According to Chidi Nwaogu, one of the founders of Savvy, when explaining why he started the Fellowship, he said, “Due to the [COVID-19] pandemic, many have lost their jobs and are now living in an uncertain world. I have decided to start the Savvy Fellowship, to equip passionate individuals with the necessary knowledge and skill they need to start their own [impact-driven] business and succeed as entrepreneurs.”
“It’s no news that every day, I love sharing with others what I’ve learned from my experience as an entrepreneur, and Savvy is just an extension of that personal journey of sharing for me. Savvy is [a 12-week-long] virtual fellowship program that runs [through out the year].”
“Some of the things you’ll learn as a Savvy Fellow include fundraising for your business, building the right team to execute your business strategies, building buzz around your product or service, achieving product-market fit, scaling into new markets and verticals, and building customer loyalty and retention.”
1. Practical Learning: For 12 weeks, you’ll learn how to start, build, and scale an impact venture. Using visual presentations, we’ll help you answer all the relevant questions you need to kickstart that amazing impact venture, gain early traction, achieve product-market fit, and scale into newer markets. Savvy is for every impact entrepreneur, no matter what stage your venture is.
2. Simultaneous Mentorship: While learning, you’re offered mentorship as well, which is a great way to have a better understanding of your industry. Mentorship comes in two ways: peer-to-peer and expert. Since all Savvy Fellows don’t have the same level of experience, more experienced and knowledgeable Fellows help guide others. A select few Fellows get expert mentorship from industry experts.
3. Life-long Community: “Once a Savvy Fellow, always a Savvy Fellow.” Savvy isn’t just a 12-weeks learning, assessment, and mentorship program, it’s a life-long entrepreneurial learning process. Post Fellowship, you can constantly access your Savvy Fellowship account and have access to our weekly updated resources, in the form of entrepreneurial tips, nuggets, and opportunities.
Savvy is for everyone because we don’t see color. We are one. We’re interested in exceptional young professionals.
Savvy is a rolling virtual Fellowship program for passionate and brilliant young professionals seeking to be part of the new generation of impact entrepreneurs.
After 12 weeks of learning, assessment, and mentorship, you’ll still find the Savvy platform useful as we have more learning modules on Business Communications under the ‘Post Fellowship’ tab. Also, we constantly share weekly articles on impact entrepreneurship, so your Savvy Fellowship account will be useful even after you complete the 12-weeks virtual Fellowship program.
You will learn everything from ideation to scaling.
Week 1: Your Customer
Week 2: Your Product or Service
Week 3: Your Competitors
Week 4: Your Market
Week 5: Your Revenue Model
Week 6: Your Customer Acquisition, Activation & Retention Strategy
Week 7: Your Operations
Week 8: Your Business Structure
Week 9: Your Go-to-Market Strategy
Week 10: Your Team
Week 11: Your Fundraising Strategy
Week 12: Your Partners
Savvy is a rolling virtual program, which means no cohort, no application deadline, and no ethnic restriction. Our ideal Fellow should be between the ages of 18 to 40, young, passionate, and brilliant. However, we consider those above 40, with at least 5 years of work or entrepreneurial experience. We accept new applications every day, year-round.
Savvy Fellowship kicks off with a rigorous 12-weeks e-learning experience. As a Savvy Fellow, you will get to learn everything from ideation to scaling. Some of the things you’ll learn during the program are ‘understanding your customer’, ‘building a product or service that effectively solves their key challenges’, and ‘effectively positioning your solution in the market.’ We also have optional learning modules on Business Communications that last for an additional 10 weeks.
Yes. Due to a limited number of expert mentors within the Savvy community, we have introduced peer-to-peer mentorship, which we have found very effective over the years. Our motto at Savvy is: “Be Your Fellow’s Keeper.” So, since all Savvy Fellows don’t have the same level of experience, more experienced and knowledgeable Fellows will help guide the others.
A select few Savvy Fellows will get weekly expert mentorship from renowned experts in their various industries. The selection will be based on how well a Fellow can demonstrate their need for expert mentorship, and how they will effectively transform all their learnings into a meaningful and measurable societal change within a specified period of time.
Yes. After 12 weeks, you’re able to request a Certificate of Completion to proudly share with your professional network. Fellows whose accounts are up to 12 weeks old are able to request a Certificate of Completion for the Savvy Fellowship program, via the ‘Account’ tab. Accounts that are less than 12 weeks are automatically unable to request a Certificate.
Yes. During the 12 weeks of learning, unlearning, and relearning, you can test your understanding by taking our weekly quizzes. The quizzes are a combination of multiple choices, Yes or No, and True or False. Assessments are the best way to identify your strengths and areas of weakness. Knowing your weaknesses helps you work effectively on them.