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Village Capital

Village Capital and African Management Institute (AMI), with support from the Dutch Good Growth Fund, have launched a management training program for the next generation of talent within Entrepreneur Support Organisations (ESO) in Africa.

This Village Capital and African Management Institute management development program includes training on both technical skills and soft skills for participating mid-level team members and includes;

1.) Understanding your ecosystem, target entrepreneurs and engaging stakeholders

2.) Planning, executing and measuring the impact of a program/service for entrepreneurs

3.) Professional and management skill development

4.) Developing a culture of performance

5.) A practical implementation project within your organisation

6.) Cost to attend in-person training and all learning resources for 2 team members

Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with and learn from a network of peers and mentors across the continent, dedicated to the same vision of an integrated African ecosystem.

This program is designed for ESOs that are ready for the next stage in their growth and see their mid-level managers as critical to unlocking this potential.

As such, applications are reviewed at an organisational level with each organisation nominating 2 team members.

This program is best suited to entrepreneur support organisations (ESOs) coworking spaces, accelerators, incubators, business advisory firms, makerspaces/fablabs and tech hubs focused on supporting early-stage small and medium enterprises and/or startups.

The ideal profile of ESOs:

1.) Has been in operation for more than 2 years

2.) Have grown from co-founder/founder to 5+ employees including middle management (department leads, partnership managers, incubator and accelerator managers, program managers).

3.) ESO’s should have multiple lines of business or departments, raised funding, offer support programs and/or services for entrepreneurs and can demonstrate traction.

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4.) Nominated participants should be managing their own department, line of business or program and directly manage or indirectly manage people to deliver results.

Around 20 organisations will be selected and each will nominate 2 mid-level managers to attend the training.  The Village Capital and AMI management training program will host three learning labs: one in-person in Nairobi and two remotely.

The dates are as follows:

1.) Learning Lab 1: May 19- 22 2020

2.) Learning Lab 2: Week of July 6th (exact date TBC)

3.) Learning Lab 3: Week of August 24th (exact date TBC)

The deadline to apply for this program is 30th January 2020.


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