2017 Innovate Accelerator

Supercharging Somali Startups

Welcome to the 2017 Innovate Accelerator.

This year we have a 12-week programme aimed at supercharging and funding the next wave of Somali start-ups. Mentorship and training will be provided by domain experts and entrepreneurs and the top 3 start-ups from the Innovate Accelerator will receive up to $15,000 in investment from Innovate Ventures Fund.

What do you get from the program?

  • 12-week intensive training and mentoring on business and operational skills
  • Access to leading telecoms and banks in the Somaliland and Somalia
  • Pitching in front of local and international investors
  • Features in local and international media
  • Equity funding for at least 3 startups of up to $15,000

What’s the process?

Complete the application form before June 30th to qualify for accelerator programme. You will hear back within four weeks from the Innovate Ventures team whether your start-up has been selected to participate for the accelerator programme in Hargeisa

If selected, you will be asked to participate in our pre-accelerator bootcamp to receive mentoring, and be one of 10 start-ups to advance to the Innovate Accelerator programme. The top 10 start-ups will participate in a 12-week accelerator programme in Hargeisa, and will receive mentoring and training. Introductions to leading companies and investors will be provided as part of the programme.

Finally: The 10 start-ups will pitch in our Demo Day in Hargeisa to a room full of local and international investors and mediaThe top 3 start-ups will receive up to $15,000 in equity investment from the Innovate Ventures Fund. The start-ups will receive the opportunity to connect with leading telecoms and banks in Somaliland and Somalia 

Are you eligible?

Are you a:

  • Startup founders under 35 years old
  • Technology-oriented business
  • Located in the either Somalia or Somaliland 

What’s next?

Submit your application today! Applications close 30 June, 2017.

About Innovate Ventures: Innovate Ventures is the leading start-up accelerator and technology fund in Somaliland and Somalia. Innovate Ventures was created to propel and accelerate technology start-ups in Somalia and Somaliland, support the next wave of Somali entrepreneurs, and grow the nascent start-up ecosystem in the country. Innovate Ventures have run coding camps, incubators and accelerators in the Somali region since 2012. 

About Work In Progress! Alliance: The Work in Progress! Alliance is focused on unlocking the economic potential of young women and men in Egypt, Nigeria and Somalia. The project aims to enable them to generate sustainable and living incomes – by finding regular employment or starting enterprises. Alliance partners include Oxfam, VC4Africa and Butterfly Works. 

About VC4Africa: VC4Africa is a platform for startup funding and dedicated to building game changing companies on the African continent and supporting the growth of Africa’s startup ecosystem.


Application deadline June 30
Program dates August 1 - 12:00 AM - November 3, 2017 - 12:00 AM
Organizer Innovate Ventures
Countries Somalia
Sectors Computer software, E-commerce, Education, Financial services, Internet, Telecom
Based in Hargeisa, Woqooyi Galbeed, Somalia




  • As you know, we are a team of professionals have a mandate to operate
    Both Somalia and Kenya with the following Registration Number:
    REF.2015/0107-B IN SOMALIA,OP.218/051/13-004/8675 Kenya with a proven
    track record in both countries.
    Indeed we are interesting features in local and international media in Somalia how many application as organization based in Somalia and Kenya can we submit via this call for application ?

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  • My name is Hassan I live in Mogadishu I am very glad to have an opportunity to participate this program

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  • my name is Mohamed Ahmed Osman I’m very happy to be a part of Innovate Accelerator

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  • Hello every one ! I am glade to be part of this grand family.

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  • Am from Nigeria can i apply

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  • Hope you had a great Easter holidays. Have a productive week.

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  • Hallo every one.
    Hope you had a wonderful Easter.
    Actually am on the next step of my business.
    Of formulating a business plan.
    For the chicken 🍗 project

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  • I’m from Ghana can I apply?

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  • Can people from other African countries apply for the Somalia Start-ups?

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