Apply for the Digital Assistive Technology (DAT) Accelerator Program Cohort 6

Call for applications for innovators across the African continent who are dedicated to developing digital assistive technologies and services designed to assist persons with disabilities in Africa. 

THEME: Digital Assistive Technology (AT) 

Innovate Now is looking to support startups offering persons with disabilities in Africa access to digital assistive technology solutions or that leverage digital platforms to help persons with disabilities access assistive technology for education, healthcare, livelihood and other sectors. 

Eligibility

  • Geography: East Africa
  • Stage: Ventures past proof-of-concept with minimum viable product and some initial users
  • Sector: Digitally enabled Assistive Technology products and services
  • Type: Both for-profit and non-profit social enterprises can apply.
  • Inclusive Participation: entrepreneurs with disabilities and women highly encouraged to apply.
  • Age: Applicants must be of legal working age in Kenya (18 years) or guaranteed by a guardian of legal working age. They must have all the legal rights to work in Kenya.

Requirements:

  • Innovation-driven startups who are improving access to assistive technology through digital means or offering digital assistive technology solutions across education, healthcare, livelihoods and other sectors.
  • Innovative, execution focused-agile problem solvers
  • Authentic mission-driven founder(s)
  • Teams with a culture of empathy, continuous learning and problem solving
  • Structured and efficient teams (defined ownership, commitment, roles and accountability) and organisation (systems, processes and resources)

Benefits

  • Access to Kenya-based and global mentors and subject matter experts in assistive technology and entrepreneurship.
  • Access to our growing network of Live Labs-A unique concept that allows you to test, get feedback and validate directly with persons with disabilities across East Africa.
  • Access to our investor network and investor readiness programs and our funding ecosystem e.g. AT Impact Fund, innovation advisory and investment and Norwegian community of practice.
  • Technical Assistance: tangible, direct support relating to what’s needed for your startup to succeed: legal, marketing, fundraising, experimental design, pitching and investor readiness.
  • Access to our global inclusive innovation ecosystem and partner network across organisations of persons with disabilities, universities, funders, Assistive Technology experts, disability experts, inclusive design experts, corporations and NGOs.
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Program Details

  • Application deadline: 15 August
  • Cohort duration: 3 months
  • Location: Online

Selection

The selection process will be two-step:

  • Stage 1: online shortlisting
  • Stage 2: online Interview Selection

A team of expert judges will evaluate and will shortlist applicants based on eligibility criteria and application form responses. The shortlist will proceed to stage 2: the final interview where a maximum of 10 teams will be selected to join Innovate Now Cohort 6. All teams must participate online in stages 1 and 2 selections.

Acceptance into the Programme

  • Selected applicants will be notified via email no more than a week after the final interview.
  • Selected applicants will be issued a letter of acceptance which they will be required to sign in duplicate.
  • Accepted applicants will be issued with a welcome pack containing information about all program activities, curriculum and process.

Cost

  • Participants will not be charged any money to participate.
  • Innovate Now will not take any equity stake in cohort companies.
  • Persons with disabilities will be reimbursed for any additional costs they have to bear to participate in the programme to reduce barriers to equal participation in the programme.

For More Information: Visit the Official Webpage of the Digital Assistive Technology (DAT) Accelerator Program 2022. Application Deadline: 15 August 2022

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