Africa Startup Ecosystem has announced the First Africa Digital Accelerator. The program aims to help 100 companies accelerate to market each year. The 2-day accelerator program is open to all small businesses, startups, freelancers connected to Africa. 10 companies would then be selected from the top 100 applicants; and these 10 get to pitch to investors on demo day. The top 3 will be announced the next day and they will proceed to get capital investment with the investor network.
The program has several components:
1. Startup Development: First is the accelerator program that includes intense startup development training followed by an online demo day for the top ten companies to pitch investors, press and global accelerator directors.
2. Mentorship: Once companies complete the program, they are given access to monthly startup development training with mentorship from successful entrepreneurs.
3. Progress & Investment: Startups are given an opportunity to submit updates on their companies twice a year and pitch to investors for capital.
Date: January 9-10, 2017; 6pm-9pm Ghana Time
Day 1 – Business Boot Camp
6:15-6:30 Workshop Partner- Send Grid
6:30-7:00 Ideation, Product Development
7:00-7:30 Customer Acquisition
7:30-8:00 Press & Marketing
8:00-9:00 Legal, Funding, Branding
Day 2 – Pitch Off Night
6:15-7:15 Keynote Speakers
Evelyn Gitau—Program Manager at The African Academy of Sciences
Uwemakpan Uwemedimo —Startup Grind Chapter Director Lagos
Emmanuel Nyame”Why Africa Needs More Entrepreneurs”
Mac-Jordan Degadjor- Blogger & Tech Consultant
Aniedi Udo-Obong Leveraging Communities to Grow Your Startup
7:15-8:00 Top 10 Pitch Demo Night
8:00-9:00 Q/A With the Judges
Apply here to join the digital accelerator now. The inaugural launch program is free for the first 100 startups.