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Questions about the application process and program can be submitted to on or before May 22nd.

Submitted questions and answers will be posted on the website for all potential applicants shortly thereafter.

If you would like to discuss whether your work is relevant to the I3 program or require any other clarification about the application process, please contact us on

I3 applicants must be:

  • Early-stage and Growth-stage tech-enabled businesses owned or operated by African Nationals, and with a legal presence on the continent.
  • Businesses focused on tech-enabled product distribution with validated proof of concept, recorded revenues and demonstrable potential for growth.
  • Demonstrable potential for social and societal impact

Deadline for application for the 2023 cohort is June 26th at 11:59pm SAST

  • Yes, you can make more than one application provided they are for separate businesses or ventures, if you are involved in both.  
  • Please do not submit more than one application for the same business 

No, the I3 program only accepts businesses with products/services, and customers. The more evidence you can provide to demonstrate the impact of your products or services, the better your chances of being selected as part of the cohort.

All information submitted may be seen by the I3 program team which includes judges and assessors. All members of the program team are bound by confidentiality agreements. We will retain the application materials of applicants (including applicants who are not selected) for up to two years.

There is no fee required to apply for the I3 Program. All you need to do is complete the application form, enclose the relevant supporting documents, and answer any questions we may ask during or after submission. If you are shortlisted, you will need to set out time to participate in our due diligence process prior to final selection.

Yes, applicants who are not selected may apply to join later cohorts provided they meet the eligibility requirements at the time.

I3 reserves the right to publicize your involvement in the program through any communications channel (including but not limited to the program’s website, websites of program partners, social media platforms of program partners as well as other public communications channels). All shortlisted participants may be required to participate in publicity campaigns including but not limited to media interviews.

To maximize the impact of the I3 program, if you are shortlisted or selected for the program, we ask you to not publicize this fact until a date set by our communications team. We will work closely with you to ensure this.

VC4A’s adherence to guidelines set by GDPR VC4A is a data processor when it comes to applications received and processed via the website. VC4A does not process or use the data itself without explicit consent from the user filling in the application, and otherwise only stores the data on behalf of 3rd parties that use the website to receive and process applications. Under article 17, the right to be forgotten, VC4A has an automated pruning process that deletes all application data after 36 months. Any data added to the website directly, like user data and venture profiles, can be altered (Art. 16) and fully removed (Art. 17) from VC4A systems. VC4A also offers users the ability to download all of their data from the website (Art. 15 + Art. 20 GDPR – data portability).