Quick Roundup

Our second programme finished last week and everyone has returned home safely. The programme was another great success and it feels like we are building great momentum. I hope the 10 Fellows had a stimulating, challenging and overall hugely worthwhile experience.

We invested in 13 new businesses this time ranging from fish farming to egg selling to wooden crates to babycare. The standard of the business ideas pitched were incredibly high which partly is down to us refining and introducing the curriculum better but mostly down to the Fellows working unbelievably hard with their groups.

It has been a great first year and thank you so much to everyone who has supported and worked with us this far. Over 2012 the statistics of Balloon Kenya make nice reading.

– 16 Enterprise Fellows brought to Kenya from 7 different nationalities ranging from Israel to India to Germany

– 352 Kenya youth mentored

– 816 hours of training delivered

– 20 businesses funded

– £4860 invested

– ?? jobs created

The last line will take some time to measure and much of the work that Hope and Vision does over the next 6 months will focus on evaluating the longer term success of the programme.

Finally, we are excited to have been selected on the Young Foundation’s Accelerator Programme support by JP Morgan. There is a brilliant group of social entrepreneurs joining us so hopefully we’ll learn lots! If you’re interested check out who’s involved http://www.growingsocialventures.org/2012-ventures