Emerging Innovators Bootcamp Nairobi

Develop your power to change the world

We connect and empower 125 changemakers around the globe who are positively transforming communities and revolutionizing the social sector.

How can you use dance to inspire girls to be scientists and mathematicians? Or train refugees as foreign language tutors to increase livelihoods and positive cultural exchange? Or revolutionize the way veterans re-enter the workforce?
To bring big ideas like these to life, Ashoka and American Express created the American Express Leadership Academy Emerging Innovators Bootcamps.
Emerging Innovators Bootcamps are five 2-3 day periods of intensive training for 125 rising social innovators, entrepreneurs and changemakers to discuss and analyze the best strategies to grow and sustain their social ventures. Twenty-five innovators gather at each bootcamp to benefit from expert guidance, peer support and a safe space to reflect on inner growth and wellbeing.

Graduates become a part of the 2,000+ member strong American Express Leadership Academy Alumni Network and have gone on to win prestigious social innovation awards, including the Ashoka Fellowship, and honors from organizations like Echoing Green, Skoll, StartingBloc and Unreasonable Institute. They have also been included in the Forbes “30 Under 30” list.

Since 2013, the American Express Leadership Academy Emerging Innovators Bootcamps have supported a total of 534 entrepreneurs in Mexico, Canada, Europe, the United States and throughout Africa. It is through these kinds of collaborative efforts that American Express and Ashoka continually seek to boost entrepreneurial talent.


June 30, 2019
Program dates Oct 29 - Oct 30, 2019
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