Get trained as a volunteer startup mentor and make a difference by mentoring young entrepreneurs. By offering 1h of your time every week during 4 months, you will help them turn their ideas into viable businesses.

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Italian Development Cooperation

What is OYA IDEA App?

As part of Opportunities for Youth in Africa (OYA), a program created to accelerate job creation in the agri-food sector, IDEA App will incubate 30 agripreneurs in Kenya and Zambia.

IDEA App is a four month intensive online incubation program designed specifically for Kenyan and Zambian agripreneurs with a business concept who are looking for mentorship and coaching to successfully develop and grow their business.

This program is made possible by the collaboration of UNIDO, the FAO, the Italian Cooperation and Bridge for Billions. 

Participate in the OYA IDEA App program as volunteer mentor to learn, connect with top innovators and make a difference. Choose a mentee, meet with them weekly, think through challenges and help them develop a ready to launch company.

Why participate?

Meet innovative agripreneurs

Develop a mentoring relationship with an impactful young entrepreneurs in Kenya or Zambia.

Expand your network

Join a global network of more than 1000 mentors globally, top professionals that share your interests.

Grow professionally

Learn everything you need about the latest entrepreneurship methodologies and get a Mentoring Certificate.

Boost your skills

Develop your own abilities as a mentor while you support a growing project: leadership, empathy, innovation methodology, etc.

Decide when and where

Mentor from anywhere and at any time through our online platform.

Be part of the change

Support entrepreneurs that are facing the most complex challenges of our time.

This program is perfect for you if…

Deadline to apply


Friday, 12th of November 2021

Program timeline

Deadline Friday, 12th of November
Deadline Friday, 12th of November

Mentors applications

Send us your application, we want to know more about you and your motivations to become a mentor

Please apply from a computer or tablet and not smartphone.

Deadline Tuesday, 16th of November
Deadline Tuesday, 16th of November

Announcement of Selected Mentors

We will review all the applications and we will select 50 mentors to participate in this edition of the program

Wednesday, 17th of November
Wednesday, 17th of November

Attend the Mentors Training Session

If selected, you will be invited to a Training Session to where we cover your role as mentor, how to use the incubation platform, its methodology and much more. Also a good chance to network with fellows mentors 😉 

From 18th of November to 3rd of December
From 18th of November to 3rd of December

Mentors and Entrepreneurs Matching

"Matching" in IDEA App is a fun process in which you get to meet several volunteer business mentors and decide which one is the best fit for you. During 2 weeks you'll have 30min initial meeting with several mentors, and you will eventually rank them by order or preference. We'll then finalize who is your final "match": the one mentor who will guide you all along the programme.

From 4th of December to 23rd of April, 2022
From 4th of December to 23rd of April, 2022

Online Incubation Program

Meet weekly with your mentee for the duration of the program to go over their business plan. Don’t worry! Our program will guide your mentoring step-by-step through 8 business modules: From helping your mentee polish their value proposition to the development of their growth plan.

Founders who got supported by mentors like you

The program at a glance

The program offers a gamified and step by step experience that allows entrepreneurs to create their business plans and validate their model. Far from theory, the pedagogy pushes them to formulate their ideas and answer the tough questions.

It invites them to “get out there”, talk to people, research, and validate their ideas. As mentor, you will be there for them every week to support them by challenging assumptions and offering a fresh perspective.

Get a certificate that you’re a trained mentor!

At the end of the 4 months, you will get your personal Mentoring Certificate that certifies that you are a successfully trained mentors who provided 20+ hours of mentorship and became proficient to mentor entrepreneurs on those topics: value proposition, competitors mapping, identification of key stakeholders, business modelling, marketing, pricing strategies, financial forecasting, impact planning and growth strategy.

Our partner incubators locally


Ready to start?

Do you have any questions about the program?

Can’t find your question here?

Connect directly with Julie, Program Manager, to ask her in writing or in a quick meeting. Whenever you see fit!

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) partnered with Bridge for Billions to create IDEA App, an online program to connect young entrepreneurs with mentors from all over the world to accelerate the growth of new entrepreneurship communities and foster an entrepreneurial culture.

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