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In an exciting development to boost its East African expansion, the Jasiri Talent Investor programme has included Ethiopia along with Rwanda and Kenya in its search for a third cohort. Fifty-five aspiring entrepreneurs will be selected for the fully-funded programme, and supported to bring their business ideas to life.
Jasiri’s one-year programme is powered by Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropies (AGGP). Aspiring entrepreneurs meet equally ambitious co-founders and are supported to build thriving businesses – from idea generation to venture creation.
Brian Simiyu, a 2021 Jasiri fellow, describes it as an exceptional programme that provides you with world-class facilitators who help you develop your idea, and a brains trust team who support you to assess your business opportunity case. He says, “You also get to meet co-founders and build a team to create the next market-leading innovation.”
Roselyn Marandu-Kareithi, country lead of Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropies in Kenya, emphasises how Jasiri is a transformative journey that empowers aspiring entrepreneurs.
“Our programme focuses on aspiring entrepreneurs and we are committed to supporting them in transforming their ideas into impactful ventures. Are you a brave entrepreneur? We are ready to support you to achieve your dreams. Apply today and experience this remarkable journey!”
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High potential individuals who demonstrate exceptional entrepreneurial drive will be selected and provided with the tools, resources and guidance they need to launch high growth ventures including funding, intensive coaching, mentoring, and linkages with industry experts.
They will first undergo an online program to introduce them to business and entrepreneurship essentials as well as industry research. Fellows will then join an intensive residential program where they will form teams, put together ideas, test and validate them.
“We are excited to open applications for our third cohort and look forward to recruiting aspiring entrepreneurs across Rwanda, Kenya and Ethiopia. We believe responsible entrepreneurship is at the centre of community transformation. We encourage young achievers who aspire to realise their entrepreneurial aspirations to apply,” says Aline Kabanda, Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropies’ country director in Rwanda.
To date, Jasiri has enrolled two cohorts of aspiring entrepreneurs from Rwanda and Kenya in its Talent Investor programme. The second cohort will start the residential part of the programme in Kigali, Rwanda on Tuesday, 5 July 2022 and embark on a journey
of business development.