Bayi Foundation


Are you an African small or medium enterprise looking to scale your business? Do you need business support, resources and funds to grow your business? Then our Program is specifically tailored for you!


Africa & US Programs


Growth Catalyst

Unlock growth potential in just 8 weeks! 

Gain vital skills in finance, marketing, strategy, and sustainability. Elevate your business to new heights and unlock its full potential with our comprehensive training program that is a catalyst for growth.

Africa: This 8-week program provides executives of SMEs seeking growth capital training in the following key domains:

1. Organization Structure & Succession Planning

2. Financial Management

3. Trade and Digital Finance

4. Marketing and Branding

5. Strategic Management

6. Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Training

7. Business Automation

8. Solutions to Legal Challenges

US: This 3-week program provides executives of SMEs seeking growth capital training in the following key domains:

1. Maximizing your Value

2. Maximizing your Cash Flow

3. Increasing your Business Operational Processes

The course teaches entrepreneurs how to strategize in a competitive market through marketing communications and brand enhancement, how to handle their finances, and how their business processes relate to their operations, customers and the delivery of value.


Fellowship Program

Our 6-month program pairs SMEs with experienced mid-career professionals (Senior Fellows) to address training-identified pain points. Undergraduates (Junior Fellows) gain hands-on experience through a simultaneous internship, mentored by the Senior Fellows


Mentorship Program

Our experienced mentors serve as facilitators of the 8 and 3 weeks training, giving them first-hand knowledge and understanding of the SMEs and their unique needs. They select which SMEs to mentor and advise based on interest, experience and expertise.


Funding Program

The financing phase is an on-going need-based model designed to provide both debt and equity funding to support promising SMEs. BAYI Capital serves as the fund manager for this aspect of the program.

Why Join the Hub?

Unlock growth potential in just 8 weeks!
Gain vital skills in finance, marketing, strategy, and sustainability.
Elevate your business to new heights and unlock its full potential with our
comprehensive training program that is a catalyst for growth.

Tailored Support

Receive personalized training and mentorship to address unique challenges.

Access to Expertise

Gain guidance from seasoned professionals, enhancing decision-making and strategic capabilities.

Sustainable Growth

Participation fosters long-term success, equipping you with the tools and connections for enduring prosperity.


“TheHub was a pleasant way to spend Saturday mornings, learning from experts and other entrepreneurs”.

“Being a part of the BAYI Foundation – The Hub Program has proven invaluable for my company, Lima Consulting. I appreciated the training program where I enhanced my knowledge of the different aspects of business. I especially liked the marketing and business strategy modules as these were the 2 areas my company needed assistance with. Following the training program, BAYI Foundation has paired me with an experienced and capable fellow (coach) who has immensely helped me to assess the business and develop a new strategy that will turn the business around. Additionally, the Foundation contracted a junior fellow (employee) who is assisting with the day-to-day business operations, which has been huge. I am seeing real results in the company since joining The Hub Program.”

“I am really glad my team and I had the opportunity to build necessary foundational skills to run a successful organization. The structure of the program was fantastic and I will highly recommend it to other entrepreneurs.”

Frequently Asked Questions

No. To get funding and/or investment, your business needs to enroll in the training program then proceed to the fellowship and mentorship stages. Our fellows and mentors recommend your business as being investment ready, along with our due diligence conducted to ascertain the type and amount of funding your business qualifies for.

Our competitive advantage lies in the ecosystem of support that we provide. BAYI Foundation provides an ecosystem that is not only focused on providing capital but also creating impact within the SME and the communities that they belong to. We aid SMEs in securing the foundational expertise needed to create institutional businesses. The SME cohorts who fit our criteria join TheHUB™ program and moved through a dedicated process that is specially curated to equip entrepreneurs with skills that would enable them to scale their businesses. We also provide other services such as: free monthly advisory services by our experienced executives, business pitch trainings and creation/analysis of financial statements trainings. We provide access to discussion webinar series, where we discuss hot topics that impact SMEs, trade and investment gaps globally.

No. Joining the TheHUB™ allows us to build a relationship with you and allows us to have a better understanding of your business. This is ideal for financing.

The purpose of going through all stages of TheHUB™ program is to get you and your business investor ready and equipped with basic and necessary skills on how to manage the business. 

The training program covers very essential business management topics like trade and digital finance, ESG (environmental, social and governance), marketing, strategy, and legal solutions etc. In the Fellowship, the team assigned to you will work to support, analyze, and develop your business model while assisting in achieving your KPI’s and establish a business plan rooted in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) goals.  The mentor will help connect you with investors across the globe and establish your venture value and capacities that would help you build towards your goals for economic growth, with the aim to equip you with resources and contacts to raise capital for your business.

No. We focus on growing businesses that have: 

  • – A minimum 3 years of operations
  • – At least 1 year of Audited financial statements
  • – Businesses or services that can demonstrate incremental revenue

No, your business will be scrutinized in our selection process to see if your business meets the criteria to join the fellowship program

The criteria to join the program includes:

  • – Complete participation in the training program.
  • – Being be a Product based company is an added advantage.
  • – Willing to work with the fellowship and BAYI teams.
  • – Willing and able to provide audited financial statements (at least 1 year).
  • – Have a strong leadership team, and not led by 1 individual.
We can facilitate a either Debt or Equity capital, ticket sizes of between USD $3Million-$15 Million. And also offers short-term debt financing to a maximum of $250,000.

Audited statements are preferred but Management accounts are also acceptable. We do not accept Bank or Mpesa (Mobile money transfer) Statements.

No, BAYI only lends to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises.

We are sector agnostic, except for SMEs in the Oil and Gas sectors.

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