For Entrepreneurs

Talent Investor Program

  • Kenya
  • Applications have closed


Vacancy Description


1. Who/What is JASIRI?

JASIRI (meaning brave in Swahili) selects, develops, and funds high-potential aspiring entrepreneurs. JASIRI believes that entrepreneurial teams are at the heart of new venture creation and provides the entrepreneur with access to a diverse group of potential co-founders. JASIRI supports new ventures from idea generation to venture creation.

JASIRI is supported by the Allan & Gill Gray Philanthropy (Gray Philanthropy).

2. What programs does JASIRI offer?

JASIRI Talent Investor: The JASIRI Talent Investor is a fully-funded 1-year program that will guide program participants from idea generation, validation, prototyping, market entry to venture creation. The program will introduce JASIRI Fellows to equally ambitious co-founders and will support them on an individual, team, and business level.

JASIRI Accelerator: The JASIRI ACCELERATOR invests in and supports companies with market-creating innovations.

3. When do applications for the JASIRI Talent Investor open

Applications for the Talent Investor are now open.

4. When do the JASIRI Talent Investor applications close?

The applications for the JASIRI Talent Investor close on 29 January 2021.

5. What are the requirements of the JASIRI Talent Investor?

● A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university

● Age 25-35

● Significant experience in your field/sector

● A demonstrable history of entrepreneurial action

● A desire to learn how to ideate, validate, prototype and formalize a market-creating venture

● A desire to meet equally ambitious co-founders

● Must be a citizen of Rwanda or Kenya

● Willingness to complete the one-year fully funded Talent Investor program on a full-time basis

● Willingness to travel to Kigali, Rwanda for a period of 3 months for the residential part of the program where teams are formed, and to continue with the remainder of the one-year full-time program in either Rwanda or Kenya.

6. What if I want to apply and I do not meet some of the Talent Investor criteria, e.g. having a Bachelor’s degree, being between 25-35?

Aspiring entrepreneurs who would like to apply for the Talent Investor, but who do not meet some of the Talent Investor criteria are requested to email The Talent Investor Selection Team will respond directly regarding a process to verify your eligibility.

7. What is the content and timelines for the JASIRI Talent Investor?

● Entrepreneurship Essentials Residential in Rwanda, Kigali: March – May 2021

● Team Formation Residential Intensive: June 2021

● Prospecting Residential Intensive: July 2021

● Validation: Residential Intensive: August 2021

Please find the detail of the programme here, click on Talent Investor Guide:

8. I understand that the JASIRI Talent Investor is a fully funded program, what exactly does the program cover?

Team Formation & Prospecting: June 2021 -August 2021

● A flight and/or transportation from current place of residence to Kigali will be provided to each participant

● A monthly stipend of $250

● Accommodation, meals, and health insurance

● In the Validation stage, each team will receive a $3000 budget for prototyping and testing

Venture Creation: September 2021 – May 2022

● A flight and transportation from Kigali to Nairobi will be provided to Fellows choosing to establish their ventures in Kenya.

● Each participant will receive a monthly stipend of $1000. Accommodation and meals will no longer be provided

NB: Please note attached pdf for detail around the JASIRI Talent Investor Guide.

9. If I get selected, what would disqualify me from the program?

The following may disqualify selected candidates from the program:

During Entrepreneurship Essentials:

● A selected Fellow may decide to discontinue the program

● A selected Fellow may be disqualified due to a failure to complete Entrepreneurship Essentials

● Those who have completed the course and chose to discontinue will receive their Entrepreneurship Essentials Certificate

Residential Intensive:

If a Fellow is unable to find a team or validated idea:

● Entrepreneurship Essentials Certificate

● Monthly stipend for 3 months

● Supporting an existing Talent Investor team

● Career support services

End of Program:

● Entrepreneurship Essentials Certificate

● Experience in entrepreneurship

● Experience working in a startup team

● Career support services


● Shortened application process

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