ASIP Accelerator picks two iconic women to its advisory board to help scale Africa’s best startups

AFRICA – Telecel Group’s Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) Accelerator powered by Startupbootcamp AfriTech has announced the creation of an industry advisory board to attract highly regarded executives with a passion for supporting African startups.  The founding members of the board are two accomplished female leaders who bring 55 years of combined experience – Eleanor Azar and Dale Mathias have been appointed as Director and Advisor to the Board respectively. ASIP offers several programs to support earlier stage African startups whose innovative ideas are making a profound difference in their…

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Investment platform Pangea Accelerator’s 2021 Scale-Up Program to invest up to US$3m in East African start-ups

EAST AFRICA – Investment platform Pangea Accelerator, has launched a scale-up program to support start-ups and grow them from seed to series A to enable more African entrepreneurs to gain access to the capital they need to accelerate their enterprises. The investment platform will invest between US$0.5 million to US$3 million into East African start-ups as only 6% of local founders have raised over US$1m compared to start-ups founded by expatriates.  Pangea Accelerator aims to help bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and investors and provide them with the skills they need…

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Japan’s NINJA Accelerator in Kenya picks 5 startups for its first cohort

KENYA – The “NINJA Accelerator in Kenya” – powered by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in partnership with Double Feather Partners (DFP), Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support (DTVS), Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory (DTFA) and GrowthAfrica has selected five high-potential Kenyan ventures for its first cohort. The NINJA Accelerator in Kenya will offer a blend of local, Japanese, and international mentoring, expertise, coaching, and investor relations, all customized to meet the needs of each venture over the course of three months with a Demo Day scheduled for July 29th, 2021.  The…

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Two African fintech startups to receive US$200,000 from Expert DOJO International Accelerator program

AFRICA – Nigeria’s Klasha and South Africa’s Akiba Digital, both of which are fintech startups, have been accepted into Expert DOJO International Accelerator program, a Southern California-based accelerator. The accelerator program invests US$100,000 into each of its startups and helps them scale up and gain traction for their businesses. Klasha and Akiba Digital will join Expert Dojo’s Spring 2021 cohort for their International Accelerator program. Klasha is an online universal checkout that allows international retailers to accept online payments in African currencies and is expected to reach US$4.5 million in…

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HiiL opens applications for Justice Accelerator for Southern Africa startups

SOUTHERN AFRICA – The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) is calling on all game-changing justice startups that want to grow their social impact and business to participate in this year’s HiiL Innovating Justice Challenge. Successful applicants will earn a place in the prestigious international HiiL Justice Accelerator programme, along with US$11,771 in funding and a package of tailored local support. The programme is searching for promising startups and social enterprises who are solving a pressing justice problem in a way that is high impact and sustainable.  Themba Mahleka, co-head of the…

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JICA expands its NINJA accelerator programme to Kenya

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…

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Facebook announces 12 African community leaders to be part of accelerator programme

AFRICA – Facebook has announced the 12 African community leaders who have been selected to join Facebook’s Community Accelerator a six-month programme that aims to equip communities with the training, mentorship, and funding they need to grow. Awarding up to US$3 million, selected community leaders will receive up to US$30,000 in funding. In the first three months of the programme, these leaders will learn from experts and coaches, whilst developing customized curriculums focused on growing their own communities. The following three months will then be focused on iterating and executing…

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