Spring Fellowship Accelerator selects 4 startups for its inaugural program


Spring Fellowship Accelerator, powered by Kinaya Ventures has selected four startups into the inaugural accelerator to be held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The inaugural cohort is an assembly of talented founders representing Sub-Saharan Africa, coming from Benin, Nigeria, South Africa and Tanzania. will for the next 16 weeks, will work in the beating heart of one of Francophone Africa’s most modern and tech-oriented cities: Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

The 2019 Spring Fellowship cohort will have access to mentorship, networking and support to help them to accelerate their dreams and scale to the next level. The program will culminate in a Demo Day in Abidjan, where the companies will have the chance to pitch their pilots or proof of concepts to a selected pool of industry leaders and leading investors for follow-on funding.

To help startups grow and scale, Spring Fellowship has the support of 2 leading corporate partners: Nestlé and ELLE.CI. Together with incredible mentors and with Nestlé and ELLE.CI executives, Kinaya Ventures is excited to support these companies in their goal of disrupting the foodtech, retailtech and martech sectors, leveraging on collaborations with industry leaders and major brands in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Here is the first cohort of Spring Fellowship:

Exportunity, Benin

Exportunity is a B2B2C marketplace with a decentralized blockchain app, mapping, and facilitating payments & delivery for proximity businesses.

Last mile for BOP, South Africa

Last Mile for BOP has developed Shopit, which is a mobile application that enables informal grocery stores in popular and rural areas to compare prices at wholesalers, order all their stock at the best price from their phone, and get it delivered to their doorstep within a few hours.

Tracksend, Nigeria

Tracksend has developed a Mailchimp-like solution for SMS, WhatsApp and Telegram campaigns that helps marketing teams send messages, track them, re-market contacts, A/B Testing and measure conversion.

WAFCo, Tanzania

WAFCo has a nutritious flour branded as TAMA Composite Flour, which provides the essential nutritional requirements for babies, expectant and lactating mothers.