Become A Fellow
We are looking for innovative risk-takers and leaders seeking to creatively proffer solutions to develop the African continent.
July 2021 Fellowship Timeline
The Innovate for Africa fellowship is the flagship product of Novustack that identifies, trains and inspires aspiring African entrepreneurs. After a rigorous full-time one month training, we connect fellows to startups for a chance to be placed. Regardless, the fellowship provides monthly professional development to help support fellows become innovators. The theory of change is that if you learn and practice innovation, you will be more likely to succeed as a future entrepreneur.
Training starts on the 5th of July 2021
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April 30 - May 28
Group Interviews: June 7 - June 11
Individual Interviews: June 15 - June 18
Accept and Sign Commitment Letter
What we are looking for
We are looking for individuals who want to shape the African continent as future entrepreneurs who have the following values:
You thrive on challenges and see mistakes as an opportunity to grow and stretch your existing abilities.
You seek collective agreement and hear other people's inputs to inspire
You have ambitious, long-term goals and will persevere to reach them.
You can think critically and produce innovative and practical solutions to any situation
You are open-minded and respectful to opinions of individuals around you. You can easily adapt in new environments
You have proficiency in a labor-demanded hard skill (coding, digital marketing, data analysis, product management) with preferences for those who worked 2-4 years.
All selected IFA fellows for the July Cycle must be able to:
- Devote around 20 hours a week for in-class Innovation Readiness training in July 2021 as well as additional hours to produce assignments (~10-15 hours).
- Attend monthly 2 hour professional development after the Innovation Readiness training for the remainder of this 1-year fellowship.
- Be available to work full-time if matched at a start-up for a subsidized rate of at least (100,000 nairas/month) for the remainder of this 1-year fellowship.
- Have steady internet for asynchronous and synchronous online training as well as possible remote work
- Approximately 40GBs per month
- Pay a small commitment fee that will be returned upon completion of the training.
For more information, refer to our FAQs section
It is normal to feel anxious about new experiences like I was at the start of the training, but thanks to the Novustack community and team plus my ability to communicate, I am confident about my ability to push and see things through
The inspiring words of wisdom from several guest speakers made me understand the importance of building a strong legacy, making an impact and giving back to society above all.
There is no greater investment than in oneself. Equipping myself with the ability to learn from my mistakes and collaborating with individuals I can no longer call strangers is one key takeaway from my training experience with Novustack.
I remain committed to developing data management processes for MSMEs and being a part of the Innovate for Africa fellowship has instilled in me certain values that I know will guide me.
This experience taught me perseverance and grit. Together with my team, I successfully delivered on several projects including a real case study as a startup consultant. I was reminded yet again that I can achieve anything I decide to
Being paired with individuals I had just met on real case studies that I had to deliver on really exposed me on adapting to situations fast no matter how difficult it seemed. The fellowship has helped improve my understanding of collaboration and grit. It was really an exciting experience for me.