ASIP Accelerator Program – Cohort 2

Disrupting the African tech ecosystem!


We are looking for the next generation of African startups disrupting industry sectors including AgriTech & Supply Chain, FinTech, IoT & Connectivity, Machine Learning (Data Analytics), Cybersecurity, Clean Tech and RegTech.

Backed by anchor partner Telecel Group, the program is ideal for tech-oriented startups looking to scale through corporate and public sector partnerships. We scout, skill, and scale early-stage startups through intensive coaching and opportunities for pilots and Proof of Concept projects that subsequently open the doors for longer-term commercial agreements.

This cohort’s partners include the Government of Senegal, through DER/FJ, a youth and women empowerment structure set up by the President of the Republic of Senegal. With the help of DER/FJ startups will gain public-sector knowledge and support which presents an opportunity to further scale their impact.

The Africa Startup Initiative Program is a program founded by Moh Damush, Telecel Group CEO as a CSR activity.  Telecel Group then partnered with Startupbootcamp AfriTech to create the ASIP Accelerator Program which contributes in a meaningful way to the African community to help the young Startups in Africa whose innovative ideas are creating a difference in their communities.

Starting in 2017, the first SBC AfriTech program accelerated 40 incredible African startups that have set an incredibly high bar for the next program.

  • 88% are still operating and scaling at impressive rates
  • 50% of our startups are self sustaining based on the commercial contracts
  • The average increase in valuation for startups raising capital is 4x- 10x post-Demo Day


January 28, 2022
Program dates Apr 11 - Jul 7, 2022
OrganizerStartupbootcamp Afritech
Website Visit website
Targets Africa
Agritech, Blockchain, Business services, Clean technology and energy, Connectivity, Financial services, Fintech, Food production, HealthTech, Internet of things (IoT), Machine learning, Telecom

What we are looking for

We are looking for the next generation of African startups disrupting the following focus areas

To be eligible for the program, your startup

  • Has to be formally incorporated
  • Has at least 2 people working on the project and devoting at least 50% of their time to the project
  • Has customers or clients using the products or services
  • Is generating revenues from the products or services

What to expect

During the Covid pandemic, SBC launched Accelerator Squared as a fully online platform that enables startups to access the complete library of content, group workshops, 1:1 mentoring, collaborative sessions with Entrepreneurs in Residence, and invite-only discussion forums with founders from around the globe.

The Program takes a hybrid format and begins in Dakar, culminating in a physical Demo Day where startup founders pitch their disruptive solutions to a broad audience of media, investors, corporate partners, and industry stakeholders.

The 10 startups in the program will receive benefits valued at more than EUR 500,000, including credits from AWS, Google Cloud Services, Hubspot, and many more. ASIP Accelerator also invests EUR 15,000 in cash to each startup.

If you believe you could be their next rising star, apply now!


Behind it all

The Africa Startup Initiative Program is a program founded by Moh Damush, Telecel Group CEO as a CSR activity. The Program contributes in a meaningful way to the African Continent to support the young Startups whose innovative ideas are creating a difference in their communities. It exposes them to the international organizations, and bridges the knowledge and expertise to allow them to attract partners that can add value to their Startups.
The synergy between Startupbootcamp Afritech and Telecel Group came about after they met at AfricaCom in November 2019 and realized a shared passion for empowering African tech startups and by joining forces, more impact was guaranteed. The first cohort concluded in October 2021 with demo day in Dakar, Senegal. This also culminated in a new partnership that includes the Government of Senegal, DER/FJ. 



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