Call for applications – JASIRI Talent investor program: (Deadline 29 January 2021)

Call for applications – JASIRI Talent investor program: (Deadline 29 January 2021)

Call for applications – JASIRI Talent investor program: (Deadline 29 January 2021)

OPENING DATE: 07 December 2020

CLOSING DATE: 29 January 2021

JASIRI, supported by the Allan and Gill Gray Philanthropy, selects, develops and funds high potential individuals who demonstrate a history of exceptional entrepreneurial action. 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 welcomes applications from aspiring Rwandan and Kenyan entrepreneurs.


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

  • Transportation from current place of residence to Kigali will be provided to each participant
  • A monthly stipend of $250 including accommodation, meals and health insurance
  • In the Validation stage, each team will receive a $3000 budget for prototyping and testing.
  • A Flight and transportation from Kigali to Nairobi will be provided to Founders choosing to establish their ventures in Kenya
  • All participants will receive a $1000 monthly stipend while they are establishing their ventures
  • Each team will receive a $7000 cash grant, plus the balance of any unspent validation budget
  • As soon as the teams have achieved product market fit, they may apply for further equity funding through the Accelerator


  • 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.


  • 29 January – Application Deadline
  • 2 February – Explorer
  • 5-16 February – Interviews
  • 22-25 February – Psychometrics
  • 26-28 February – Selection Conference


Visit and apply online by completing an online application form and entrepreneurial intent and maturity form by 29 January 2020.


For more information on the call procedures, application requirements, application assessment and selection, please see the JASIRI Talent Investor Prospectus or email : [email protected]



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