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The Founder Institute, the world’s most proven network to turn ideas into fundable startups, is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Kenya program!

If you could use a structured process and a lifetime of support from Kenya's top investors and entrepreneurs to build a startup, then apply to the Kenya Founder Institute today.

Since 2009, our highly-structured accelerator programs have helped entrepreneurs at the earliest stages grow quickly, know what to do next, and make connections with the largest community of startup advisors.

It all starts with our renowned ‘FI Core’ accelerator, which pushes founders at the idea and pre-seed stages to reach the milestones needed for investment and sustained growth. Alumni of FI Core then receive free access to our advanced ‘Founder Lab’ accelerators for years to come, and can get matched with prospective investors in the FI Venture Network, a collection of global funds actively investing in the earliest rounds of funding. 

To celebrate the launch, the Founder Institute will host several free online startup events in Kenya, where you can learn from top entrepreneurs:

  • Build Your Brand on a Budget: The Founder’s Starter Pack: 8:00pm, Oct 16, 2023 (Africa/Nairobi):
  • Founder Institute Online Information Session:
  • Venture Trailblazers, featuring Scott Belsky (Chief Strategy Officer & EVP, Adobe): 4:45pm, Oct 17, 2023 (Africa/Nairobi):
  • Co-Founders Matchmaking: Online Networking Event: 8:00pm, Oct 23, 2023 (Africa/Nairobi):
  • Unlock over $500K Monthly Sales with LinkedIn: A Proven Roadmap: 8:00pm, Oct 30, 2023 (Africa/Nairobi):
  • The Pitch Deck Toolbox: How to Influence Your Audience: 9:00pm, Nov 06, 2023 (Africa/Nairobi):
  • How to Create a Compelling Brand Story for Your Pitch: 9:00pm, Nov 14, 2023 (Africa/Nairobi):
  • How to Budget Your Next Round of Funding: 9:00pm, Nov 20, 2023 (Africa/Nairobi):
  • [Restricted] Head Start to Funding Lab Enrollment and Q&A Session (Online Event): 9:00pm, Dec 14, 2023 (Africa/Nairobi):

The Kenya program is led by some of the region's top startup leaders, including Kitawa Wemo (Founder, MAMA Social Ventures), Njoki Munene (Business lead & Community Manager, MAMA Ventures), Nyasha Mutsekwa (Regional Executive, Adapt IT).

In addition, some of Kenya's top investors, entrepreneurs, and CEOs will be participating in the program, providing them with expert feedback and evaluation. The list of startup mentors for the Kenya Founder Institute includes:

