SESA incubator program is looking for regional mentors in Africa!

May 13, 2024

Target countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania 

8 SMEs will be financially supported under European Union (EU) funded SESA project.

The 8 start-ups will focus on:

  • Solar irrigation
  • Clean cookstoves
  • Solar cooling solutions
  • Waste-to-energy solutions
  • Second life batteries
  • Productive use of energy solutions

It is a plus if mentors have experience in these focus areas.

Mentoring duration:

Between June 2024 to December 2024 and to be defined based on the number of sessions which will be agreed between selected mentors and the SMEs. The selected mentors will collaborate with European mentors to guide the SMEs.

Compensation & mentoring plan:
This will be agreed upon during mentor interviews. This is not a permanent position but a time-limited one (approximately 7 to 10 sessions).

Expected competencies of mentors:

  • Previous experience in mentoring SMEs
  • Ability to deliver hands-on support and provide required feedback to the SMEs
  • Positive attitude, open-mindedness, strong communication and presentation skills, and ability to influence and inspire.
  • Have extensive networks (both local and regional) in the energy sector and with potential investors
  • Added advantage of having domain-specific knowledge in areas like sales, finance, strategy, operations, marketing.
  • Ability to communicate both in English and local languages

Benefits of applying:

  • Visibility in multiple African countries and Europe
  • Access to a wide European & African network of experts
  • Working with promising energy-related SMEs
  • Work in top awarded EU-AU collaboration projects. 

How to apply

Please send your interest, CV and relevant documentation via email before the 24 May 2024 to:
Alemu Belay:
Aaditya Dandwate: