July 23, 2016

Innovation Hubs




A directory of accelerators across the African continent.

Please check the each country’s start-up profile for the accelerators and incubators specific to that nation or region.

Please check on the diaspora start-up profile for accelerators for people of African descent across the globe.




88mph is a seed fund and accelerator. We invest in early stage web/mobile companies with the ability to scale across Sub-Saharan Africa. The main focus is attracting the best entrepreneurs, investing seed cash, and bringing them to a point where their businesses can grow independently, or be adequately evaluated by angels and VCs. Based in Nairobi and Cape Town. It is always looking to expand its funding and business mentor program for tech startups. There are many examples of businesses, such as Zapacab, which have gone though the partnerships with 88mph.


ActiveSpaces Cameroon

The company transforms your ideas into funded startups. It is launching a 6-months program in 2015, referred to as Activation Bootcamp for investing around $10,000 into 5 startups. This project is initiated with the cooperation of companies like Indigo Trust, Appstech, and Hivos.


StellenBosch’s Launch Lab

The company is often referred to as the Silicon Valley lookalike and it is supported by the StellenBosch University’s Innovus programme. The programme has collaboration with the University of the Western Cape and the University of Capetown for enhancing its scope in a fierce competition. In addition to providing platform for boosting your business growth, it also presents various workshops that involve plenty of skills like marketing, required to flourish as a young entrepreneur.



Grindstone is Knife Capital year-long entrepreneurial development programme to assist post-revenue scalable innovation-driven businesses in accelerating strategy execution. The programme has been developed as a result of interactions with thousands of South African companies where it is evident that most are not sufficiently prepared and positioned to: Cope with accelerated growth, Pass an investor due diligence, Raise adequate growth funding, Take full advantage of M&A opportunities and Secure international partnerships.


Founder Institute

The Founder Institute is an early-stage startup accelerator and global launch network with a part-time four month programme. The idea is that entrepreneurs can launch their dream company with training, feedback, and support from experienced startup CEOs, while not being required to quit their day job.



The Techstars Foundation is a non-profit created to improve diversity in technology entrepreneurship by providing opportunities for underrepresented entrepreneurs through grants, scholarships, and sponsorships.


Tech Lab Africa

Attracting and supporting the most innovative, disruptive early stage ventures in the broad fields of FinTech and Health Tech. Successful applicants will join a 3 month programme in Cape Town, during which time Tech Lab Africa will work to catapult venture growth through facilitation of high touch engagement with local and international mentors, as well as senior Barclays Africa executives, subject matter experts and industry leaders. Tech Lab Africa will output a portfolio of businesses that Barclays Africa can further support during their growth journey.


New Ventures Studio

New Ventures Studio is a young entrepreneur accelerator It is a platform for young individuals who want to be successful entrepreneurs, but realize the importance of up skilling themselves before venturing out into the unfamiliar territory of entrepreneurship. In partnership with young entrepreneurs (16 to 35), we create wealth by developing entrepreneurial skills, strategic networks and fully capitalized operational businesses.



This great accelerator provides resources and funds, including office space and crucial networks. The platform also provides support for accessing customers and outside investors. The Kigali, Rwanda-based company is backed by the international telecom giant, Millicon. It takes companies from across the world, particular those looking to expand across Africa or Latin America.


The Passion Incubator

This Yaba-based platform aims to gain popularity as technology incubator in Africa. It is barely one-year-old, but still serves an accelerator with a temporary goal of releasing 5 startups from its acceleration class this year. The rich tech hub doesn’t aim to place any kind of cash investments in the startups but connect them to investors for helping them achieve their core business objectives.


Microsoft BizSpark

Is your early-stage tech startup in need of joining an incredible local and global network of entrepreneurs, partners and advisors? Microsoft BizSpark gives software development startups access to Microsoft software development tools and training, connects them with key industry players, including potential customers and investors, and provides marketing visibility to help entrepreneurs with their early stage tech business….for mahala.


