Africa Tech Startup Forum

Inspiring the next chapter of the African tech revolution.

The Africa Tech Startup Forum is a Market Access and Acceleration Program designed to prepare, train, expose, and connect tech ventures with opportunities. The program takes place virtually and in-person, aiming to showcase the exceptional tech innovations emerging from Africa and provide them with the platform to thrive. Collaborating with experts from Africa and around the globe, will create an ecosystem that nurtures and boosts tech ventures.

The Africa Tech Startup Forum is funded by the Korea Africa Economic Cooperation (KOAFEC) Trust Fund through the African Development Bank (AfDB)’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab. It serves as a dynamic hub for innovation, collaboration, and growth within the burgeoning tech landscape of the African continent.

About the program

The incubation program, a cornerstone of the forum, provides a nurturing environment for early-stage tech startups. Through this initiative, entrepreneurs gain access to specialized resources, mentorship, and collaborative workspaces, fostering the development of groundbreaking ideas and the transformation of concepts into viable products and services.

The B2B matchmaking platform within the forum facilitates strategic connections between startups and established businesses. This creates a dynamic marketplace where innovative solutions meet industry needs, fostering mutually beneficial partnerships that drive economic growth and technological advancement.

Investor sourcing is another crucial facet of the forum, connecting promising startups with potential investors eager to support groundbreaking ventures. By bridging the gap between entrepreneurs and investors, the forum plays a pivotal role in securing the funding necessary for startups to scale their operations and bring their innovations to market.

What are the Opportunities

1. Training Sprint through UVUA Africa 

2. B2B Matchmaking with Investors, Buyers and Industry Experts by CATALYZE

3. Top 20 Tech Ventures travel to Seoul, Korea for a 2 week study tour and attendance at COME-UP KOREA


Tech Ventures across all industries including ESO’s (Accelerators and Incubators) and Startups

Please note that while key industries for our program include AgriTech, Fintech, and HealthTech, we encourage startups from all other tech verticals to apply. Each application will be considered based on the merit of the product.

The following countries are eligible to apply:

  • Kenya
  • Morocco
  • Rwanda
  • Egypt
  • Uganda
  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Ghana

Training Sprint 

UVU Africa proudly serves as the designated training partner for the AFRICA TECH STARTUP FORUM. Committed to shaping a future-ready and inclusive society, UVU Africa leverages innovation and technology to drive the growth of a diverse digital economy. 

Training Dates

Pre-Training Workshop and Analysis – June 2024 
Workshop Dates:  
Training Needs Assessment Date: June 3 – June 28
Cohort Formation and Gap Analysis Date: June 10 – June 14 
Cohort Launch Meetings Date: June 24 – June 28 
Tools & Knowledge – July 2024
Workshop Dates Workshop 1 – 4 July 
Workshop 2 – 11 July 
Workshop 3 – 18 July 
Workshop 4 – 25 July
Matchmaking Session: Catalyze & UVU
In-depth Market Research and Product Market Fit – August 2024 
Workshop Dates Workshop 1 – 1 August 
Workshop 2 –  8 August 
Demo Day (1) –  15 August 
Workshop 3 – 22 August 
Workshop 4 – 29 August
Commercialisation – A pathway to scaling and funding – September 2024 
Workshop Dates Workshop 1 – 5 September 
Workshop 2 – 12 September 
Workshop 3 – 19 September 
Demo Day (2) –  20 September 
Workshop 4 – 26 September 
Evaluation- 23 – 27 September 2024
Announcement of Final 20 Cohort – 10 October 2024 
Investor Day: 24 October 

What we expect from the Tech Ventures

  • Availability 
  • Transparent communication and cooperation.
  • Involvement of at least 2 key C-level team members in the acceleration program.
  • Reporting to Africa Tech Startup Forum and other stakeholders.


May 10, 2024
Organizer CATALYZE
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Targets Africa
Adtech, Agritech, Biotechnology and medical research, Clean technology and energy, EdTech, Fintech, HealthTech, Information technology, Nanotech