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Justine Massaba

Justine Massaba

Leadership Development Consultant
Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Mentorship Connection

This connection is free for all venture stages.

Four meetings per month

Unlimited chat, email, or text within boundaries.


I am interested in mentoring in the venture capital space because I believe in the transformative power of entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly in Africa. As a leadership development consultant with a focus on building successful teams and emotional intelligence, I understand the importance of effective leadership and strategic decision-making in driving the success of startups. My experience working with Nafasi Art Space has provided me with insights into the challenges and opportunities faced by organizations in the creative and cultural industries, which are increasingly attracting investment interest.

My interests and focus areas as a mentor for venture capital in Africa include guiding founders in refining their leadership skills, fostering emotional intelligence, and implementing management principles tailored to the startup environment. I am passionate about supporting entrepreneurs in navigating the complexities of building and scaling their businesses, particularly in emerging markets like Africa. Additionally, I aim to leverage my expertise in partnership development and grants management to help startups secure funding and strategic partnerships essential for growth and sustainability. Overall, I am committed to empowering founders to unlock their full potential and create lasting impact through their ventures.

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Mentorship motivation

  • I like to learn about industries and new businesses
  • I want to give back to the startup ecosystem and entrepreneurs coming up
  • I want to make new connections for myself and/or the organization I represent
  • I want to scout for new opportunities in engaging as an advisor or for a board seat

My motivation for engaging in the venture capital space stems from a desire to give back to the startup ecosystem by leveraging my experience and expertise to support the next generation of entrepreneurs. Having worked extensively in leadership development and partnership roles, I see mentoring as a way to contribute to the growth and success of startups, particularly in emerging markets like Africa.

Furthermore, I am drawn to the opportunity to learn about new industries and sectors through my involvement in venture capital. By mentoring startups, I can gain insights into innovative ideas and emerging trends, expanding my knowledge base and staying abreast of developments in various sectors.

Scouting for new opportunities is another key motivator for me. As a mentor in the venture capital space, I have the opportunity to identify promising startups with high growth potential and innovative solutions. This allows me to stay proactive in seeking out new investment opportunities and staying ahead of the curve in the dynamic startup landscape.

Lastly, mentoring in venture capital provides me with the chance to make new connections and expand my network within the startup ecosystem. By engaging with founders, investors, and other stakeholders, I can forge valuable relationships that may lead to collaboration, partnership opportunities, or even new ventures in the future. Overall, my motivation for venturing into the venture capital space is driven by a combination of giving back, learning, scouting for opportunities, and building connections within the startup ecosystem.