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The 1st Digital Accelerator in Africa
New York, USA, January 4, 2017- In an effort to increase exposure of African startups to global investors and resources, Africa Startup Ecosystem announced the launch of the first digital accelerator for the region. The accelerator program begins with a full startup development boot camp covering ideation, product development, marketing, customer acquisition and funding. The boot camp is followed by workshop keynotes from Lean Launchpad, Forbes list entrepreneurs and key investors. The program concludes with a demo day where the top ten companies pitch in front of judges from across the region for top prizes.
“The future is digital, so startup ecosystems in emerging markets need to take advantage of that with programs like this one” says Christine Souffrant Ntim, “we launched digital accelerators for entrepreneurs of Africa and the diaspora to close the resource gap and diversify global startup success stories”.
The pilot accelerator program on January 9-10, 2017 will accept 100 startups out of an applicant pool of thousands. Post the program, data and insights will be sent to regional influencers, incubators, and accelerators to support startup innovation programming in the future.
About: Africa Startup Ecosystem is the home of Africa’s entrepreneurial community hosting digital events, boot camps, accelerators and startup expos for the region. It is a subsidiary of Global Startup Ecosystem. Global Startup Ecosystem provides digital programs for startup ecosystems in 7 regions around the world including- Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Middle East, America, Europe, and Latin America. The organization provides data insights and pipeline applications for regional programs such as accelerators, incubators, and startup event organizers. Seasonal offerings and pitch competitions vary by region and country. All service offerings culminate with the annual Digital Startup Ecosystem Summit where 1000+ program graduates and 10,000 startup influencers culminate for the largest digital startup event in the world.
About the founders: 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, and Caribbean Change Makers 30 Under 30 in 2016. She is an award winning keynote speaker who founded Vendedy and chairs the board of the Global Startup Ecosystem. Einstein Ntim is a Ghanian-British investor who speaks on Ai technology and Mental Health. He was listed as Ghana’s Future Leaders 30 Under 30, #1 at Draper University, and Class Speaker at Singularity University at NASA.