Full-Time

Startup & High Growth

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Description

Djanta Tech Hub is a 3000 sq. metre technology hub initiated by the Togolese Government’s Ministry of Digital Economy, in collaboration with private partners. Structured as a not-for-profit association, Djanta Tech Hub is entirely independent of the government, but supported by Togo’s main actors. Togolese national development policy aims to transform the country into a services hub and centre of digital excellence.  

 

Located in the capital, Lomé, Djanta Tech Hub is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship, innovation, creativity and economic development in Togo through the promotion of excellence in digital technology, innovation and research.  The Hub’s vision is to become French-speaking Africa’s biggest hub, with four specialist areas to ensure reach across the sub-region: fintech, e-government, impact tech (agritech, health, renewable energy) and logistics. The Hub is comprised of 6 units dedicated to new technologies: a start-ups unit (with an incubator, an accelerator, a dedicated space for female entrepreneurs and a fab lab), an academic unit (with a coding school and a training centre), rented offices, a co-working space with a 100-people capacity, a 150-seat conference room and a renewable energy-focused incubator. As part of its journey to become a centre of excellence, the Hub aims to fulfill 3 objectives by 2025:  
 

  1. The development of a network of Togolese start-ups (50+ start-ups incubated, including minimum 10+ start-ups which raised more than €100k and 200+ new start-ups in Togo)
  2. Complete the training of 1000 digital talents each year
  3. Attract innovative, global technology companies to Togo (at least 15 new companies)

Djanta Tech Hub are seeking an experienced and entrepreneurial leader to join their team to help drive achievement of these objectives.

 

As the new General Manager, you will support Djanta Tech Hub’s operations and development. You will be the spokesperson for this ambitious initiative, representing Djanta Tech Hub in Togo and internationally. As the ideal candidate, you will be an experienced manager with great entrepreneurial skills and strong connections within the African tech scene across both Anglophone and Francophone regions.

 

 

Role Responsibilities:

 

Strategy, management, and governance

  • Develop the initial business plan and keep strengthening the strategy
  • Hiring, managing, and training a local team
  • Financial management, accounting, and administrative operations
  • Put in place relevant KPIs
  • Put in place a strong governance system
  • Ensure the proper functioning of the 6 units (incl. partnerships for academy and rented spaces)
  • Work with and report to the board to execute the decisions

Start-ups mentoring and programming

  • Create acceleration and incubation best practices: marketing of the programme, development and readjustment of selection criteria
  • Mentor and help start-ups at each step of their development stage: analyse start-ups’ needs, provide mentorship to founders, support access to financing, capacity building/skills development, business plans, introduction to investors, etc.
  • Management of business advisors who will develop the curriculum, tracking of start-ups’ and founders’ KPIs
  • Create and track KPIs and indicators for start-ups, founders, and business advisors

Business development

  • Develop partnerships and programmes for the hub
  • Develop new commercial offers
  • Develop a fundraising strategy and manage relationships with stakeholders (including grants, donations etc.)
  • Develop a compelling communication strategy and be a spokesperson for external initiatives such as international conferences, op-eds, thought leadership etc

KPIs:

  • Hub revenues will make it self-financing from year 3
  • Manage a team of 10 people and a pool of 30 to 70 entrepreneurs per year
  • At least 85% of incubated start-ups must reach life expectancy of at least 5 years
  • Integrate high performing incubator networks in Anglophone Africa (and Francophone regions)

Criteria

  • Master’s degree or MBA from a top business school
  • At least 5-10 years of international experience as manager in tech company, an incubator, a VC funds, in the development sector or as a senior consultant in a top consulting firm (Big Four)
  • You are bilingual in French and English
  • You have worked directly with start-ups or have mentored start-ups/founders as an investor for instance; ideally you have started a venture yourself
  • You have an excellent network amongst the pan-African and global private equity sector or in impact investing, and in start-ups/SMEs development
  • You have done business in West Africa, ideally you know about Togo
  • Great marketer who is not afraid to take initiatives
  • Ready for long term commitment

Benefits

  • Globally competitive salary package in line with rates in the private sector
  • An opportunity to drive achievement of an exciting and innovative vision for Togo

About Djanta Tech Hub

The Djanta Tech Hub initiative (“Djanta” meaning “Lion” in Ewe a local language), driven by the MPEN and the Regulatory Authority for the Post and Telecommunications Sectors (ART & P) of the Togolese Republic, the communities and startups involved of the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The country's first technological campus, Djanta Tech Hub aims to be a center of excellence and a West African reference for supporting technological entrepreneurship and training in new digital professions.