KOKO Networks is a venture-backed startup that is building a unique commerce platform for urban Africa. We have developed a suite of unique hardware and software technologies that will transform the mass-market consumer experience in Africaâ€™s cities in key verticals including energy, retail and advertising. (www.kokonetworks.com)
CleanStar Ventures is the founding investor in KOKO Networks. CleanStar is a venture development group that harnesses business and technology innovation to explore, incubate and create new ventures in frontier markets. Â KOKO Networks is also backed by family offices in Europe and the United States.
About the Fellowship Program
Since 2007, CleanStar has run an annual Fellowship Program for exceptional mid-career professionals who seek to use their insights and capabilities at the early stages of ventures.
Ideal candidates are independent thinkers, with deep general knowledge, strong relationship networks, unbounded intellectual curiosity and the desire/capacity to take real risk. They thrive in unstructured and fastâ€evolving environments, are able to synthesize core insights and challenge key assumptions, and can communicate effectively in a way that shapes the strategy for a venture.
Most candidates accepted for the Program have an excellent track record of academic, professional or personal achievement, often in a different discipline, geography or market than the one they seek to explore next in their careers.
After completion, Fellows have progressed to executive leadership or co-founding roles within CleanStar or portfolio ventures, have left to start up their own ventures, or have transitioned to executive roles with other startups or investment groups. Â Fellowships run for a period of six months, and include a stipend to cover living costs.
2016 Fellowship Program Focus: KOKO Networks
KOKO Networks has an ambitious schedule to test and then commercially launch its platform, with an initial focus on Nairobi. Â The 2016 Fellowship Program intake of three Fellows will be based in Nairobi and focused on marketing, operations and R&D.
Â Â Â How to Apply
Â Â Â Please submit CVs and covering letters to [email protected] Â Interviews will be conducted in Nairobi during May, with commencement asap.