The Land Accelerator – 2022

Land Accelerator Africa | Forest and Landscape Restoration


Nov 16
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What is the Land Accelerator Africa?

In 2018, World Resources Institute (WRI) launched the Land Accelerator Africa, the world’s first training and mentorship program targeted specifically toward businesses that restore degraded forests, farmland and pasture.
To support the AFR100 Initiative’s goal of restoring 100 million hectares of land by 2030, the Land Accelerator provides entrepreneurs across Africa with mentorship and networking opportunities, technical training and workshops to build up their storytelling and pitching skills.

Participants leave the program more empowered to connect with potential investors so that they can take their business to the next stage of growth. The program has attracted nearly 700 applicants in Africa, and its alumni report that they have created 2,200 jobs, worked with 56,000 farmers and restored 38,000 hectares.

What does the program look like?

In 2021, WRI and our partners at AFR100 and Fledge are taking a novel approach to the Land Accelerator Africa. We expanded the size of our cohort to the top 100 entrepreneurs from across the continent to join us for an all-virtual business accelerator. Restoration entrepreneurs were invited to apply from all sub-Saharan African countries, free of charge.

Program Layout & Benefits

  • 3 months of exclusive weekly trainings from experts.
  • 3 months of access to Fledge’s online lessons for start-ups.
  • Templates to create content to help your business thrive.
  • Weekly office hours with mentors who will lend their expertise.
  • Weekly networking sessions to speak with and learn from other entrepreneurs in your cohort.

By the end of the program, entrepreneurs will have accessed the trainings and tools that they need to complete:

  • A compelling one-minute pitch to hook investors, customers and potential partners.
  • A 10 to 12 slide pitch deck targeted toward investors.
  • An environmental indicator measurement, management and marketing plan.
  • A three- to five-year financial model to visualize their growth projections and to identify capital needs.
  • Increased confidence in their business’s mission and operations.

What are the eligibility requirements for the investment pack?

  • Investment packs will be awarded to the top entrepreneurs from the Land Accelerator Africa cohort who submit the following:
    • Company factsheet.
    • One-minute business pitch (submitted in writing and via video recording).
    • 10 to 12 slide pitch deck.
    • 5 to10-minute site-visit video.
    • Video presenting a two- to three-minute Demo Day pitch for potential investors.
  • The selection committee may also choose to conduct interviews with some candidates before making the final selection. Templates and guidance for the above documents will be provided to the 100 businesses throughout the course of the Land Accelerator.
  • Businesses are selected based on five criteria: scalability, replicability, profitability, environmental impact and social impact. The selection committee will also consider other aspects of the company, including uniqueness, quality of the team and current progress.
  • All entrepreneurs whose business model clearly centers around land restoration — through practices such as sustainable agriculture, reforestation and agroforestry — are invited to apply.

Recipients of the investment packs benefit from:

  • An innovation grant of $5,000 or more.
  • A coaching meeting with a Land Accelerator organizer to develop your investment and innovation grant plan.
  • A 90-minute group session with members of the Land Accelerator mentor network, who will provide tailored feedback.
  • A one-on-one call with a Land Accelerator mentor to provide feedback and a thorough review of all the materials submitted throughout the program.
  • The opportunity to present your three-minute business pitch at the virtual Land Accelerator Demo Day, an event that brings together the awardees and investors from across the continent.

The Land Accelerator – 2022

The Land Accelerator – 2022