Africa's innovation economy is booming. There are now more than 500 incubators and accelerators on the continent that are helping startups solve problems around financial inclusion, healthcare, and education. Our Nairobi office is leading accelerators as well as initiatives around talent and entrepreneur support.
Our current accelerator, Agriculture: Africa 2019, is working with startups that have the potential to raise productivity for small farmers ,improve and secure the value chain, and strengthen links to markets, all while generating job growth and local economic development.
We released a playbook, Unlocking Pipeline: A Playbook For Entrepreneur Support in Africa, that shares best practices for accelerators and incubators in Africa.
Accelerators At A Glance
Fintech Africa 2018
Fintech in Africa is evolving quickly, as startups build on mobile payments technology to create solutions around lending and insurance. Our accelerator with PayPal featured ten startups and informed a report, “Beyond Payments”. Read more.
Affordable Nutrition Forum
Demand for health food products is growing in West Africa, yet inefficiencies in supply chain, manufacturing, logistics and distribution make it difficult for healthy food products to reach the right people at the right price. We partnered with The Hershey Company to find and support entrepreneurs that are tackling these problems.
VilCap Communities Africa
We ran a program in partnership with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) Impact Programme to equip entrepreneur ecosystem leaders across sub-Saharan Africa with the tools, resources and connections they need to catalyse impact investment.
Past and current Partners
Region-specific data for Sub-Saharan Africa go here.