Business Developer - Talent Agency

Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire
Full Time
Seedstars Academy
Mid Level

About Seedstars and SAFEEM

Seedstars is a global investment holding with headquarters in Switzerland, 15 offices and a presence in 80+ emerging markets. We are on a mission to impact people’s lives in emerging markets through technology and entrepreneurship. The group is organised around two key activities; 1) talent incubation and 2) VC investing. We incubate talent and high growth ventures through a series of programs from idea stage to early growth stage. We are currently building a platform of funds to be positioned as a key early-stage emerging market VC.

SAFEEM is a non-profit organization that supports and empowers entrepreneurs in emerging markets. As the consortium lead, SAFEEM will serve as the main point of contact to MCC and will ensure alignment and coordination with the consortium partners, as well as implement and foster learning mechanisms throughout the project. 

About the Program

The DigiFemmes Program is a holistic technical assistance program to enhance the capacity of women in Cote d’Ivoire to run and grow successful businesses by participating in the digital economy. The program supports existing W-SMEs in their growth journeys, creates a robust pipeline of new W-SMEs, and works with ecosystem stakeholders to create a supportive environment for digital skills in Cote d’Ivoire. The DigiFemmes Program combines an innovative, yet proven pedagogical approach to skill training with a built-in sustainability mechanism to ensure that the program is impactful, scalable and sustainable. As part of the program, the DigiFemmes Academy component is a two -years program which aims to create a new generation of women in tech entrepreneurs through a combination of an 18 months full stack Developer training followed by a 6 months incubation program.

About the job

We are seeking a highly motivated Business Developer to join our DigiFemmes team. Reporting to the manager of the DigiFemmes Academy component ( for activities) and also the sustainability manager ( for revenue generation strategy), the successful candidate will be responsible for developing partnerships with corporate companies for future placements of the beneficiaries of the DigiFemmes Academy locally and internationally, supporting compensation negotiations, and generating revenue for the program based on talent placement and management.


  • Lead the talent agency team in Abidjan, overseeing all aspects of talent placement and management for DigiFemmes Academy graduates.
  • Develop and implement the agency's strategic plan for revenue generation, partnerships, and growth for the talent agency
  • Develop partnerships with corporate companies for future placements of our learners locally and internationally
  • Support with compensation negotiations
  • Generate revenue for the program based on talent placement and management
  • Conduct market research and identify potential clients
  • Build and maintain relationships with existing and potential clients
  • Negotiate contracts and close deals
  • Prepare reports on business development activities
  • Develop and maintain accurate records and reporting on the talent agency's performance, including financial reports and KPIs.
  • Provide mentorship and guidance to the Academy beneficiaries to support their career growth and development.
  • Work with the sustainabilityManager to ensure that the agency is meeting its revenue and placement targets


  • At least 5 years of experience in corporate partnership negotiations and HR placement agency management
  • Proven track record of successful business development and revenue generation
  • Strong negotiation and communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

 Why our employees love working with us:

  • We are on a mission which is bigger than all of us: to impact people’s lives in emerging markets
  • You get many growth opportunities and responsibilities early on
  • You work in an entrepreneurial culture where you’re surrounded by a vibrant and diverse team
  • We offer autonomy and flexibility with a flat hierarchy and a strong belief that responsible people should have the freedom to do their work when and how they want
  • We were awarded as one of the most democratic workplaces in the world due to our freedom centered practices 

We are an equal opportunity employer with a diverse mix of nationalities and backgrounds represented in our company. We truly value diversity and believe that the cultural landscape of our organization should reflect the types of work that we engage in and the places that we do it. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status and strongly encourage applicants from historically underrepresented groups to apply to all of our roles at Seedstars.


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