Thank you dear ROIer for your interest as an online mentor in the YIL Fellowship.
This grassroots initiative (initiated by ROIer Neta Hanien ) is about us ROIers joining forces with YIL Fellowship by mentoring their participants while they are developing innovative solutions for some complex but important challenges.
From May 22-25, we had our first in-person workshop in Lagos, Nigeria where we gathered 45 young talented Nigerian professionals. During this workshop, participants were divided into teams. That was the first stage of the fellowship.
The second stage is the challenge phase when each team will be working for the next 4 months on developing an innovative solution to one of Africa’s challenges, while being mentored online by an ROIer (in addition to local mentors). The challenges were chosen by us based on local development challenges and collaboration with partners such as the UNFPA Nigeria (United Nations Population Funds).
During the just concluded 4 days workshop, we trained the participants and provide them with tools for innovation and entrepreneurship. The Leading facilitators were ROIers Neta Hanien and Eyal Halamish.
In the next 4 months, we plan to establish a monthly online meeting between teams and their ROI mentors (depending on the mentor’s availability). Teams will also reach out to their mentors every 2 weeks to update them on their progress.
The purpose of this mentorship is to guide teams and provide them any insights and linkages necessary to succeed in their capstone projects.
It is important to note that some of our fellows usually go ahead to scale up their solutions to become impact-oriented initiatives and startups after the fellowship program.
This program ends in September with a week-long in-person bootcamp where teams will be trained further on how to scale up and pitch their innovations.
Who are we looking for? We seek subject matter experts in the projects (as outlined in the form below) or entrepreneurs — people with knowledge on how to transform ideas to products.