27 September 2019
Applications open for UK-Africa virtual accelerator programme
Applications are open for AfriTech XYZ, a fully-funded UK-Africa virtual accelerator programme that connects early-stage African tech startups to mentors and investors worldwide.
AfriTech XYZ is an initiative run by Do it Now Now, which works with Africa-based startups to help them reach new networks and grow.
In a bid to better offer startups access to experts, tools, and investors, the free virtual accelerator programme has been launched to provide selected startups with access to investment readiness training, legal support on UK-Africa investment, mentorship, and networking and investment opportunities.
Nineteen startups from Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Uganda will be selected to take part, with the programme beginning next month and concluding with participants being introduced to UK-based investors in June 2020.
Facebook opens London accelerator to African companies
Facebook is inviting applications for the third edition of its London-based accelerator programme, which is open for the first time to African startups.
The Facebook accelerator is designed for startups from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) that are creating impact at scale using artificial intelligence (AI), augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR), blockchain and other Facebook technologies.
The 12-week programme begins in November, with startups gaining access to the knowledge and expertise of Facebook employees, which includes practical workshops in product, engineering, growth, impact, and bespoke mentorship.
Hosted inside Facebook’s London tech office, the programme will run in partnership with Founders Forum Group’s digital consultancy agency, Founders Intelligence. Product managers, data scientists, marketers, recruitment specialists and engineers from Facebook will offer mentorship to the startups involved in the programme, while Facebook Connectivity will support companies that are building solutions to bring faster, cheaper and better connectivity and internet services to people across Africa.
“Innovation is at the heart of Facebook and today we are opening up our London accelerator programme to Africa. The selected startups will gain access to experts from across Facebook including those working in AR, blockchain and AI. We hope that through this programme we can help nurture a new cohort of businesses that make a positive impact on the world,” said Nicola Mendelsohn, vice president (VP) of EMEA at Facebook.