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The First Africa Startup Digital Accelerator: We accelerate 100 companies to market each year. Our 2-day accelerator program is open to all small businesses, startups, and freelancers connected to Africa. Each application round is rolling admission until we select our top 100. We then select the top 10 companies from the applicant pool to pitch investors on demo day. Top 3 are announced the next day and proceed to get capital investment with our investor network.

The program has several components.

  • Part 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.
  • Part 2 Mentorship: Once companies complete the program- they are given access to monthly startup development training with mentorship from successful entrepreneurs.
  • Part 3 Progress & Investment: Companies are given an opportunity to submit updates on their companies 2x per year to and pitch our investor network for capital.


Accelerator Program Dates:

Apply to join Africa’s first free digital accelerator! The inaugural launch program is free for the first 100 startups.

Date: January 9-10, 2017(Monday-Tuesday) 6pm-9pm Ghana Time 


Day1 January 9, 2017- Business Boot Camp

  • 6pm-6:15 Orientation
    6:15-6:30 Workshop Partner
    6:30-7:00 Ideation, Product Development
    7:00-7:30 Customer Acquisition-Press & Marketing
    7:30-8:00 Legal, Funding, Branding
    8:00-9:00 Q/A w/ Guest Speakers

Day2 January 10, 2017- Pitch Off Night

  • 6pm-6:15 Review
    6:15-6:30 Workshop Partner
    6:30-7:00 Entrepreneur Keynote
    7:00-8:00 Top 10 Pitch Demo Night
    8:00-9:00 Q/A With the Judges

Admissions is rolling. 

Apply now! 

Current Community Partners 

Previous partners/speakers:

Inc Magazine Arabia, IBM Global Entrepreneur, Tech Stars, Mass Challenge, Draper University, Singularity University and more! More information at

GSE Partner

Christine Souffrant Ntim is a Haitian-American entrepreneur with over 7 years business management experience across 30+countries. She was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, and Caribbean Change Makers 30 Under 30 in 2016. She speaks on leadership, disruptive entrepreneurship, and exponential tech AI, VR, Robotics at the United Nations, TEDx, European Union Forum and over 20+ global conferences each year. She also interviews top influencers in the Middle East as the Managing Chapter Director of Startup Grind Dubai, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Her entrepreneurial journey started with Vendedy a social network connecting global travelers to street markets. The innovative platform was featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine, IBM Global Entrepreneur, Microsoft, the Clinton Global Initiative, Master Card Priceless Pitch, SheKnowsMedia Pitch, Chivas Venture Million Dollar Prize, Forbes Million Dollar Prize Top 40, SOCAP Gratitude Network, and Digital Entertainment World. Her efforts to digitize a $10 trillion dollar street market economy by centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets was also featured in alumni networks at Singularity@NASA, Draper University, Dartmouth College Alumni Magazine, and Hult International Business School Magazine.Today, Christine is an award-winning keynote speaker, traveler and serial entrepreneur who builds startup ecosystems for entrepreneurs.


Guest Judges: More To Be Announced

Regina Njima head up the Global Impact Challenges program at Singularity University and is dedicated to accelerating and championing socio-economic transformation through innovation and entrepreneurship.Prior to this, Regina had a successful career working for different organizations which includes, the United Nations (UNESCO), Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Technoserve and the Ministry of Health, Kenya.

Einstein Ntim is a leading influencer within startup development networks from Silicon Valley to Africa. As a Ghana’s Future Leaders 30 Under 30 network representative, he speaks about mental health, entrepreneurship, and exponential technology at global accelerators, conferences, and corporate programs. He is also a serial entrepreneur, founding 2 healthcare startups- Enabled International (which leverages AI technology to digitize mental health data systems) and Bloomer Tech (which uses sensor technology to digitize clothing). Einstein was able to amass several partners from Singularity@NASA, Draper University, and other Silicon Valley based groups to build startup ecosystems for entrepreneurs of the African Diaspora with the launching of AfricaStartupEcosystem (a central directory of startup founders, accelerators, and funding on the African continent). Prior to his work in the USA, Einstein had a very diverse career in banking (UBS, Statestreet, Deutsche Bank), authorship (writer of “A New Way”), military (UK TA), ministry (Methodist Church minister) and professional sports (Harlequins Rugby Squad). He conducted business across different parts of Europe, China, India, Latin America and Africa. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics (LSE).

Guest Speakers: More To Be Announced

Adi Abili (Startups, Venture Capital, Tech) Advisory board member at SXSW; Former program director at Draper University and investor at Glassroots Ventures; Consulting at AngelHack HACKcelerator program.

Uwemakpan Uwemedimo —I.T. Consultant | Startup Grind Chapter Director | Passionate about Entrepreneurship. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.

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