Africa’s First Digital Accelerator Releases 2017 Agenda

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The First Africa Startup Digital Accelerator: We accelerate 100 companies to market each year. Our 2-day accelerator program is open to all small businesses, startups, and freelancers connected to Africa. Each application round is rolling admission until we select our top 100. We then select the top 10 companies from the applicant pool to pitch investors on demo day. Top 3 are announced the next day and proceed to get capital investment with our investor network.

The program has several components.

  • Part 1 Startup Development: First is the accelerator program that includes intense startup development training followed by an online demo day for the top ten companies to pitch investors, press and global accelerator directors.
  • Part 2 Mentorship: Once companies complete the program- they are given access to monthly startup development training with mentorship from successful entrepreneurs.
  • Part 3 Progress & Investment: Companies are given an opportunity to submit updates on their companies 2x per year to and pitch our investor network for capital.


Accelerator Program Dates:

Apply to join Africa’s first free digital accelerator! The inaugural launch program is free for the first 100 startups.

Date: January 9-10, 2017(Monday-Tuesday) 6pm-9pm Ghana Time 


Day1 January 9, 2017- Business Boot Camp

  • 6pm-6:15 Orientation
  • 6:15-6:30 How to Launch a Startup in 24 Hours- The Ultimate Check List
  • 6:30-7:00 Ideation & Product Development
  • 7:00-7:30 Customer Acquisition
  • 7:30-8:00 Pitching, Press & Marketing
  • 8:00-9:00 Legal, Funding, Branding

Day 2 January 10, 2017- Pitch Off Night

  • 6pm-6:15 Review
  • 6:15-7:15 Keynote Speakers
  • Olumide Olayinka—-Founder of Startup Lagos, Organizer of the Lagos Startup Week
  • Evelyn Gitau—Program Manager at The African Academy of Sciences
  • Uwemakpan Uwemedimo —Startup Grind Chapter Director Lagos
  • Mac-Jordan Degadjor- Blogger & Tech Consultant
  • Aniedi Udo-Obong Leveraging Communities to Grow Your Startup
  • 7:15-8:00 Top 10 Pitch Demo Night
  • 8:00-9:00 Q/A With the Judges

Admissions is rolling. 

Apply now! 

Current Community Partners 

Lukandi Entrepreneurs Network
net kenya
lean startup lagos
lean startup circle egypt

Previous partners/speakers:

Inc Magazine Arabia, IBM Global Entrepreneur, Tech Stars, Mass Challenge, Draper University, Singularity University and more! More information at

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GSE Partner Host

Christine Souffrant Ntim is a Haitian-American entrepreneur with over 7 years business management experience across 30+countries. She was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30, AdAge 40 Under 40, Haiti Changemakers 1804 List, and Caribbean Change Makers 30 Under 30 in 2016. She speaks on leadership, disruptive entrepreneurship, and exponential tech AI, VR, Robotics at the United Nations, TEDx, European Union Forum and over 20+ global conferences each year. She also interviews top influencers in the Middle East as the Managing Chapter Director of Startup Grind Dubai, powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Her entrepreneurial journey started with Vendedy a social network connecting global travelers to street markets. The innovative platform was featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur Magazine, Huffington Post, Inc Magazine, IBM Global Entrepreneur, Microsoft, the Clinton Global Initiative, Master Card Priceless Pitch, SheKnowsMedia Pitch, Chivas Venture Million Dollar Prize, Forbes Million Dollar Prize Top 40, SOCAP Gratitude Network, and Digital Entertainment World. Her efforts to digitize a $10 trillion dollar street market economy by centralizing the world’s 200,000 street markets was also featured in alumni networks at Singularity@NASA, Draper University, Dartmouth College Alumni Magazine, and Hult International Business School Magazine.Today, Christine is an award-winning keynote speaker, traveler and serial entrepreneur who builds startup ecosystems for entrepreneurs.

