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“Balloon Ventures will make your hustle real”

 My name is Gideon and I joined Balloon Ventures in the year 2014 when they started their entrepreneurship programs here in Kericho. I can say I am more… Continue reading

If you want to help Africa, challenge your assumptions

Issac Asimov once said, “Your assumptions are your windows on the world. Scrub them off every once in a while, or the light won’t come in.” If it is not your desire to… Continue reading

Education and Youth Unemployment

Is better access to education (and better education) actually solving Kenya’s youth unemployment challenge? Meet Peter Keter, one of the entrepreneurs we are working with during our time here in Eldoret, Kenya. Peter… Continue reading

Learn – Create – Test

Learn – Create – Test. That is the Balloon mantra, taught to all fellows in the first week of the programme. The mantra was developed from a combination of Steve Blank’s work on… Continue reading

Dan on Eldoret

From beautiful surrounds, the energy of hundreds of fruit sellers chasing our matatu (taxi), and even the zebra’s and baboon’s hogging up the road – there was much to appreciate on our 8-hour… Continue reading

Richard on Balloon

My name is Richard and I am currently studying a BSc Joint Honors in International Development and Economics, at The University of Northampton. “In 2010 the University of Northampton set a strategic goal to… Continue reading

How a 6 week stint as an International Volunteer for Balloon Kenya ventures fuelled my Start-Up company

The Project Brief: We started off as a team of six International Volunteers from London, Australia and the Netherlands. We were then paired off and after a week’s training we were allocated five local Kenyan… Continue reading

‘We have set the bar high for the next group of volunteers..’

My journey started at the assessment where on the first day I had a formal one to one interview. Fresh from university, I had always been used to lectures and being a student… Continue reading

I often wonder how Kenya has changed me…

.. it is almost an impossible question to answer. Now being back in England almost makes Kenya seem like it was all a dream. I remember speaking to a volunteer before leaving for… Continue reading

Meet Cornelius Korir

Meet Cornelius. He is 32 years old and lives in Nyagacho in Kericho, and is close with his siblings and their children. Cornelius is a confident guy with an ambitious personality, and on… Continue reading