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‘Pole-Pole’

Prior to setting off on my 6 week trip to Kenya with Balloon Ventures, I promised my family and friends that I would write a blog full of my insights and experiences of… Continue reading

Week 1: The Fellow’s Perspective

My journey began with a long haul flight from Newcastle to Dubai, followed by a connection flight to Nairobi, and then a coach journey to Nakuru, the final destination. Having arrived late at… Continue reading

Isn’t the Balloon going to pop? Sustainability of the Balloon programme

One of the main motto’s of the Balloon Ventures programme is “helping local entrepreneurs by leading sustainable business development”. It sounds like a very ambitious, ideal goal — certainly has a nice ring… Continue reading

Process, Privilege and Balloon Kenya

Privilege (noun) – a special right, advantage or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group. I’m here in Kenya with nine other international fellows working with Balloon Kenya to… Continue reading

It is quite straightforward really; customers buy for one of two reasons. Either a product makes them feel good or it helps them avoid feeling bad.

Business opportunities and ideas The truth is, you could read every book ever written on how to start a business, but until you start one yourself, you will never know what is like.… Continue reading

It is funny how sometimes the smallest most seemingly insignificant moments or conversations can have the most significant impact on your life and outlook

It is funny how sometimes the smallest most seemingly insignificant moments or conversations can have the most significant impact on your life and outlook. Two weeks ago all of the Balloon ICS volunteers… Continue reading

Dial M for Monopoly

Last week, Apple Pay launched in the UK, allowing the use of iPhones in place of credit and debit cards. The technology behind Apple Pay has been around for a while, but it… Continue reading

Lean, Mean, Start-up Machine: the Balloon Approach to Business

Lots of businesses fail. Most start-ups fail. For every Zuckerberg, there are thousands more people whose great idea comes to nothing more than years of frustration and a steady stream of capital flowing… Continue reading

“there is plenty the Kenyans do notably better than the UK”

As a marketing graduate one of the main aspects of Balloon Kenya I was looking forward to understanding was how micro-businesses in Kenya utilise marketing tools to communicate their businesses, products and ideas… Continue reading

Balloon Poems – The Ladder of Change

She is a city that resembles a short lady With a beautiful smile,dimples, energetic and a lass full of life, I call her Nakuru. Smiles of women, men and children shine brightly by… Continue reading