Start With Seven

Sw7 has partnered with Microsoft BizSpark & Standard Bank Incubator to offer Sw7 Accelerate for the exciting Technology & high growth Innovation markets, guiding Founders through the structured 7-step process to define & execute strategy from launch through to acceleration, growth & exit


Enterprise Elevator

Enterprise Elevator is a partner driven accelerator platform focussed on high impact tech start-ups that provide solutions to Africa’s most pressing issues. A Health-Tech Accelerator Program – seeking m-health, Health-Tech and other post revenue tech companies which positively impact health throughout South Africa.


New Economy Accelerator

NEA is a platform for nurturing the emergence of a new economy, one that challenges the status quo to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy. Our mission is to catalyse this new economy so that it can create new opportunities, through the cultivation of relationships, experimenting and changing the realities faced by local communities. We aim to achieve this through an accelerated programme that champions growth, encourages collaboration, advances community, facilitates dialogues, drives scale and rewards global innovation


Startup 90

Startup 90 is different than other ones in South Africa. It looks at startups from a local perspective. “We challenge our applicants to solve a problem in their community at the same time making their products relevant to the general African market which is young and mobile-oriented,” Ramluckan explains. Thus, the accelerator wants to stay as much flexible as it can, operating in a complicated environment that’s still being developed.


AMPION Fellowship

AMPION Fellowships are an extensive 6 – 12 months support to facilitate the early stages of entrepreneurial activity. Selected from among best participants of AMPION Venture Bus, teams and individuals receive a package of financial  support, workspaces, mentoring and access to investors to further develop their business model. Fellowships are offered in collaboration with our strategic partners AfriLabs and VC4Africa. At the end of the Fellowship the participating startups will be ready to either enter a local accelerator program or launch their product and enter the market immediately.



InnoTech is a Bandwidth Barn / Telkom FutureMakers programme focusing on web and mobile applications development, software development and design, and gaming. InnoTech looks to stimulate the creation of new businesses and support the expansion and growth of existing companies through the uptake of technology and innovation capability.



Ignitor, which says it helps startups grow using lean, coaching and mentoring. The programme includes a three-day bootcamp where entrepreneurs apply lean startup principles, 12-weeks of coaching with an experienced entrepreneur, and more than 50 online video modules.


Green Pioneer Accelerator

The Green Pioneer Accelerator is specifically designed for early to growth stage businesses in the environmental goods and services sector.This program is keenly interested in supporting entrepreneurs with innovative products and services, who are tackling critical environmental challenges while also making a meaningful contribution to society and economic development.


Global Cleantech Innovation Programme

The GEF (Global Environment Facility), UNIDO (the United Nations Industrial Development Organization) and TIA (the Technology Innovation Agency) in South Africa are implementing the GCIP (Global Cleantech Innovation Programme) for SMEs to promote clean technology innovation and supporting SMEs and start-ups working on solutions related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, waste beneficiation and water efficiency. The programme combines a competition and a business accelerator to offer participants progressing through the programme extensive mentoring, training, access to investors and opportunities to showcase their innovations to the media and the public. Participants stand a chance to win a cash award and national business support awards, in addition to a trip to Silicon Valley, CA, to participate in the Cleantech Open Global Forum.



An intensive five day live-in workshop in Johannesburg where you join a group of fifteen Spark* entrepreneurs and access world class entrepreneurship training designed to help you focus your business and accelerate the growth of your venture.



The Acceleration Programme is an intensive 10-week startup programme aimed at helping entrepreneurs accelerate from a valid idea to a feasible plan. This action learning orientated programme covers the following modules Business, Teams, and your Profile as an Entrepreneur. Finding Opportunities and Creative Solutions for Market Needs. Defining your Market, Acquiring and Retaining Customers Financial Viability and Operations Planning Pitch your Business and Win (R15 000 seed funding is available to the winner)


42 engines

42Engines is a seed fund and accelerator programme for marketing technology, ecommerce, mobile and Software as a Service (SAAS) startups. We offer a pioneering environment to inspire individuals and teams with great startup ideas, passion and commitment. From our roots in South Africa, we aim to foster a safe and stimulating environment for people with ideas ground-breaking enough to change the world. 42Engines is a mix of experienced investors, successful entrepreneurs and individuals who have successfully founded their own businesses. Despite the official-sounding title, calling ourselves Business Conductors, the structure at 42Engines is flat, without a leadership hierarchy.


Seda Construction Incubator

It was launched by the small Enterprise Development Agency Seda. It provides resources and support services for eligible enterprises. The company aims to elevate the startups beyond just survival in the market. The main target of Seda is to aid industrialization in Durban, South Africa.



Since its launch, Flat6Labs has grown to be the biggest Egyptian accelerator, and has adapted its model to better fit local needs. Flat6Labs Cairo selects 20 projects to attend a five-day bootcamp that gets them ready to pitch in front of investors. Flat6Labs selects a final six teams to join the upcoming cycle and receive $15,000 USD (100,000 EGP) for 10-15% equity stake, strategic mentorship, business training and workshops, office space, and a multitude of perks and services from partners (over $300,000 USD). By the end of the four-month period, Flat6Labs holds a Demo Day event, and selects startups to receive additional funding. Flat6Labs is part of the Global Accelerator Networks (GAN) founded by TechStars. Famous alumni include Codly, Instabug, Integreight.



During the second quarter of 2014, the accelerator previously known as Startup Factory, received a 26 million TND ($16 million USD) investment from the Qatar Friendship Fund (QFF), which lead to a major overhaul, and a change in name. The accelerator now named Intilaq offers free incubation for six to nine months, a place to work amidst the soon-to-be entrepreneurial hub, and the possibility of an in-house investment of no less than 250,000 TND ($150 000 USD).



This accelerator supports startups that are still in the idea stage, and offers training sessions, over the course of nine months. Business angels and partners may invest up to TDN 120,000 ($76,000 USD) in the startups at the end of the acceleration period. Read Wamda’s profile here.


AUC Venture Lab

This program offers startups with an existing product or prototype, at least one full-time founder, and a product that is “different from any other product in the Egyptian market,” five months of acceleration at the famous university. Entrepreneurs get access toa network of investors, training with professional experts in marketing, sales, and project management, and assistance with their business plans, along with 20,000 EGP (~$2800 USD) in financial assistance – a low amount the manager explained to Wamda here. If graduates succeed during the first round, they can win acceptance to eight more months of incubation.


Juice Labs

Juice Labs is a small-sized program dedicated to startups specializing in web/mobile. It plans on accelerating only four startups per year, two every six-month cycle (check Wamda’s coverage here). Each startup will be hosted in a space already used by a team of developers, designers, marketing and business developers as well as creative content production team, and will receive mentorship and an investment of $25,000 USD in cash and $25,000 USD in services from individual investors, for an equity stake of 10-20%.



This program aims to boost Tunisian social enterprise thanks to trainings led by international consultants flown to the country for the program, and the participation of local entrepreneurs and professionals. At the end of the two months, an investment comittee will decide to invest between 100,000 TND and 600,000 TND (i.e. $60,000 and $360,00USD) on a case by case basis. Read our profile.

Other accelerator-like initiatives include Ibtikari, an investment and mentoring program dedicated to Emiratis interested in developing a startup in the tourism sector, even if they don’t have an idea, and MENA Apps, an organization that invest in and mentor startups in Amman, Jordan.



In August, Pearson decided to replicate the success it achieved in India with Edupreneurs to address education challenges in Africa.

Edupreneurs is an incubator created through the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund to foster and support education entrepreneurship in Africa.

It will be funded through the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund.



CIPMEN is the third Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) incubator of the Orange Group launched Niger to help SMEs from their launch phase until they become profitable.

The incubator will help companies in future-oriented sectors such as Information and Communication Technologies, renewable energy and the environment.

