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 Applications open for the 2023 edition of the ARM Labs Techstars Accelerator Program 

Techstars, the pre-seed investor that provides access to capital, programming and connections to early-stage entrepreneurs, in partnership with ARM Labs, a Lagos-based innovation program, announces  the call for applications for the 2023 edition of the ARM Labs Lagos Techstars Accelerator Program

Following the success of the inaugural program in 2022, the ARM Labs Lagos Techstars Accelerator 2023 program will support startups based in Africa that are building innovative companies across FinTech, Mobility, E-commerce and TalentTech. 

The three-month, in-person program is based in Lagos, Nigeria. The first month is dedicated to refining the startup’s value proposition through extensive hands-on training and exposure to over 100 Techstars mentors. Month two features guest speakers including top ecosystem operators and founders, tailored workshops, and one-on-one support to help founders execute and accelerate their business. The third month is focused on preparing the startups for fundraising, and the building of investor relationships. 

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While speaking about her experience in the 2022 program, Folake Fajemirokun, Founder and CEO of Towntalk said, “The benefits provided by the program are priceless. It helped us structure the business, get obsessed and more focussed on finding a solution to the problems we are solving for, and finesse our narrative for fundraising. All things I don’t believe we would have achieved without the program.”

The ARM Labs Techstars Lagos program is Techstars’ only on-ground accelerator in Africa. Oyin Solebo, Techstars Managing Director of ARM Labs Lagos Techstars Accelerator said, “Techstars’ State of Innovation survey showed that entrepreneurs view accelerators as the biggest driver of innovation in Africa. Together, Techstars and ARM bring the on-the-ground, local support that is essential in fostering African entrepreneurship that will contribute to the success of the continent’s tech ecosystem.”

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The ARM Labs Lagos Techstars accelerator is supported by key ecosystem leaders in Africa including Ashim Egunjobi, Partner at Octerra Capital, Tunde Kehinde, Founding member of Jumia and Founder and CEO of Lidya, Olumide Soyombo, Partner at Voltron Capital, Alice Tomdio, Chief Financial Officer of YellowCard, Amandine Lobelle, Chief Operating Officer of Paystack, and Adedeji Olowe, Founder and CEO of Lendsqr

Applications for the 2023 ARM Labs Lagos Techstars Accelerator program close August 9, 2023. Founders are encouraged to submit their applications early, as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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The program will commence November 13, 2023 and conclude with a Demo Day showcase on February 15, 2024 where investors, community, government and business leaders will experience the transformational power entrepreneurs have on the African ecosystem. Last year’s invite-only Demo Day had over 400+ attendees in person and an additional 2,500+ people streamed the event live on YouTube and LinkedIn.

Milcah Lukhanyu
Milcah Lukhanyu
I cover tech news across Africa. Drop me an email at [email protected]

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