance world and its intersection with tech and other sectors.

2021 VFA Fellow

Sokowatch

Dennis is an avid learner dedicated to working on meaningful and innovative solutions that create impact and drive business value. He previously co-founded an agri-tech startup where he worked on developing and delivering hardware and software products to smallholder farmers.

2020 VFA Fellow

Turaco

Robert is a full stack web developer with expertise particularly in the Kenyan edtech space. He has 5 years experience in the field working as a CTO, network engineer and remote backend developer.

2020 VFA Fellow

Sokowatch

Nabila is an MBA student at the Columbia Business School with a penchant for data analytics and software engineering.

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