Katapult launches African accelerator in partnership with Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

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The Katapult Africa Accelerator Programme, which will look to accelerate and invest in agri-tech and climate-tech startups, has been launched in partnership with the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Norrsken, and Smart Africa.

The Katapult Accelerator, based in Norway, has invested in a number of African startups and launched spin-offs like Katapult Ocean and a climate-focused program.

The three-month Katapult Africa Accelerator Program will operate both physically and digitally, with the goal of accelerating and investing in up to 15 startups. In addition, a 30-seat pre-accelerator program will be offered.

Agricultural and climate-tech startups, as well as supply chain services, distribution and logistics, and sustainable infrastructure startups, are strongly invited to apply.

“As Katapult launches the Africa Accelerator Programme, the Katapult Africa team here in Kigali, Rwanda are all very excited to be working with our program partners TBI, Smart Africa and Norrsken, as well as engaging with companies, different ecosystem partners and corporate partners,” said Philip Gasaatura, Katapult country director for Rwanda.

“We believe African startups can help solve some of the big challenges Africa faces today as one of the fastest growing markets and this we believe is a great investment opportunity and so our goal is to find, invest in and help scale some of the most exciting tech companies with the most impact potential on Africa’s food and agri value chains, across Africa.”