Mentors Demystify problems and make the Impossible Possible for our Fellows.
Mentors play a central role in Unreasonable East Africa’s ability to create an unreasonable advantage for the entrepreneurs we work with. As an Unreasonable mentor, you have the opportunity to leverage your experience and expertise to help Unreasonable entrepreneurs scale solutions to East Africa’s most pressing problems. Over the two years, guidance from Unreasonable Mentors has helped our 21 entrepreneurs navigate the challenges of growing their ventures and scaling their impact.
Below are examples of Unreasonable Mentorship from our 2014 and 2015 programs.
- With the guidance of Unreasonable Mentors Nat Robinson and David Kyle, Myles Lutheran from EcoFuels Group was able to pivot their business model during the Institute. This led them to double their revenues from 2013 in 2014 without investing in their sales capacity.
- With the guidance of Unreasonable Mentors David Kyle, Roshan Paul and Toni Maraviglia, Carol Kimari from Grab A Book is now able to articulate the strategic direction of Grab A Book and has more confidence to approach funders. At the end of 2014, Grab A Book was serving 250 kids with 3000 books and 25 kindles, improving the grades of the children by 25%.
- Unreasonable Mentors Sammy Senyimba and Toni Maraviglia also helped the team at KadAfrica learn how to navigate working with funders and secure investment By the close of 2014, they had raised $30,000 in funding.
- With the help of Unreasonable Mentors Jude Cesar and Bill Harrington, Geel Medical Services has been able to revamp their strategy, fine tune their business models and build their financials. They are finalists for the Sankalp Africa Awards 2015 because of this support on the business.
How Mentorship works?
- Identify and Find: Unreasonable East Africa identifies and recruits world-class mentors to join the Unreasonable network.
- Equip: Unreasonable East Africa educates entrepreneurs in the value mentors can provide and further trains entrepreneurs on how to build and maintain relationships with mentors so entrepreneurs are empowered to lead the relationship.
- Facilitate and Support:
- Connect: The Unreasonable East Africa team creates opportunities for entrepreneurs and mentors to connect and build relationships. In essence, Unreasonable creates the conditions for mentors and entrepreneurs “to date.” This happens before, during and after the Institute.
- Commit: If an entrepreneur decides that he/she wants to work with a mentor and the mentor agrees, they are expected to jointly define and structure their relationship (determine the frequency of communication, the amount of time dedicated, and the structure of conversations).
- Ongoing Support: Unreasonable East Africa will play an ongoing, supporting role, checking in regularly on the entrepreneur-mentor relationship. Unreasonable also continues to engage the mentor community over time.