Dear Founder,

We see how far you’ve come on your startup journey and kudos to coming this far!

You’ve probably considered applying to some of the renowned international accelerator programs like Y Combinator, 500 Startups or Techstars to supercharge your trajectory but not quite sure about what they offer or perhaps going through the process seems super tedious. Or maybe you believe you’re a great fit but know don’t how to craft a compelling application and need some support.

Whether you’d like to know more about which is the right one for you or better yet, how you can get in, we’re here to help you every step of the way!

About Accelerate Africa (A2)

Accelerate Africa (A2) prepares early stage African founders for global scale. We identify partners who can provide them with access to capital, customers and channels that can catalyze their trajectory such as Global Technology Accelerators like Y Combinator, 500 Startups and Techstars; Governments; Global Technology Companies and Entrepreneur Support Organizations.


Our goal at Accelerate Africa (A2) is to transform the way you craft your startup’s narrative and package its value proposition to  best position you for successful application(s). 



One-on-one application support by global accelerator alumni from Africa

You will work closely with a group of star mentors who have themselves been accepted to and gone through a global accelerator. They will provide active guidance and soundboard your thoughts as you build out your application.



A curated community of leading applicants going through the process together

Building a startup can be isolating and challenging, but collaborating with other like minded people lessens this burden. This includes tapping into our local and global network that spans over 300 investors and over 100 startups to learn from and exchange knowledge.



Strategic investment from leading African VCs to further catalyse your journey

We will make strategic introductions and recommendations to our global network of co-investors. At the cumination of our program, you will also have the opportunity to pitch your business to leading African VCs during our Demo Day. Additionally, our Investment Committee will invest $75,000 for 5% equity in select cohort startups.

We have worked with a small cohort of startups applying to global accelerators and achieved promising impact


invested in 9 startups from the second cohort.


of these startups were positioned to go on to raise over $11m in follow on funding.

startups IN OUR PROGRAM WHICH we supported to get into GLOBAL ACCELERATORS



Webinar: Global Accelerators 101

Application Portal Opens

Wed 10th MAY

Curated Workshops: Y Combinator and Techstars

Fri 19th MAY 

Application Portal Closes

wed 24th may

25 Startups are Notified of their Acceptance into A2

WED 31st MAY 

Accelerate Africa ‘23 Kick Off

Webinar: Global Accelerators 101

Application Portal Opens


Curated Workshops:
Y Combinator and Techstars

WED 10th MAY

Application Portal Closes

Fri 19th may
‍ 2023

25 Startups are Notified of their Acceptance into A2

WED 24th MAY

Accelerate Africa '23 Kick Off

WED 31st MAY

(Applications close 19th May, 2023 at 11:59 PM WAT)

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Launch events

Call for Mentors

Are you an African alumni of Y Combinator or Techstars? Do you want to give back to early stage African Founders by helping them with their applications?

We are currently seeking mentors to provide 1o1 support to our 2023 Cohort by:

  •  Reviewing applications to identify the most promising startup
  • Providing feedback on applications to set them up for success
  • Writing recommendations to the global accelerators (where applicable)

Sign up by Friday 21st April 2023 to catalyse the next generation of global businesses with us.


Webinar: Global Accelerators 1o1

To kickstart the Accelerate Africa Program, we will host an info session on Wednesday 3rd May 2023 4pm - 5pm WAT to hear about what to expect from global accelerator programs:

  • What the Program offers
  • Applicant requirements
  • What success looks like
  • Q&A from the audience

Sign up by Sunday 30th April 2023 to attend the webinar to learn more about the global accelerator programs


Curated Workshops on Global Accelerators

As a followup from the Global Accelerators 1o1 webinar, we will host breakout workshops on Wednesday 10th May 2023 4pm - 5pm WAT with alumni and Program Managers to walk our attendees through what to expect:

  • Founders experiences in the global accelerator programs
  • How to answer questions
  • Common mistakes and misconceptions
  • Q&A session

Sign up by Sunday 7th May 2023 to attend the workshops to learn more about the global accelerator programs.

If you have any questions or need more information please contact

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