The Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund is able to support an array of enterprises including early stage enterprises, mature enterprises testing new innovations, and non-profit organisations. Government organisations, political parties and organisations that advocate, or espouse anti-democratic policies or illegal activities are not eligible to receive funding from the Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund.

The fund will target initiatives that are post proof of concept, innovative, scalable, sustainable and that have demonstrated substantial impact.

Selection criteria


Demonstrated ability to substantially create large numbers of new jobs, significantly improve job quality and/or contribute a relatively large increase in income generated by youth.

Proof of concept

Demonstrated evidence showing that the design, concept and business proposal has a clear and practical application.


Demonstrated clear differentiation of product, process, technology or business model from current standard practice.


Demonstrated viability of business model that does not require ongoing grant funding for long term sustainability.


Demonstrated potential for replicability of the business model across different geographies and market and/or expansion of existing model to serve more beneficiaries within the same context.

Positive externality

Demonstrated positive externality i.e. how the impact of the project will go beyond private commercial interests.