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Iyin Aboyeji & Mia von Koschitzky-Kimani launch Accelerate Africa, a tech accelerator with a $750,000 grant.

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Nigerian entrepreneur Iyin Aboyeji and Mia von Koschitzky-Kimani have teamed up to launch Accelerate Africa, a tech accelerator backed by a $750,000 USAID grant.

Aiming to become the “Y Combinator of Africa,” the tech accelerator will run an eight-week program for pre-seed and seed-stage startups across all sectors in 54 African countries. The founder says they will focus on honing storytelling, team building, business development, and product development skills based out of Nairobi and Lagos.

Successful entrepreneurs and Venture Capital founders, Iyin Aboyeji and Mia von Koschitzky-Kimani have teamed up to launch Accelerate Africa, a tech accelerator backed by a $750,000 USAID grant.

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Aiming to become the “Y Combinator of Africa,” the program empowers early-stage startups across all sectors and countries in Africa.

With Y Combinator scaling back its African focus, Accelerate Africa rises to support ambitious founders with promising ideas.

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Mr Aboyeji sees opportunities for startups who excel in Accelerate Africa but wouldn’t make it into YC’s current program.

The venture offers both funding and credibility to startups, leveraging Aboyeji’s deep understanding of the African market and Koschitzky-Kimani’s VC experience.

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It is worth noting that in-person sessions in Nairobi and Lagos provide tailored guidance and a network of investors beyond just Future Africa.

Unlike YC, Accelerate Africa focuses on securing follow-on funding for startups through investor connections, not program investments.

Startups pitch to angel investors, Series A and B firms, and potentially Future Africa, with Mr Aboyeji assuring fair competition and information segregation.

While Accelerate Africa and Future Africa are separate entities, some staff overlap raises concerns about potential bias.

Mr Aboyeji clarifies their commitment to transparency and ethical practices, assuring startups that information is not shared with potential competitors.He noted”We’re not signing NDAs, but we have no interest in building startups ourselves.”

Key Highlights of Accelerate Africa:

  • Eight-week program for pre-seed and seed-stage startups across all sectors and 54 African countries.
  • Focus on honing storytelling, team building, business development, and product development skills.
  • In-person program operating concurrently in Nairobi and Lagos, led by Aboyeji and Koschitzky-Kimani respectively.
  • Funding not guaranteed, but startups will have the opportunity to pitch to a network of investors, including Future Africa.
  • Emphasis on providing an African perspective and guidance tailored to the continent’s unique market realities.
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Diana Mutheu
Diana Mutheu
Diana Mutheu is a Tech enthusiast, happy to delve deeper into the African tech space covering Social Media, AI, Startups, Telcos, Cryptocurrency, Big Data, Women in Tech and all matters Tech. Write to me @[email protected]

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