Co-founder and Head of Fellowship Program
Savvy was founded to help at least 10,000 young professionals around the world transition into entrepreneurship, equip them with the relevant knowledge and skills to become successful entrepreneurs, as a way to reduce global employment thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, we’ve trained over 3,800 individuals in 136 countries, who have gone on to start over 900 impact-driven businesses across diverse sectors in different regions. Savvy consists of three components—the learning, assessment, and mentorship sessions, which all take place online.
For 12 weeks, selected participants learn how to start, build, and scale an impact venture. Using visual presentations, Savvy helps them answer all the relevant questions on their mind. The Savvy program is available in over 100 languages, including English, French, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Hindi, Bengali, Russian, Japanese, Zulu, German, Italian, Portuguese, Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa. This fosters easy learning for those whose native language isn't English. They learn how to gain early traction, achieve product-market fit, and scale into newer markets.
While learning, Savvy participants are offered mentorship as well, which is a great way for them to have a better understanding of their chosen industry. Mentorship comes in two ways: peer-to-peer mentorship and expert mentorship.
The Savvy mentorship team is made up of 140 seasoned entrepreneurs from 37 countries, creating change in diverse sectors, and across different regions. Each, with an average of over 6 years of entrepreneurial experience, these entrepreneurs have been trained or recognized by MIT, Harvard, UN, Acumen, ITU, Forbes, Product School, Halcyon Incubator, World Economic Forum, Ashoka, One Young World, Obama Foundation, Singularity University, etc.