The Savvy Fellowship Program which caters for Aspiring and Early-Stage Entrepreneurs has announced the addition of 14 new languages to its virtual fellowship programme. The programme which was launched in August 2020 had about 90 languages at inception. The addition of 14 new languages today brings the total languages to 104, which translates to 99% of the languages used by internet users in the world.
Savvy was founded with a vision to help at least 10,000 young professionals around the world transition into entrepreneurship, equip them with relevant knowledge and skills to become successful entrepreneurs, as a way to reduce global employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to information on the programme’s website, over 3,500 participants from 127 countries have passed through the programme since August 2020. These participants have gone on to start over 600 impact-driven businesses across diverse sectors in different regions around the world. With the addition of the new languages, the programme will now be offered in more than 100 languages due to the diversity of its participants.
The Co-founder and head of fellowship at Savvy, Chidi Nwaogu while giving a breakdown of languages used on the platform explained that 90.95% of the participants accessed the programme English, 4.1% in French, while 0.45% in Chinese. Meanwhile, the remaining 4.5% assess the program in different languages, including Arabic, Spanish, Hindi, Bengali, Russian, Japanese, Zulu, German, Italian, Portuguese, Yoruba, Igbo, and Hausa.
“The Savvy program was launched initially in 90 languages, but as the program grew and we began having participants from even more countries than we anticipated, we have decided to add 14 new languages to the program. Now, Savvy Fellows can take the Savvy course in any of the 104 languages, which fosters easy learning as participants can learn in their own native language,”
The Savvy program consists of three components – the learning, assessment, and mentorship sessions, all of which holds online. For 12 weeks, selected participants learn how to start, build, and scale an impact venture. Using visual presentations, Savvy helps them answer all the relevant questions on their mind. They learn how to gain early traction, achieve product-market fit, and scale into newer markets.
While learning, Savvy participants are offered mentorship as well, which comes in two ways – peer-to-peer mentorship or expert mentorship. This is a great way for them to have a better understanding of their chosen industry.
With the addition of these new languages, the Savvy fellowship programme is set to scale its impact and serve more entrepreneurs from around the world.