The Land Accelerator (2021)

Accelerating African companies that restore farmland and forests.


Jan 15, 2021
Apr 2 - 9:00 - Apr 9 - 18:00
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Agribusiness, Clean technology and energy, Environmental services

The Land Accelerator is an exciting four-month program and curated network for entrepreneurs who restore degraded forests and farmland. It is anchored by an intensive week-long workshop when the cohort meets in person.

The Accelerator contributes to efforts to restore hundreds of millions of hectares of land through the African Forest Landscape Restoration Initiative (AFR100), Initiative 20×20 in Latin America, and the Bonn Challenge. There is no fee for the program and the program does not take equity thanks to the generous support of the IKEA Foundation, the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the DOEN Foundation.

The Land Accelerator has been held twice in Africa and is returning to Nairobi for the third time in October this year. The program will also be launching in South Asia and in Latin America in 2021.

Are you an entrepreneur who’s interested in joining?

Applications are currently open for entrepreneurs from across Africa.

You should apply if:

  • You are working to improve a degraded landscape through a business approach. This includes climate-smart agriculture, sustainable forestry, reforestation, non-timber forest products, and similar activities
  • You are interested in raising money for your venture
  • You want to learn fast, both in the classroom and by connecting with mentors and other entrepreneurs

Find more details and useful tips for your application HERE

The Land Accelerator’s second African cohort met from September 7-12, 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. The 14 startups were chosen from 335 applicants and represent 8 African countries. Each received a EUR 3,000 grant in addition to a travel stipend. Over 100 investors and members of Nairobi’s start-up community joined us at the Demo Day on Sep 12 to meet the entrepreneurs.

Check out the 3-minute video below for more details about the Land Accelerator.

The Land Accelerator (2021)

The Land Accelerator (2021)