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ESpartners 2016 Fellowship


Entrepreneurs & private sector development drive economic growth & prosperity. Innovative business champions are not only creating world class brands and profits, but also lifting billions of people out of poverty by leveraging the power of the private sector.

Despite this success these entrepreneurs & economies still face a myriad of challenges . Numerous studies have highlighted the financing & skills gap for the “missing middle” of SMEs in frontier markets. At ESPartners we incubate, deliver insights, and invest to enable these SMEs to grow and multiply their impact.

We are looking for passionate and skilled Fellows to help deliver on this mission . The ESPartners fellowship program is your chance to be a part of the solution while gaining on-the-ground leadership experience in emerging markets.


What Is The ESpartners Fellowship?

The ESPartners Fellowship Program is a rare opportunity to apply your skills to help private sector led development in frontier markets. We are excited to launch this year’s fellowship program.

Fellows will live in Rwanda or Cote d’Ivoire and will play leadership roles on the ESPartners teams incubate, deliver insights and invest in local SMEs, clusters or economies.


What Can You Expect?

This Fellowship is not about providing administrative support. Rather, with support from the ESPartners team, Fellows will work directly with private and public sector leaders to effect change and enable entrepreneurial solutions to prosperity.


Examples of past engagements include:

  • Supporting a local construction entrepreneur with strategy and operations upgrades
  • Designing a strategy for a national private wealth management sector initiative
  • Advising on the potential for a national medical tourism sector
  • Completing due diligence and articulating strategies for agricultural anchor firms seeking support from donor partner


Throughout the process Fellows will have the opportunity to engage with a network of experts to facilitate their work and accelerate their development. Fellows will also benefit from a training program before departure and on going coaching throughout the term.

ESPartners will provide a stipend and cover Fellows’ expenses including a round trip flight, local accommodation, incidentals vaccinations and visas.

Here is how past Fellows have accelerated frontier markets & economies:


“… These responsibilities allowed us to have a great deal of exposure to a number of stakeholders within the country (from farmers to development institution executives) and to witness firsthand how effective a multi-party, coordinated effort to entrepreneurship could be.”

Harvard MBA Candidate 2014

“I had a unique opportunity to contribute ideas, analysis, and recommendations to strategic issues facing entrepreneurs in frontier markets. By making every effort to integrate me in executive level decision-making, ESP’s team ensured that this was far more rewarding than a typical internship.”

Richard Ivey HBA Candidate 2014

“Throughout my fellowship I learned an invaluable amount and felt confident that my contributions had the potential to positively impact a BOP country.”

Wharton MBA Candidate 2014


Are You Ready To Unleash The Power Of Entrepreneurship In Frontier Markets As The Next ESpartners Fellow?

We are looking for entrepreneurially minded leaders pursuing graduate degrees from top global, regional and local academic institutions who are passionate about entrepreneurial solutions to development, who cherish ownership and seek responsibility.

ESPartners Fellows are committed to making a difference and creating value. Fellows should be comfortable with ambiguity and able to deliver with minimal supervision.

Desired Attributes include:

  • Strategic Thinker with a passion for innovation, change, entrepreneurship and private sector led development
  • Ability to drive action informed by strategic insights and integrate business, policy and economics
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  • Leadership skills to guide a variety of stakeholders, from policymakers to industry managers to distracted colleagues
  • Previous experience in strategy consulting, private equity and/or investment banking
  • Respect, if not enthusiasm, for PowerPoint and Excel

French language skills as well as prior experience in Sub-Saharan Africa/Haiti is a plus.


How Do You Get On Board?

Applications for the Fellowship are reviewed on a rolling basis. Please submit a resume and cover letter to Short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews. Interview process will include a resume screening and at least two rounds of interviews.

ESPartners is a boutique investment and advisory firm that serves a range of entrepreneurs and leaders in Africa and the Caribbean. We seek to create prosperity in some of the world’s most challenging economies. By unleashing the power of entrepreneurship we aim to foster sustainable economic growth, create jobs and have an impact on the average citizen.

Submit a resume and cover letter to