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Balloon Launches Micro Venture Capital!

Today, I’m excited to announce that Balloon Ventures has been announced a winner of the OpenIDEO Youth Empowerment Challenge funded by DFID. Out of over 500 submissions our idea was 1 of 6… Continue reading

Meeting “Mr Breakfast” – Newton’s Story

Our Balloon ICS volunteers work with entrepreneurs from a wide range of backgrounds. Many are first-time business owners with only a big idea. Some, however, like Newton in Ho, Ghana, have had businesses… Continue reading

“Shaking the snow globe” -Embracing the chaos of newness

“When life starts to stagnate, shake it like a snow globe.” Balloon ICS Team Leader Ali Whiting on the impact Balloon had on her life, and on the entrepreneurs with whom we work.… Continue reading

“Think big, start small and grow over time” – an interview with Balloon entrepreneur Desmond Mensah.

Through our various programmes, Balloon Ventures works with hundreds of entrepreneurs each year, helping them to innovate and grow their businesses through our groundbreaking enterprise curriculum. We’re always really proud of the results,… Continue reading

Let’s Get Fruity! An interview with a Balloon ICS entrepreneur.

Whilst on their own Balloon ICS placement in Kericho, Kenya, one of our Volunteers met up with Gideon Mutai, a former Balloon Entrepreneur, to talk to him about his experience of the programme… Continue reading

Balloon Ventures: Reflections and Chill

And so the halfway point of the programme came around just as quickly as everyone had previously warned us, and before you know it we were all packed into matatus (public buses here)… Continue reading

Philippines Fellowship: Baguio meets Betty Crocker

People say that you shouldn’t take anything you have for granted, that there’s always someone somewhere who is struggling whilst you’re sailing. Growing up in the UK you often overlook the simple things.… Continue reading

A Kenyan’s Guide to London and the UK

This article is a story of Felix Owino and his first trip to London to attend the Youth Summit 2015. He was selected by VSO to represent Kenya amongst a great number of… Continue reading

Moving from the theory to the reality

  Nearing the end of the Balloon curriculum training I found myself itching with excitement and ready to dive straight into working with our entrepreneurs and my working counterparts. Throughout our training we… Continue reading

What a load of rubbish…

It was about 10 days into our stay in Kericho that our working groups were emailed the list of entrepreneurs that we would be working with. Most groups had a pretty similar list… Continue reading