Accelerate 2020

Start-up Sandbox is a 3-month incubation program for early-stage start-ups to build, validate, develop their businesses into profitable & sustainable enterprises to stimulate the creation of jobs in Nigeria.

The project is primarily aimed at the enterprise development of youth-led businesses and the capacity development of young entrepreneurs using experiential learning with design thinking tools to validate and scale sustainable and impactful start-ups in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The incubation program is designed to build 30 youth-led- businesses from market entry – iteration – team formation to investment-ready start-ups. We are supporting start-ups in diverse sectors including but not limited to Agriculture, Agri-Tech, Education, IoT, green energy.

Selected Entrepreneurs will learn the following;

  • Customer development
  • Market Segmentation
  • Branding and Design
  • Product development
  • Go-to-Market and Scale
  • Hiring and onboarding
  • Equity and funding
  • Legal and IP

Weekly working sessions facilitated by seasoned experts will be conducted. Participants will be supported with office accommodation throughout the duration of the program, access to top mentors in the African entrepreneurship ecosystem. The Start-Up Sandbox project will culminate in Demo day, where select start-ups will pitch to top African Investors and potentially secure seed funds ($) from Connect Lab.


March 7, 2020
Program dates Mar 16 - Jun 10, 2020
Organizer Connect Lab
Website Visit website
Targets Nigeria
Sectors Sector agnostic