“The purpose of CIPMEN is to help innovative SMEs grow on a market where many companies fail to see the light of day, and to bridge the gap between the informal sector and the larger national and international companies,” Orange Group


ActivSpaces (African Center for Technology, Innovation & Ventures)

ActivSpaces is a tech hub with two co-working spaces and an incubator program called Activation Boot Camp. The co-working space is free to tech entrepreneurs who are actively working on a startup. Activation Boot Camp is a highly selective rigorous six-month acceleration program. Applications for the next Boot Camp will open in January 2016.



AfriLabs is a pan-African network of 40 technology innovation hubs in 20 countries. It was founded in 2011 to build a community around rapidly emerging tech hubs―spaces that serve as physical nexus points for developers, entrepreneurs, and investors. AfriLabs is working through these spaces to build an innovation infrastructure that will encourage the growth of Africa’s knowledge economy by supporting the development of start-ups, technology, and innovation.


Botswana Innovation Hub

The BIH Science and Technology Park is located strategically on a 57 hectare site, near the Sir Seretse Khama International Airport and adjacent to the Diamond Technology Park in Gaborone, the capital city of Botswana. The Park is an ideal location for technology-driven and knowledge-intensive businesses to establish themselves, develop, and compete in the regional and global markets.


Calabar Technology Incubation Center

The Ministry commencing from late 1990s launched sectoral policies in major areas of S&T including Energy, ICT, Bio-technology, and appropriate technology for SME, for which specialized organisations were put in place to implement these sectoral policies. One of such organizations is the Technology Incubation Center (TICs) established in 1993, designed to nurture new start-ups in science and technology related businesses; and speed up the commercialization of R&D results by effectively linking talents, technology, capital and know-how in order to accelerate the development of new enterprises.


CTIC Dakar

Cette organisation à but non lucratif a vu le jour en avril 2011 sous l’impulsion du secteur privé sénégalais (Organisation des Professionnels des TIC), soucieux de dynamiser le secteur TIC et de favoriser la croissance des entreprises les plus innovantes.

Placé sous l’égide de la Fondation des Incubateurs TIC du Sénégal (FICTIS) le projet à rapidement suscité l’intérêt du programme InfoDev de la Banque Mondiale et de nombreux autres partenaires public et privés, locaux et internationaux tels que


EuroAfrica-ICT Initiative

EuroAfrica-P8 is a FP7 project funded by the European Commission (DG CONNECT) and spanning 27 months (January 2012 – March 2014) with the aim of strengthening ICT research and policy links between Africa and Europe under the 8th Strategic Partnership (P8).

The project is defined in full continuity with and builds upon the substantial results obtained and the significant momentum created by several previous projects (2006+), designated – over the years – as ‘the EuroAfrica-ICT Initiative’.


Ghana Multimedia Incubator Center

The Ghana Multimedia Incubator Centre also hosts the Business Process Outsourcing Training Centre, the only such facility in the country today. The BPO training centre is concerned with equipping young Ghanaians with the skills necessary for inducing multinational companies to outsource some of their core business processes to Ghana.


Hive Colab

Hive Colab is an innovation and incubation hub, a collaborative co-working space for Uganda’s business and tech community.

It is an innovation hub because we believe that Ugandans have Brilliant ideas that sometimes need a nudge to bring them out, we are all about new technologies for business and development of Uganda. If you are a brilliant mind that has just not decided on what idea to build on, we will help you through activities geared towards steering your brilliant mind to think innovation!


Ice Ethiopia

iceaddis is the first innovation hub & co-working space in Ethiopia established in May 2011.

Working on youth-driven private sector initiatives and facilitate constructive interaction between techies, entrepreneurs, investors and people from the creative industries.

It is partly open community workspace, vector for investors and pre-incubator for young energetic tech- entrepreneurs. Our collaborators share ideas, pool resources, use ICTs effectively, make effective use of product development projects, access business and life skill trainings, and transform ideas into viable businesses.




