By Sheilah Birgen
  Published 12 Jan 2018
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The iHub has been serving the tech entrepreneurship community by connecting organizations and people since 2010. In 2016; with the support of the World Bank, we launched Traction Camp, a regional acceleration program to identifying capable digital entrepreneurs in East Africa and to assist them to realize their transformative potential, through a rapid-cycle competitive curriculum, and match them quickly to appropriate world class mentors and coaches.

The objectives of Traction Camp program are, to:

  1. Support rapid refinement of business models towards scalability and expansion
  2. Facilitate human capital development among core startup team members
  3. Increase investment readiness of entrepreneurs
  4. Enable startups to design effective monetization and customer acquisition strategies

By bringing sectoral and experienced experts as mentors, making available crucial industry, technical and business knowledge to entrepreneurs, and exposing them to regional and/or international investors, the program positions entrepreneurs for investment readiness and scaling. How do we do this? We use intensive virtual mentoring and coaching before residential program, a face-to-face residency in Nairobi hosted at iHub and months of follow up mentoring and coaching, with the intensity decided based on each entrepreneur’s performance and needs.

iHub is looking to enhance its existing pool of mentors for the traction camp program in 2018. These professional mentors have industry experience, covering a wide range of expertise. They are experienced professionals, entrepreneurs and investors willing to share insights on their success or failure experiences with impact focussed entrepreneurs. Mentorship is on voluntary engagement.

We are looking for mentors that have the following profile:

  • Understanding of operating and business environment.
  • Experience in investing in companies in Africa or other emerging markets
  • Experience in internationalization of a product and/or international markets
  • Professional expertise in key business areas including: Culture, Communications, Marketing/PR, Finance, Accounting, IT, legal, HR... etc
  • Good communication skills in English
  • Interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence
  • Experience in building digital companies in Africa is preferred
  • Access to professional networks including investors, corporates, NGOs and Government in East Africa and beyond
  • Ability to commit 4-5 hours per month as needed.
  • Optional attendance of the residential one week boot camp in Kenya.
  • Mentoring in volunteering terms.

To be a mentor, please APPLY HERE

Traction Camp has been accepting applications for the second cohort of startups. The final deadline is 15 January 2018 (With a possibility on extension for the 21st) . The program is backed by the World Bank Group’s infoDev program and supported by the governments of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Kenya.


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