Job at Akilah Institute Rwanda: Start Up Fellow

Job at Akilah Institute Rwanda: Start Up Fellow

Organization Description:

Are you ready to revolutionize education across sub-Saharan Africa? Join us! We are pioneers in developing innovative educational products for the African market. We’re on a mission to prepare students to solve the world’s most pressing challenges through a lens of opportunity and sustainability. 

We’ve built our reputation on delivering high-quality, market-relevant education for women at our campus in Rwanda. Our unique model leverages technology, competency-based education, and personalized learning to offer a radically different academic experience that puts graduates on the fast track to success. Ninety percent of our alumnae are employed within six months of graduation, and they earn, on average, 12x Rwanda’s national median income.

We opened our doors nearly a decade ago. Now we’re leveraging our experience to scale our proven model across the continent: We’re increasing enrollment, opening new campuses, and offering a suite of other educational products to reach young learners and working professionals.

Our academic pillars (21st-century skills, personalized learning, innovation, ethical leadership, and sustainability) will serve as our guiding light during this phase of rapid expansion. They define every program that we offer. We’re committed to delivering a transformative learning experience that equips students with the knowledge and tools to balance vibrant economies with a healthy environment to create a future of abundance for all. Will you join us?

The Position:

Are you looking to kick-start your career while getting to know an extraordinary and fun African destination? Do you want to combine travel and adventure with building your global network of business contacts? Are you passionate about the global startup world?

The Akilah Institute is entering an exciting new phase of long-term institutional sustainability and thus has launched a new department called New Ventures. This team is responsible for generating new streams of revenue through a systematic and nimble process of internal innovation and entrepreneurship. We are looking for a motivated individual to help us with the business planning and research process, and learn how entrepreneurship works in practice!

The Fellow would work closely with the Director of New Ventures on the Akilah campus, and virtually with the Managing Director.

Roles and responsibilities:

  • Conduct research
  • Assist in development of brainstorming sessions
  • Develop business plans and financial models
  • Develop evaluation tools for the iteration process
  • Liaise with stakeholders and customers critical to venture launches

Desired Skills & Qualifications

  • Currently pursuing or recently graduated from an MBA or related master’s program
  • Exceptional writing skills
  • Financial modelling experience/background
  • Confident about ability to learn from open source evaluation tools and adapt one tailored for NV use
  • Get things done quickly
  • Energetic, organized and motivated to learn
  • Strong skills in Google Drive, Microsoft Office, Internet research



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