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Learn, Train and Start Businesses…in Kenya this summer

Balloon Kenya

UCL Advances is delighted in making this opportunity available again this year and will be sponsoring 10 students to go to Kenya this summer for 6 weeks with Balloon Kenya to learn about enterprise, work with and help train Kenyan counterparts to start businesses, and to help them pitch for investment. You will gain training on enterprise and innovation on an international scale and help tackle poverty and create change in Kenya.

The programme starts with a week of intensive training in entrepreneurship and innovation followed by working with Kenyan counterparts to start businesses that address problems in their local communities. The final step will be to pitch for some investment to get the business off the ground.

There are two cohorts (21 June – 3 August and 9 August – 21 September). You will be asked to indicate your preferred cohort though we will assume you are able to attend either unless explicitly stated on your application form.

The fee of £1995 (which includes accommodation, meals, insurance, in country transport and more) will be covered by UCL Advances if you are successful in your scholarship application. The only cost that you will need to bear is the flight to Nairobi (which is roughly £550 return from London). If you would still like to be part of Balloon Kenya this year without a scholarship, you will still be considered.

How to apply

Download the application form here. Completed forms should be sent to applications@balloonkenya.com along with a short CV (no more than 2 sides of A4). Application deadline is 5pm 18th April 2014.

If you have any questions about the programme or about the application process, please contact info@balloonkenya.com.

Citrus Saturday

UCL Advances has teamed up with Balloon Kenya to provide training and resources for UCL students to work with local Kenyan NGOs to create a Citrus Saturday pilot event.

Citrus Saturday is UCL Advances’ introduction to entrepreneurship for young people and we work in partnership with youth organizations and schools all around the world.

If you’re applying for a placement with Balloon Kenya (or even if you aren’t!), you can also apply to work with a Kenyan youth organization or school, helping them to create and run a Citrus Saturday event during summer 2014.

Citrus Saturday gives kids the chance to experience what it’s like to start their own business, making and selling citrus drinks. Experiencing this at a young age raises their aspirations, enhances their employment options and makes them more self-reliant for the future, as well as helping develop opportunities for their community and local businesses.

We’ll work with you to set up links to a local organization working with young people, give you all the knowledge, experience and equipment you’ll need, then you’ll work with the NGO in Kenya to set up the pilot.

This is a great opportunity to work with UCL’s Citrus Saturday international charitable activity, experience what it’s like to pilot new projects in Kenya, attend “train the trainer” sessions (run by Citrus Saturday Manager Jack Wratten, and UCL Advances Director Tim Barnes) and experience London’s very own Citrus Saturday event, then take all that knowledge and pilot a new event to help Kenyan children learn to be entrepreneurs!

Download the information pack here including how to get involved!