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Alumni founded social enterprise helping East African businesses

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The Africa Venture team at work

A social enterprise founded by Bath alumni has completed its first impact consulting projects in Nairobi. Tom Fairburn and Toby Hanington graduated with a BSc in Business Administration in 2014.

New Venture Africa external website connects high calibre business talent with innovative start-ups in Saharan Africa. Over 60% of start-ups in East Africa are unable to grow their customer bases due to a lack of business skills

The team is currently recruiting for their next set of projects in June and August. Recruits benefit from unique business experience and the chance to develop entrepreneurial and project management skills.

The organisation supports entrepreneurs that use innovation and technology to solve the region's most pressing social problems. Currently they are focusing their efforts on healthcare, education, agri-business and microfinance.

New Venture Africa recruited six consultants from London and New York for their first project. They spent two weeks working tech start-ups Wayo and Study in Kenya to deliver in-depth analysis and strategic plans.

Tom said:

We learnt a huge amount from our pilot projects, and validated the demand for strategic advice amongst start-ups in Kenya. We are excited to see what impact our recommendations have over the next few months.

We are working hard to scale our model as quickly as possible and to give start-ups across the region access to pro-bono strategy consultants.

To find out more and get involvedvisit www.newventureafrica.com external website

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