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

How to start a successful business in less than 3 days: The story of the ideal egg-man

There is no such thing as a crazy idea. If it sounds crazy it means you’re doing something right. This is exactly what we had to believe when one of the eight entrepreneurs… Continue reading

Chapros: The Kenyan Burritos

Martin is a student at Egerton University pursuing a degree in Marketing. He joined Balloon during the June 2014 programme to learn innovative ways to start a business selling laptops. He had originally… Continue reading


Since our arrival in Nakuru 4 weeks ago, we have been working with Balloon Ventures. We have been learning about the core elements of entrepreneurship and engaging in the business research that define… Continue reading

Identifying the Gap

Balloon Kenya has been up until now the most significant and exciting business experience of my life. For the past few years I have considered myself an entrepreneur. This is despite not owning… Continue reading

For the love of Kenya

Let’s cut straight to the chase. I am confused. Confused and in Kenya. Before I can explain to someone else why I am here, I need to look deep within and find that… Continue reading

Retirement Heroes

Could you tell us a little bit about your venture? Verena: Our social enterprise is based in Germany and is called “Retirement Heroes” (in German: HeldenimRuhestand, or HiRuS) and its aim is to… Continue reading

Balloon Kenya and job interviews…

I’ve just started working in September as a graduate associate for an executive search firm in London. Beforehand I had to go through the usual process of forms, interviews and assessment days that… Continue reading

Visiting Nairobi’s iHub_

The Balloon Kenya gospel teaches that innovation is the sum of creativity and added value. A prime success story of this approach, albeit a little further afield than Nakuru, where we have been… Continue reading