KENYA – The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is expanding its startup accelerator programme NINJA Accelerator to Kenya.
JICA is the body that coordinates official development assistance for the Japanese government in developing countries and aims to promote international cooperation by supporting the socio-economic development, recovery, or economic stability of emerging economies.
The NINJA Accelerator 9 was launched in Ethiopia last year and is now expanding it to Nairobi in April in partnership with the Double Feather Partners (DFP), the Deloitte Tohmatsu consortium and Growth Africa.
The first cohort of five Kenyan startups will be selected to take part in a three-month, tailored, intensive programme offering a unique blend of Japanese and African expertise, local knowledge, and access to a pool of Japanese, African, and global mentors and investors.
Each selected startup will be offered a symbolic US$15,000 Welcome Award from Double Feather Partners, as well as a chance to participate in a business event in Tokyo courtesy of JICA.
“The first cohort of five Kenyan startups will be selected to take part in a three-month, tailored, intensive programme offering a unique blend of Japanese and African expertise access to a pool of Japanese, African and global mentors and investors”
JICA plans to launch a series of NINJA Accelerators across Africa over the next three years, further broadening JICA’s engagement with African startups and building upon its NINJA Business Plan Competition in Response to Covid-19, the final of which takes place on February 26 this year.
Applications to the NINJA Accelerator in Kenya are open until February 22, while interested parties can register to attend the grand finale of the NINJA Business Plan Competition in Response to Covid -19.
Ten finalists were selected from over 2,700 African startup applicants from 19 countries for a chance to sign a work contract with JICA and win up to US$30,000 in prize money.
Those finalists are Agrinfo (Tanzania), And Africa LLC (South Africa), Appy People (Angola), Emergency Response Africa (Nigeria), Lifestores Healthcare (Nigeria), MajestEYE (Tunisia), Mobile Scan Solutions (Uganda), Moja Ride (Ivory Coast), TranSoniCa (Ghana), and Upepo Technology (Kenya).
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