Kenya’s Kuhustle selected for Y Combinator programme

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Kenyan recruitment startup Kuhustle has been selected to take part in the latest Y Combinator Fellowship Programme in Silicon Valley, and will now participate in an eight-week programme complete with US$20,000 in funding.

Kuhustle started life as a freelancer recruitment platform but has since pivoted to become an on-demand tech talent service, a move chief executive officer Sam Gichuru said had led to it becoming profitable.

It has now gained the support of the Y Combinator Fellowship Program, through which it will gain access to funding and mentorship.

The fellowship is designed to help launch startups currently in their early stage and is backed by Y Combinator, one of the most respected startup incubators in the world and previously supporters of the likes of Airbnb, Dropbox, and Reddit.

US-based accelerators are increasingly accepting African startups onto their programmes, with Egyptian bug-reporting app Instabug selected for the last Y Combinator programme.

The team will participate in the Kick Off conference during the first week of the programme, while the subsequent weeks of the programme will be conducted remotely, with virtual weekly office hours and talks. At the end of the programme, Kuhustle will pitch to investors at a Virtual Demo Day.

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