What We Do

800,000 young people enter the Kenyan labor market every year vying for 80,000 formal jobs. Without opportunities, the majority are forced to start small businesses. With many lacking access to the skills, connections, and capital necessary for success, almost half fail within their first year.

Ongoza exists to address this challenge. Business courses are often too broad and consultants are often too expensive. That’s why we came up with a tailored, holistic solution focused entirely on the emerging needs of entrepreneurs. Ongoza combines the best of all worlds by providing an initial business fundamentals course, one-on-one business consulting, networking opportunities, and access to low-cost debt financing. We measure our success by seeing businesses in our portfolio grow.

With offices in Nairobi and Nakuru, we consult with entrepreneurs across a diverse range of sectors, including manufacturing, agribusiness, retail, food and beverage, media, and technology. Regardless of the sector, what unites our entrepreneurs is their grit, hustle, and vision to scale their businesses.

Meet Our Team

Alexei Dunaway

Executive Director

Lydiah Muya

Program Manager

Harry Shawyer

Development Manager

Teddy Amimo

Senior Business Development Advisor (Nairobi)

Mercy Wafula

Business Development Advisor (Nairobi)

Janet Waiyaki

Program Assistant

Alex Were

Business Development Advisor (Nairobi)

Mary Wambui

Business Development Advisor (Nairobi)

Virginiah Gitome

Business Development Advisor (Nakuru)

Philip Ojuok

Entrepreneur Relationship Officer

James Opot

Business Development Advisor (Nairobi)

Benjamin Mwanza

Business Development Advisor (Nakuru)

Jovanna Alvarez

Investment Fund Manager & Business Development Advisor (Nairobi)

Global Board of Directors

Nick Moon


Founder, Kickstart

George Njenga

Co-Founder & Member

Founding Dean, Strathmore Business School

Sharmi Surianarain


Executive, Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator

Eddy Gicheru Oketch

Founder & Member

Jo-Anne Muraya


Head, Human Capital, Corporate & Investment Bank -South and Central Africa - Standard Bank Group

Lisa Issroff


President, lssroff Family Foundation

Mel Okudo


Consultant, Prudential Financial

Miguel Hennessy


Managing Director - Wealth Management, Alignment Partners / UBS

David Samach


Partner, Deloitte

Denise Tollinche


Senior Advisor, Global Philanthropists Circle

Daniel Goldman


Senior Advisor | Senior Counsel

Syntax | Locus Analytics

Emily Jonas


Business Development Consultant

Patra Corporation


Dr. Ekuru Aukot
John Nene
Gregoire L. Piller

Martin Segal
Prof. Esther (Koi) Wangui

Annual Reports

2016-2017 Annual Report


2015-2016 Annual Report


2014-2015 Annual Report