Brenda Wangari

EMERGE - Class 05

Brenda Wangari
Senior Program Manager
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I am based in: Nairobi
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I spent a major early part of my career working at startups and now I work to support startups and the organisations supporting them. I lead Village Capital's Entrepreneur Support Organisation (ESO) Programs in Africa, where we have supported 66 organisations from over 27 countries and managed $960k+ in pass-through grants. I have shared some of the lessons learned in a public report: ‘Unlocking Pipeline: A playbook on entrepreneur support in Africa.’ The report showcases best practices for Entrepreneur Support Organizations, grant makers and startup investors as well as high level snapshots of the landscape today.

I joined Village Capital from Village Industrial Power, where I led business operations for the clean energy startup and was the liaison between the senior team in Vermont and Kenya . Before that, I worked with Suregifts KE-a 500 startups company.