  • Abdulaziz Omar: Founder and CEO, SaveApp Limited
  • Adeo Ressi: CEO, Decile Group / VC Lab
  • Agnel Nadida: Managing Partner, Ndindi and Nadida Advocates LLP
  • Ann Gitari: Entrepreneurship Skills Development Trainer, The Writing Agency Kenya
  • Bolanle Afuye: Head of Digital Services, TPAY MOBILE
  • Brian Maphosa: Business Coach , TBD NA NA
  • Brian Mogeni: CEO and Co-Founder,
  • Brian Ngaira: Director of Design, Made by People
  • Bruce Lucas: Founder, Olotu Square
  • Chintan Oza: Founder, Anantam Ecosystems
  • Cynthia Mburugu: Ms , Optimum Options Limited
  • Delila Kidanu: Co-Founder & COO, Koa Technology
  • Denis Karema: CEO, SokoFresh
  • Edwin Alum: CEO, Mula Export
  • Elizabeth B-Amissah
  • Erick Mokaya: Founder, Mwango Capital
  • Eunice Nyandat: CEO, MBM Labs
  • Evans Wadongo: Partner, Wadson Ventures
  • Faith Chege: Portfolio Coordintor, EEP Africa
  • Fatuma Dabassa: Founder-CEO, Urembo hub
  • Folarin Adegbemle: Senior Operations Associate, Research Evaluation and Data Team, IDInsight
  • Gbenga Owolabi: Mr., Pendaxia Limited
  • Grace Kabicho: Venture Builder Associate, Enviu East Africa
  • Ife Oyedele: Co-founder, Kobo360
  • Jan Okonji: Mr., Business Growth Solutions
  • Jean Tristan Mianze: Managing Director , Premier Three Logistics
  • Jerry Oche: Co-founder/CEO, Zowasel
  • Joanne Mutsekwa
  • Jonathan Okanlawon: Co-Founder/Board Executive , Global Croft Ltd
  • Joseph Karasha: Sr. Cloud Solution Architect , Microsoft
  • Joshua Murima: Head of Engagement & Investor Relations, Briter Bridges
  • Kanyi Ohawa: Director, All and Sundry Ltd
  • Ken Oloo: Founder and Team Lead, Filamujuani
  • Kessiena Majemite: Founder/Managing Partner, CeedCap
  • Kirumba Mwaura: Mr, MSCA ltd
  • Kitawa Wemo: Founder & CEO, MAMA Social Ventures
  • Lanre Aina, ATHLST CO. LLC
  • Lavina Ramkissoon: Africa's Voice - Chairperson and Director #aiMom, Founder Institute
  • Lemuel Abishua: Product Manager, The Room
  • Leonard Korir: CEO, MobiDev
  • Lewam Kefela: Investment Director, Partech Partners
  • Lewi Maina:, Simplex Business Solutions
  • Lilian Wambua: Operations Manager, Crosswise Works
  • Lincoln Njogu: CEO, Devs Kenya
  • Lindiwe Ngwenya
  • Linus Wahome: CEO, ManPro
  • Lujain Abbas: Legal and Compliance Lead, Lami Technologies Limited
  • Maureen Macharia: CEO, Spindle Design
  • Meghan Mc Cormick: Co-Founder & CEO, OZE, & Dare to Innovate
  • Mercy Kimalat: CEO, ASSEK
  • More Argwings Kodhek: Director of Marketing, Made by People
  • Muthoni Wachira: Founder and CEO, ABC Studio
  • Mutugi M'Narobi: Managing Director, Tanasuk Technologies Africa
  • Nafiesah Abrahams: Community Manager, MEST Africa
  • Ndambuki Mutie: Senior Lead-Talent Acquisition, M-KOPA
  • Njoki Munene: Community & Social Media Manager, Sahihi Africa
  • Noreen Likimani: Program and Project Manager, MBM Africa
  • Nurudeen Elias: Chief Operating Officer, Robert & John Ltd.
  • Nyasha Mutsekwa, Adapt IT
  • Ochieng' G. Akatch: Lawyer, Independent
  • Olusola Amusan: Founder/CEO, Coven Works
  • Oluwatomisin Ashimolowo: Strategy Consultant, Profectus Capital
  • Paul Breloff: CEO / Co-Founder, Shortlist
  • Peter Ongera: Founder Director, African Homestay and Safaris
  • Rachel Ndungu: CEO, Biashara Africa
  • Rashaan Campbell: Senior Advisor, Director of Business Development, Pumapa Capital
  • Reynolds Mwangi Mungai: Co-founder & CEO, Lukhu Inc.
  • Rohan Vaidya: General Manager, Elluminati Inc
  • Rose Mary Nakasenge Bbosa: Founder, MARBO GLOBAL INVESTMENTS LTD
  • Samson Wachira: Head of Development, Paddy Kenta
  • Sean Karanja: Founder, Project Exponential Kenya
  • Sheilah Birgen: CEO, The CoRD
  • Sheillah Nyang'ara: Founder and CEO, SNN-Realtor
  • Shiro Theuri: VP Engineering, Sendy
  • Sola Adekanye: Founder, Open Innovation Access
  • Somet Kipchilat: Program Manager, Google
  • Stephen Ojji
  • Sumaiyah Omar: Advocate, Mediator and Arbitrator , IPOA
  • Tesh Mbaabu: Founder, Mesozi Group
  • Tessie Omulo: Director, Female Founders Kenya
  • Tim Dagori: Practice Lead, Technology and Society Practice , Co-creation Hub
  • Timame Wanyoike: ., Liquid Intelligent Technologies
  • Timothy Kotin: CEO & CoFounder, Superfluid Labs
  • Tobi Lafinhan: Co-Founder, Venture for Africa
  • Vincent Ngondi
  • Wanjiru Chabeda: Independent Consultant, Independent Consultant
  • Wanjiru Kamande: Miss, SELF EMPLOYED
  • Whitney Ogutu: Community Design Manager, The Room

  • And many more to be announced.

Join us in Kenya to build a great company in 2023. 

Apply to the Kenya Founder Institute today, or learn more at  

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