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Japan International Cooperation Agency expands its NINJA start-up accelerator program to Kenya

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After Ethiopia, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is expanding its start-up accelerator program (NINJA Accelerator) to Kenya, scheduled to take place in Nairobi on April 7th, 2021, in partnership with the Double Feather Partners (DFP) / Deloitte Tohmatsu consortium, and GrowthAfrica.

The “NINJA Accelerator in Kenya” is the first of a series of NINJA Accelerators that JICA plans to launch in Africa over the next three years, further broadening JICA’s engagement with African start-ups, building upon its “NINJA Business Plan Competition in Response to COVID-19”, whose Grand Finale will be streamed live from Tokyo on February 26th, 2021. 

Japanese-led accelerator expanding to Kenya

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A first cohort of five Kenyan start-ups will be carefully selected to take part in a three-month, tailored, intensive program with each startup offered a symbolic US$ 15,000 Welcome Award from Double Feather Partners, as well as a chance to participate a business event in Tokyo courtesy of JICA among other surprises.  

Applications to the NINJA Accelerator in Kenya are now open until February 22, 2021, here

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The Grand Finale of the NINJA Business Plan Competition in Response to COVID-19

In addition to its upcoming NINJA Accelerators in Africa, JICA will be organizing the Grand Finale of its “NINJA Business Plan Competition in Response to COVID-19” on February 26, 2021 in partnership with Japan’s leading business publication Nikkei and Japanese consulting firm Double Feather Partners. 

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Launched in July 2020, 10 Finalists were selected out of over 2,700 African start-ups from 19 countries for a chance to sign a work contract with JICA, win an equity/debt-free sum of up to US$ 30,000, and take part in a pitch event, the Grand Finale, hosted in Tokyo for further investments and business partnership opportunities sponsored by JICA. 

The 10 Finalists include:

1. Agrinfo (Tanzania)

2. Africa LLC (South Africa),

3. Appy People (Angola),

4. Emergency Response Africa (Nigeria),

5. Lifestores Healthcare (Nigeria),

6. MajestEYE (Tunisia),

7. Mobile Scan Solutions (Uganda),

8. Moja Ride (Côte d’Ivoire),

9. TranSoniCa (Ghana)

10. Upepo Technology (Kenya). 

The Grand Finale will be streamed online, for free on February 26, 2021 here. 

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Milcah Lukhanyu
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