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Uncategorized By Jessica Colaço / June 17, 2012

The Village Capital Nairobi Programme @ The GrowthHub™


Do you have a start-up with an innovative product or service that can create growth in Kenya, Africa and possibly the whole wide world? Then we are interested in you!

Village Capital Nairobi is a 20-week programme from August–November 2012 for Kenya’s most promising and innovative entrepreneurs in the fields of mobile & web, green tech and essential services (education, health & water/sanitation). As a participant you will join a group of like-minded peers, receive expert coaching on how to accelerate the growth of your company and network with strategic partners and investors who can scale your venture. At the end of the programme, two start-ups will receive USD 50,000 investment each with a twist: you the entrepreneurs will decide who among the participating start-ups will get the pre-committed capital.

The programme will be hosted by and run at The GrowthHub™ by GrowthAfrica. It will comprise of 6 three-day workshops which will focus on key areas of enhancing your business and helping you together with your fellow entrepreneurs’ analyse it from different angles. Subsequent to each workshop, identified improvements will be implemented with the support from a carefully selected group of experienced mentors.

A nominal programme participation fee will give you access to training materials and key business tools as well as food, drinks and refreshments during the 6 workshops. Furthermore the programme will grant you access to:

  • Multiple public events organized by Village Capital and GrowthAfrica that will give you a forum to promote your venture and gain support
  • A place in the Village Capital global network, which has run 14 programmes in eight cities to date worldwide (San Francisco, Mumbai, London, New Orleans, Sao Paulo, Boulder, Atlanta & Shanghai) and led to over USD 10 million investment in over 150 companies
  • Access to a wide network of mentors and advisors who will be working with you closely and frequently
  • Opportunity to pitch your company to a group of investors from the US, Denmark and Kenya, who will be available at the DEMO days
  • Opportunity to be hosted at The GrowthHub at reduced prices for the duration of the programme

Applications are due June 30th 2012 on

If you have any questions about the application process or the Village Capital Nairobi programme @ The

GrowthHub, please visit our website to get information/details or email us at You can follow us on twitter: @GrowthHubAfrica

Author : Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and Entrepreneurship in Kenya as she uses her position at iHub to court local, regional and international stakeholders to adopt Kenyan-made and African-made solutions. As an upcoming angel investor, she courts local and international investors to invest in great tech ideas and companies at idea and concept stage. She is also a Mobile and Robotics Tech Evangelist, Co-Founder of WMIAfrica and AkiraChix, ISOC-Kenya Chapter, Treasurer, ACM-W Nairobi Chapter Chair, TED Global Fellow 2009 and upcoming Guitarist. She was named one of the top 40 women under 40 years in Kenya's business scene by Business Daily on 2009, 2011 and 2012. Her endeavour is to put Kenya and Africa on the map for technology achievements and spur innovation within the country and continent! She blogs at:

  • The Village Capital Nairobi Programme @ The GrowthHub™ | InnovationAfrica at 14:51:09PM Monday, June 25, 2012

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  • JOSEPH MUCHIKA at 09:29:32AM Saturday, July 7, 2012

    I’ve just discovered this programme “The GrowthHub”, I have innovative start-up that will contribute positively to economic growth in Kenya but the dateline for registration is past. What can I do?


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