The YES 2020
Applications are Now Open
Are you an early stage social entrepreneur looking to unlock your potential and create impact in Kenya? The Africa YES 2020 cohort 2 funded program applications are now closed.
Interested in being part of the July 2020 Cohort 3?

About the Africa YES Program

The Africa Young Entrepreneur Support (YES) Program is a 6-month funded intensive entrepreneurship, leadership and business training that provides early stage social entrepreneurs of under the age of 30 years, with the resources they need to discover opportunities, unlock their potential and create impact in their local communities.

The program seeks to identify, inspire and empower 25 young social entrepreneurs to recognize opportunities, explore innovative approaches, mobilize resources, manage risks, and build viable social enterprises. The program will also invest a minimum total of $15000 in grant funding to top fellows during the program.

The Africa YES 2019 Demo Day Highlights

Who WE Look For

The Africa Young Entrepreneur Support (YES) Program is looking for self-starters, leaders, change makers who are building viable businesses and creating impact in their local communities and beyond. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The venture must be solving a clear problem in the community
  2. There must be a viable and tested solution already in place (not just an idea) 
  3. The social venture should have a viable business model
  4. The venture should have at least some paying customers or making a revenue in the past 6 months.
  5. There should be ambition by the founder of the venture to grow to achieve large scale impact
  6. The applicant can commit to attend weekly sessions (every Saturday) in Nairobi from January 17th, 2020 to June 2020
  7. The applicant can commit to do weekly tasks in relation to their venture
  8. The applicant must be working either full time or at least 30 hrs per week in their venture
  9. The applicant must be below 30 years of age when applying
  10. The venture is legally registered in Kenya or in the process of registration

Why Join the Africa YES 2020 Program

Leadership and Business Acumen Skills

Our hands-on training sessions delivered by experienced facilitators are tailored to help you become a great entrepreneurial leader equipped with skills that are vital in helping your venture grow

Build & Grow your Venture

Our practical and real-world sessions by entrepreneurs and facilitators mean you get to apply what you are learning each week to your venture while getting feedback to help you grow and your venture grow

Access Funding up to 15000 USD

At the end of the 6-months program, 3 fellows will be selected to immediately receive up to 15,000 USD in grants, which is a zero-equity funding. You will also be connected to other funding opportunities available.

Access Networks, Mentors & Opportunities

As part of the program, you will connect deeper with other social entrepreneurs, mentors and other entrepreneurship ecosystem players, including exclusive opportunities and workshops

Access 3 months Co-working space

 Participants for the program will receive a 3-month membership that will give them full access to work from a co-working space so as to grow their ventures. Teams can enjoy this during the program

Bespoke Startup Services

Entrepreneurs will have access to startup services such as accounting, legal, sales, talent at a subsidized rate as being part of the program. Teams to also receive follow up investment.



Applications for cohort 2 are now closed. Pre-apply for the July-December 2020 Cohort 3. 

Program Timelines

Applications Closed
12 SEPTEMBER, 201930 OCTOBER, 2019

Applications for the Africa YES 2020 program are closed for now. You can pre-apply for cohort 3.

Interviews & Selection
14 OCTOBER 2019 to15 NOVEMBER 2019

Shortlisted applicants will participate in-person interviews in Nairobi and site visits. Final selected participants to be notified by 29th November, 2019.

Bootcamp Weekend
17 January 2020 to19 January 2020

We will Kick off the program with a three-day immersive in-person Bootcamp in January 2020 for the selected 25 Young Social Entrepreneurs in Nairobi

Saturday Weekly Sessions
25 JANUARY 2020 to30 MAY 2020

Workshop sessions will be happening each and every Saturday, 9.00 am – 4.00 pm in Nairobi with business project work during the week. Sessions will be run by expert facilitators

11 JUNE 20202.00 PM - 11.00 PM

On Demo Day, social entrepreneurs will pitch their ventures to a pool of judges comprising investors, entrepreneurs,  and industry experts for funding and support

Post Program Support

Post program, top entrepreneurs will receive up a minimum of 5,000 USD  in grant funding,  get access to co-working space membership, and other entrepreneurs getting access to opportunities and support