Careers

Portfolio Fellow

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The MEST Incubators across Africa are homes to 45+ early and growth stage startups comprised of graduates from our award-winning training program.

We’re looking for Portfolio Fellows who are experienced, entrepreneurial, articulate and excited to dive into uncharted waters and help write the playbook on how to build and scale world-class technology companies from Africa.

Fellows are there to enable assigned portfolio companies to scale effectively and ensure the overall portfolio is thriving and will be supported by the team in Lagos, Accra, Cape Town, Nairobi and San Francisco and report directly to the Director of Portfolio.

Key Responsibilities
  • - To work with assigned portfolio companies to understand their tier status (current state),  develop plan for scaling effectively, guide and direct their journey including bringing in relevant stakeholders. Project manage in order to achieve agreed metrics.
  • - To develop personal skills and knowledge in broader disciplines to become a more rounded and accomplished business advisor for startups that are scaling.
  • - To utilize knowledge and skills related to specialization to grow assigned portfolio companies and to work across all portfolio companies as requested by other portfolio fellows.

Experience
  • - 2 years of demonstrating successful use of specialized skill preferably on the continent or in an emerging market. 
  • - 2 years working with or around frameworks for rapid growth, venture building or investment funding. 
  • - 1 year of experience of new market entry, business building including attracting direct investment or running own start up.

Characteristics
  • - Proactive
  • - Problem solver
  • - Persistent
  • - Can do attitude
  • - Team player, able to recognize and utilize others strengths
  • - Willing and eager to learn
  • - Good communication skills

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