Since inception in March 2010, the iHub has grown through overcoming challenges as well as consistently and fiercely adapting toward serving our tech community. This has been through initiatives such as iHub Research, m:lab (with eMobilis and University of Nairobi), Consulting, the UX Lab; and in 2014, together with Sanergy, Ushahidi and BRCK we started Gearbox, a design and rapid prototyping facility to be strategically located in the industrial area of Nairobi, with a smaller location within the iHub at Bishop Magua Centre.


South African Chemical Technology Incubator

The South African Chemical Technology Incubator is a not-for-profit business incubator, under the Small Enterprise Development Agency’s incubation program, that is dedicated to supporting the growth of very early stage technology-based businesses in the South African Chemical sector. Chemin provides clients with an exceptional entrepreneurial business environment that promotes collaboration, innovation and encourages ingenuity as well the creation of wealth


Uganda Industrial Research Institute

Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI) is a parastatal organisation under the auspices of the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (MTIC).

UIRI’s core activities focus on establishing platforms for value addition; product development; process design; sourcing technologies; fabrication of machinery; managing processing plants; provision of SME outreach services; and business incubation. These activities are supported by an engineering services unit as well as chemistry and microbiology analytical laboratories.


Wennovation Hub

Our solution is the Wennovation Hub, a startup business incubator and accelerator that draws upon a rich pipeline of entrepreneurial ideas emerging from Nigeria youth in Nigeria and among the Diaspora, leverages access to a network of contacts, space and broadband into fast-paced prototyping and business development.

Finally, the Wennovation Hub mobilizes internal and external network to seed and fund businesses emerging from the platform. Ultimately, the Wennovation model gets entrepreneurs from ideas to market-ready in less than 6 months!


infoDev Africa Incubator Network

The growing Africa Incubator Network includes groups that have recently planned and opened incubators with infoDev support, existing organizations that have added or expanded incubation facilities, and a regional network support organization that is facilitating the further expansion and strengthening of the Network.

mLabs are regional incubation facilities for mobile software entrepreneurs that offer physical work spaces, state-of-the-art equipment and testing facilities, business skills training, and access to early-stage finance through investor networks. Explore the map to learn more about mLabs and local innovation hubs (mHubs).


Instituto Nacional do Emprego e Formacao Profissional (INEFOP)

The Angola Enterprise Program, a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) between UNDP, Chevron and the Government of Angola, seeks to promote the development of a diverse and robust micro, and small and medium enterprise (MSME) sector in Angola. The growth of the MSME sector will be achieved by building consensus around a national strategy for MSME development.

Within the overall framework of the Angola Enterprise Program, the INEFOP-PEA Business Incubator was established in Luanda. The INEFOP-PEA Business Incubator serves as a demonstration model, developing incubation models and processes. INEFOP-PEA is managed by local staff. Short-term technical back-stopping support is provided by an international expert. The aim of INEFOP-PEA is to leverage local and global expertise to build the capacity of staff, and incubator tenants. For the first 18 months of operation, INEFOP-PEA was funded and implemented within the framework of the Angola Enterprise Program (AEP). The infoDev funded work program is part of INEFOP-PEA’s resource mobilization plan for the period ending June 2007. Then, AEP financing will be phased out.


Ghana Multimedia Incubator Centre

The Ghana Multimedia Incubator Centre established in 2005 is to promote ICT Entrepreneurship Development through the incubation of ICT business start-ups and to also develop the much needed ICT skills under the government’s ICT for Accelerated Development (ICT4AD) initiative.


Kenya Kountry Business Incubator (KeKoBI)

Sponsoring trainings on entrepreneurial skills; idea conceptualization; technological innovations; patenting; copywriting; intelletual property; technology testing; product testing; business planning; business development;  and ICTs.

In addition, KeKoBI works with youth and women groups to identify skills gaps on practical approaches to idea generation, selection of viable initiatives, identifying potential sources of start-up capital, identifying mentoring programmes, developing models of business incubation, upscaling successful initiatives, etc.

