Jessica Colaco

Head of Growth and Success, Brave






Jessica Francisca Colaço is an entrepreneur and TED fellow born and based in Nairobi, Kenya. She co-founded Brave Venture Labs based in Nairobi, Kenya and the US with Ibanga Umanah and Daniele Orner-Ginor. Brave is a data driven company helping companies across Africa to hire the best talent for their product teams.

Jessica is a dynamic speaker and has featured on global platforms talking about her work in technology and entrepreneurship. She has spoken at SWSX in 2014 and 2015. She has also given guest lectures at Harvard in 2017 and 2018.

She co-founded the iHub with Erik Hersman in 2010. It was the first tech-hub in Kenya and East Africa. At iHub, she served in various leadership positions for 6 years such as Operations, Strategy, Partnerships, Research advisory, Sales and Business Development.

She is passionate about how ecosystems arise and evolve over time. She has built various communities in the last 10 years from developers, startups, corporates and investors.She is currently writing a book about her journey at iHub and how it all happened (The intentional serendipity of the tech ecosystem in Kenya)

Why are you optimistic about the future of work?

quote I foresee, employer and employee co-creating the activities of a job, starting with a very clear understanding of the company’s growth and talent potential.

The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge to become Economic Prosperity Challenge in 2020