GrowthAfrica Accelerator open for 2020 cohort applications

We are looking for 80 ambitious and committed entrepreneurs in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, and Ghana to be part of the 2020 cohort.

Founded in 2002, GrowthAfrica continues to exponentially increase the rate and growth of business success in Africa through the annual Accelerator. Backed by extensive knowledge and experience in supporting entrepreneurs across Africa, the first accelerator run in 2012 and to date, 224 ventures have been accelerated, worked directly with 407 entrepreneurs, run 21 cohorts and created 30,000+ jobs.

The programme is designed to help you scale your venture, make it investment ready and develop your entrepreneurial leadership acumen with the aim of unlocking significant growth in your business among other Integral facets required in building a successful timeless business.

How you will benefit

  • Growth strategy: Led by experienced facilitators, leveraging our proprietary process and learning methodology, we focus on solutions that leads to an increase in your revenue, profits and impact
  • Bespoke incompany support: Get individualised and tailored in-company support from the most qualified team who will walk you through and support you in your business journey
  • Access and fellowship with quality peers across Africa: Connect and benefit from peer-to-peer learning and networking with like-minded entrepreneurs across Africa
  • Investment support: Receive support in identification of, access to and engagement with potential and relevant investors
  • Access to mentors and industry-subject experts: You will have access to Pan-African mentors/experts who will offer you advice and be your sounding board
  • Financial modelling: Support in build a financial model for your business growth and investment
  • Leadership: Acquire skills and tools to develop stronger entrepreneurial leadership

Clear plan of how to scale and access capital

Access to industry and subject experts/mentors

Support in implementing your growth plan

Application criteria


We are open to all sectors but have a soft spot for:

  • Agribusiness
  • Education
  • IT/mobile solutions/Tech enabled businesses
  • Financial services and Fintech
  • Renewable energy
  • Water & sanitation
  • Health
  • Manufacturing/processing
  • Renewable energy
  • Retail/e-commerce

For profit, post revenue business

Full time and dedicated core team

Existed for 2 years or more

Dedicated full time founding team

Turnover of USD 50,000 plus

Open to raising external investment

Application details

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  • Application opening: October 1st, 2019
  • Application deadline: December 1st, 2019

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Success stories from our entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs share the lessons they have picked and the impact seen in their business

They have made my first experience with an investment firm, seamless and successful. This deal was timely since we were looking to grow but struggled in accessing funds. They supported us in negotiations to ensure it was a good deal for us.

Valerie Muigai Kijani Baby, Uganda, Website

We were encouraged to look deeply within the business. We have now successfully managed to fully communicate to the team where we are heading as a business and how we shall achieve it. Our vision has also been incorporated into our daily activities.

Tolera Shula Elelan Leather, Ethiopia, Website

I joined the programme because I wanted to scale and I particularly enjoyed the customer journey workshop. It helped me accurately define who my mobile app was targeting. With this understanding, I pitched to my board and they approved it.

Manuela Pacutho The Cradle, Uganda, Website

I highly recommend GrowthAfrica's Acceleration Programme as an opportunity to evaluate the direction your venture is taking and identify the most effective strategies and models to steer it towards the right destination.

Nurhassen Mensur Yene Pay, Website

The GrowthAfrica team has been "a shoulder to lean on" through my entrepreneurial journey.
I learnt a lot in the customer journey and today I know how to segment every customer coming through our doors.

Betty Bukirwa St. Eliza Healthcare , Website

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