CLIENT: Novastar Ventures

SECTOR: Private Equity / Venture Capital


The Client Novastar is a venture catalyst firm assisting the next generation of exceptional entrepreneurs who are designing and executing innovative business models to profitably serve East Africa’s aspiring mass market.

The Challenge As Novastar were building up their team, they needed a strong Associate with experience structuring, undertaking and interpreting market research / financial models. Outstanding analytical skills, the ability to break down complex problems quickly and experience with start-ups as an investor, entrepreneur or team member were essential.

The Results KCH worked tirelessly with Novastar, assessing and sourcing numerous candidates before finding the right fit. Brian, a Yale Graduate, was a Kenyan who returned home to help develop entrepreneurial businesses in the region, with a passion for innovation and strong analytical, operational and relationship building skills.


“We gave Kenyans Come Home a very difficult task – we were looking for very specific skills and experience and were not willing to compromise on quality. They found us many candidates and, even when we rejected many, the team kept working away at it. In the end, they brought us an excellent candidate. KCH did not give up even when we proved to be a more difficult client that they probably anticipated. I would (and have) always recommend them – KCH is committed to finding the right people and will not stop until they do.”

Niraj Varia, Investment Director, Novastar Ventures

“Working with KCH was a great experience. The period between getting in touch with them, getting matched with the right position and eventual placement was the shortest I’ve ever experienced. KCH were also able to find the right fit for me, which is more important than the speed in which it happened. I’m glad we worked together and I’d recommend them to anyone looking for exceptional recruitment services.”

Brian Odhiambo, Associate, Novastar Ventures