Nextzon Business Services Limited

Nextzon Business Incubator is the the 1st privately owned and managed incubator, which started operation in March 2005 with 2 incubated companies but has grown to 15 incubated companies to date. The Incubator is located on a 1,000sqm land in the Victoria Island business district area of Lagos State, Nigeria. The offerings of the incubator are anchored on the following services: a. Pre start-up Business Development Services such as Idea scanning, project conceptualization and business modeling; Industry and market study/consumer survey; Fundraising support; Management oversight, Coaching and Mentoring etc. b. Office Space with facilities such as ICT, Utilities, Conference/Meeting room etc. c. Back-Office Services which includes HR/Payroll management; Budgeting, Accounting, Financial & Treasury Management; Legal/Secretarial etc.


Rwanda Technology and Business Incubation Facility (TBIF)

To help rebuild, the Government of Rwanda developed “Vision 2020,” which emphasizes entrepreneurship and private sector development. In “Vision 2020” Rwanda has identified ICT as a cross-cutting theme in all sectors of the economy. To contribute to this vision, the Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management (KIST) established the Technology and Business Incubation Facility (TBIF) under the Center for Innovation and Technology Transfer (CITT). Funding for TBIF has been secured from the Government of Rwanda through KIST, and support from the Government of the Netherlands through Nuffic. The overall objective of the Technology and Business Incubation Facility (TBIF) project is to integrate ICT in all its business processes and that of its clients/tenants. This will enhance the outcomes, impact and outreach of the TBIF to the target community of graduates from all institutions of higher learning in Rwanda.


KwaZulu-Natal Innovation Support Centre (KZNISC)

In South Africa, the Southern African Technology Incubator Network (SATIN) consists of three incubators: Bodibeng Technology Incubator (formerly, BrainWorks), KwaZulu-Natal Innovation Support Center (KZNISC), which trades as Voxel Technologies, and SoftStart IT Incubator, which was also funded under the infoDev Incubator Initiative. This project proposes to use ICT to enhance the capacities of existing high technology incubators in South Africa, and transfer knowledge and learning to other incubators. Godisa, the South African government incubation agency, which also represents a number of low-tech incubators, supports this project, and assisted in the transfer of their results to these incubators. BrainWorks Technology Incubator, Voxel Technologies Innovation Support Center, is providing resources for the development aspect of the project, while SoftStart is the lead user during the implementation phase. The three incubators listed were successfully involved in incubation activities in South Africa over the past three to four years.


Maxum Business Incubator

Maxum Business Incubator provides an enabling environment where start-ups from the knowledge-intensive sectors, including information and communications technology (ICT), biosciences, electronics, and advanced manufacturing and materials, are fast tracked to compete in the global village. The incubation process improves the survival rate of start-up companies by helping them become financially viable, usually within two to three years. Incubation also creates a synergistic environment where entrepreneurs can share learning, create working partnerships and do business together and it helps to open doors to markets and resources.


Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI)

The Government of Uganda is trying to eradicate poverty by promoting rural industrialization and encouraging rural SMEs to turn primary or raw products into semi-finished or processed commodities. The Uganda Industrial Research Institute (UIRI), the implementing organization of the project, provides assistance to SMEs through partner centers in Uganda. UIRI offers training and advisory services to rural SMEs to improve their technical and managerial competence. The major focus of the institute is small-scale meat processing enterprises. The infoDev funded work program includes introducing the use of ICT in all aspects of business operations to improve efficiency and competitiveness. The enterprises are in six major “up country” towns: Fort Portal, Soroti, Busia, Arua, Hoima, and Kabale. In the short term, UIRI is focused on supporting the enterprises so that they can add value to their products, and achieve a level of quality that will meet the demands of regional markets. Overall experiences and lessons learned from UIRI are to be used in other sectors, notably, fruit processing and dairy products.