Mentorship opportunities for experienced business professionals, subject matter experts and technologists for social impact in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa.

Are you an experienced business professional? Are you a subject matter expert in Finance, Operation, Product Development, Business Development, Marketing or various Technology areas? Or do you possess general business knowledge through education with a Graduate Business Degree ie MBA or MA in International Business? Huge plus if you have experience in the tech industry, if you are bilingual (English /French), or if you have existing exposure to Africa.

Join our program as Mentor or Subject Matter Expert to assist African Tech startups and promising talents!

We are a non-profit social enterprise with a mission to drive socio-economic development through technology in Côte d’Ivoire and the region by fostering opportunities for startups, talents, and innovation.

Mentors are typically successful entrepreneurs or experienced professionals with a background in business operations, finance, business strategy, product development, as well as marketing or sales. They have sufficient exposure to the challenges faced by small or growing businesses. Technology Mentors are industry experts in UI/UX, Application Development, Software Engineering, Systems implementation, Data Analysis/Science, Product Management or Project Management.

Product Development

A product is worth 1000 meetings but can also be an expensive endeavor. Product development moves in phases from concept to market launch and repeats itself as new features are added. Seeking an individual with expertise using lean methodologies, agile process and road mapping.

Marketing/Branding and Sales

Seeking an individual with expertise in Sales and Marketing, experienced in developing brand strategy, and appropriating marketing dollars to reinforce the brand of the company taking into account the company mission, vision, products and/or services and the message you want to deliver to the customer.

Business Development

Business development is what enables a startup to grow. It’s especially important for startup founders/leaders to understand how to create growth opportunities and target, acquire and retain customers. Seeking an individual with experience in strategy, relationship building, negotiations and converting and growing clientele.


A strong financial infrastructure is critical for any company, new or established. For an early stage company, it’s important to implement good practices early to maintain sustainable growth, managed spending and avoiding fines or tax issues later in the life cycle of the company. Seeking an individual with strong command of basics as they apply future growth.


Seeking Individuals with experience in Business Operations. The activities that businesses engage in on a daily basis to increase the value of the enterprise and earn a profit. The activities can be optimized to generate sufficient revenues.


Seeking seasoned Technology professionals in UI/UX, Application Development, Software Engineering, Systems implementation, Data Analysis/Science, Product and Project Management with significant industry experience. As startups mentor, you provide guidance to founders to evaluate key considerations and determine future directions. As tech talent mentor supporting our talent accelerator focused on teaching developers how to build software the right way, your coaching helps promising talent reach their full potential.

Reasons to Join...

Beyond skills development, this is an opportunity to connect with the tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem and gain exposure to this frontier market. Your Knowledge and skills can be invaluable to the entrepreneurs in Côte d’Ivoire. Don't pass on this extraordinary experience and make an impact in the development of human capital, gender equity, youth employment, and technical innovation in Côte d’Ivoire and the region.

Your participation enables membership in our growing Int'l Network of Mentors and Experts, providing further mentorship opportunities, various exchange opportunities with local and int'l world-class professionals and successful entrepreneurs, and the possibility to connect with key actors of the regional tech & startup ecosystem through Adei Connect initiatives.

Adei Educate - Tech Entrepreneurs

Next Opportunity: July - August 2020 (3 or 6 weeks commitment)

Program: We are excited to offer our Adei Educate - Launch. Boost. Grow. : a 3-week virtual bootcamp dedicated to early stage tech startups in Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa. The program is created to support early stage entrepreneurs as they continue to define their product and build their business.

Mentorship: Subject matter experts contribute to developing the training content for the workshops and deliver the workshop. Experts provide mentorship by assisting entrepreneurs with the hands on part of the workshops, answering questions through our collaboration channels, and providing expert feedback.


  • Prepare and deliver training in collaboration with other peers and our Adei Institute of Technology Staff.

  • 3 or 6 weeks commitment with a minimum of 4 hours per week (respectively focused on content creation and content creation plus interaction with entrepreneurs.)


  • Expert in their field with over 7 years of experience

  • Experience in the Tech Industry is highly preferred

  • English proficiency with bilingual EN/FR desired but not required.


  • July '20 : Round 1 content creation (3 week commitment)

  • August '20: Round 2 content creation (3 out of 6 week commitment)

  • September '20: Directly assist entrepreneurs (remaining 3 weeks)

Our training development team will provide guidance to support the volunteers through all phases. And our Project Coordinator will provide any assistance needed and make sure the experience is Exceptional!

Any questions?

Adei Elevate - Tech Startups & Talents

Startups Success Readiness

Next opportunity : September 2020.

Technical Talent Accelerator

Next opportunity : October 2020.

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Adei Fellowships & Alumni Network

Next opportunity: January 2021.

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Our international network of mentors and experts include outstanding professionals and successful entrepreneurs based locally to provide in person mentoring: Local Mentors Benefits.