Massachusetts Institute of Technology launches Fellowship for Entrepreneurs in Africa

ADDIS ABABA – The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT has launched the Foundry Fellowship, a first-of-its-kind leadership program for accomplished entrepreneurs who are considering their role in shaping the future of the African innovation ecosystems in which they work and live.

The Institute says Fellows at an inflection point in their entrepreneurial journeys will learn from its faculty, connect with investors, and expand their network of peer innovators.



The Fellowship is open to entrepreneurs working and living in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, and Uganda.

The program includes an interactive online curriculum followed by a three-week immersive session that brings the cohort together to explore innovation-driven ecosystems.

It presents a unique opportunity to bring MIT resources and knowledge to these critical innovation ecosystems and, importantly, also offers MIT an opportunity to learn from successful leaders and their innovative solutions, according to the Legatum center.

Professor Fiona Murray, Faculty Director of the Center, described this opportunity to expand MIT’s innovation network “[as] a moment for the Fellows to reflect on [their entrepreneurial] journey that also allows us to learn from them”.

The Fellows “can use this experience as a stepping-off point as they move to the next stage of ecosystem-wide leadership,” Faculty Director added.

An initial cohort of 15 Fellows will be selected for this fully-funded program.

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