Guest Judges

Regina Njima head up the Global Impact Challenges program at Singularity University and is dedicated to accelerating and championing socio-economic transformation through innovation and entrepreneurship.Prior to this, Regina had a successful career working for different organizations which includes, the United Nations (UNESCO), Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Technoserve and the Ministry of Health, Kenya.

Einstein Ntim is a leading influencer within startup development networks from Silicon Valley to Africa. As a Ghana’s Future Leaders 30 Under 30 network representative, he speaks about mental health, entrepreneurship, and exponential technology at global accelerators, conferences, and corporate programs. He is also a serial entrepreneur, founding 2 healthcare startups- Enabled International (which leverages AI technology to digitize mental health data systems) and Bloomer Tech (which uses sensor technology to digitize clothing). Einstein was able to amass several partners from Singularity@NASA, Draper University, and other Silicon Valley based groups to build startup ecosystems for entrepreneurs of the African Diaspora with the launching of AfricaStartupEcosystem (a central directory of startup founders, accelerators, and funding on the African continent). Prior to his work in the USA, Einstein had a very diverse career in banking (UBS, Statestreet, Deutsche Bank), authorship (writer of “A New Way”), military (UK TA), ministry (Methodist Church minister) and professional sports (Harlequins Rugby Squad). He conducted business across different parts of Europe, China, India, Latin America and Africa. He is a graduate of the London School of Economics (LSE).

Adi Abili (Startups, Venture Capital, Tech) Advisory board member at SXSW; Former program director at Draper University and investor at Glassroots Ventures; Consulting at AngelHack HACKcelerator program.

Guest Speakers

Olumide Olayinka is a  Creative & Resourceful Entrepreneur who uses a holistic approach in bringing revolutionary ideas to life . A Change Maker  & Catalyst who strongly  beliefs that Startups are the key to unlocking Africa’s economic and social potential.  He is the founder of Startup Lagos, Organizer of the Lagos Startup Week through which he dedicates his time to  fostering  thriving Startup Ecosystems in several cities across Africa .  He has a Masters  from University of Surrey, UK and an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society

Uwemakpan Uwemedimo —I.T. Consultant | Startup Grind Chapter Director | Passionate about Entrepreneurship. Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. It is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs.

About Ghanaian blogger; Mac-Jordan Degadjor Co-founder of  Africa New Media (ANM) – A media start-up looking to re-define Africa’s media ingenuity with a special focus on Talents, Technology, and Innovative ideas from Africa.He’s also the Founder of SocialGood Ghana – a community project aimed at educating and creating awareness about the Global Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Ghana through activism and engagement with stakeholders and policy makers.He is one of 30 +SocialGood Connectors and Advisors by the UN Foundation in the world. +SocialGood is a UN Foundation multi-partner platform for connecting people globally around social good issues and events. An award winning technology and social blogger with over 10 years’ experience mentoring, coaching and inspiring startups and entrepreneurs; Mac-Jordan’s passion isn’t only in entrepreneurship but also in investing and ecosystem building.

Evelyn Gitau Evelyn is responsible for Grand Challenges Africa at the African Academy of Sciences (AAS – Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA). She holds a PhD in Life Sciences, and was a researcher at the Kenya Medical Research Institute -Wellcome Trust Programme for 14 years prior to joining the AAS. Evelyn has expertise in cellular immunology, molecular biology including proteomics and genomics and has spent her career trying to improve diagnosis of infectious diseases in severely ill children. She sits on the advisory board of several organisations including the Independent Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB), Malawi-Liverpool-Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi, University of Oxford (MSc International Health and Tropical Medicine) and Grand Challenges Canada. In 2015 she was appointed fellow of the Next Einstein Forum where she acts as an ambassador for the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Africa.

Aniedi is an IT Professional, Product and Program Manager with over 12 years practical experience working with startups in the Human Resources, Media, Finance, Education, Logistics and Location-Based Services industries. He currently manages the Google Developer Groups and Women Techmakers programs, as well as Google’s interactions with the broader developer community in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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