MBTN Africa Innovation Accelerator 2020

Identifying, Support and Funding the Next Generation of Technology

The MBTN Africa Innovation Accelerator program aims to identify, support and fund the next generation of technology-enabled start-ups solving problems in African Markets. Join the program to grow your company and get ready for global scaling.

We support entrepreneurs with a strong purpose by connecting them to the brightest business minds in the industry. The program provides access to the African startup ecosystem, industry specialists, corporate partners, talent, capital and coaching.

We’re interested in startups that are creating the future of Africa’s development story, using promising new technologies to make a positive impact. For the MBTN Africa Innovation Accelerator program, we are looking for founders with:

Domain Expertise
We are looking for deep expertise and knowledge in one specific domain. The perfect founder profile has vast experience working in one specific industry and deeply understands the challenges in and around this industry.

Deep Tech Solutions
We are looking for core proprietary tech solutions. We are open to businesses in any industry, however, you will be addressing a need in at least one African market, leveraging technology to tackle the specific problem you are trying to solve.


MARKET – We connect founders to the most relevant industry players and facilitate the process in order to drive partnerships and pilot customers for the startups in the program.

EXPERTISE – We have brought together an impressive line-up of mentors, who bring expertise in entrepreneurship, doing business in Africa and building businesses around technologies from scratch.

COMMUNITY – We give founders access to the MBTN Network with networking events, meetups, conferences and other relationship-building experiences.

CAPITAL – We match and set up events so startups can leverage our network of local and international investors. We support startups with capital raising during and after the program.


FUNDING – Each startup will get an opportunity to pitch to our network of venture capital and angel investors, with the chance to win funding.

TRAINING & COACHING – The accelerator program includes a component focused on business and operational skills training, as well as coaching around how to turbocharge your investor engagement efforts.

MENTORSHIP – Intensive individual mentoring and strategy sessions during the core of the program. Our mentor network consists of key international experts.

INVESTOR NETWORK – 200+ local and international investors who are interested in meeting and investing in Africa focussed startups.

NETWORKING – With over 100 international events in cities across the globe and a vast network of startups, experts and investors, we offer an international community to startups. This way you can be best prepared for global scaling.

ALUMNI PROGRAM – After the acceleration program, you will get access to our Alumni Program that includes fundraising advice, PR and marketing support, legal and administrative services, and access to exclusive deals.


1st September – Applications Open
31st October – Applications Close
1st November – Interviews & Selection Starts
15th December – Top 10 Startups selected
15th January – Program Begins
25th March – Demo Day & Investor Pitches

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October 31, 2019
Program dates Jan 15 - Mar 25, 2020
Organizer MBTN
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