The Justice Innovation Circle (JIC) is the key training component of the Justice Entrepreneurship School incubation programme. The incubation programme is for startups that fit into the incubation stage, meaning there is a basic product, an MVP, but there is no traction, that is, the product is still not in the hand of users, or it’s only in hands of a small number of early adopter users, where we still do not see enough evidence that this product or business can work. In terms of the team status, there is a possibility that the team is also not yet solidified, where the size is 2 or 3, and new co-founders are coming in or leaving.
As such, the focus of the training at JIC is as the following:
We are calling for applicants from the East African Region in the countries of Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Somalia, Burundi, Ethiopia, and South Sudan. The applicants should meet the selection criteria.
The selection criteria for the incubation programme is as follows:
All startups that successfully participate in the JIC will be given e-certificates and will be invited to pitch for 3 minutes at the JIC Pitch Perfect event we will host, where the innovators will stand to win a grant of 1,000 Euros (125,000 KES) for the best pitch. In addition, their profiles will be showcased in our newsletter and other marketing channels.
To ensure we build a vibrant community, the Hub will proactively engage the startups in order for the entrepreneurs to develop a sense of belonging to a community where everyone is on a similar journey and facing similar challenges. This will give the founders the sense that they aren’t alone and have a support network, that they trust and can reach out to when needed. This in itself promotes a healthy learning environment where knowledge is shared and people think and learn collectively.
There will be 1-hour startup-connects (Mentorship Sessions) with each startup after the training in the following weeks for a month. This time allows for the startup to process the learning from the training session and complete any homework. The purpose of the Start-Up Connects is to provide more customised support based on the need of the startup. It is also an opportunity to better know the startup (for future selection into the acceleration programme).
The Justice Innovation Circle (JIC) is divided into 6 sessions spread over the course of 5 working days. This cohort will run from the 4th to the 8th of October 2021.