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The Top 20 Accelerators & Incubators in Africa in 2022

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Accelerators and incubators make it possible for African entrepreneurs to find the funding, network and mentorship they need to succeed.

Some of the most successful African startups owe much of their success to being a part of an incubator or accelerator program.

That's why we've decided to curate this list of the best 12 accelerators and incubators in Africa.

20 African Accelerators & Incubators

1) Antler

Antler

Antler is a worldwide early-stage venture capital business that backs tomorrow's most important technological firms.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Kenya
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Dilan Mizrakli Landgraff, Fridtjof Berge, Jussi Salovaara, Magnus Grimeland, Stefan Jung, Vegard Medbo
  • Number of investments: 280
  • Number of exits: 2
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 26

You can find their website here.

2) Co-Creation Hub Nigeria

Co-Creation Hub Nigeria

CcHUB is Nigeria's first open living lab and pre-incubation environment, meant to serve a variety of functions.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Nigeria
  • City: Lagos
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Bosun Tijani
  • Number of investments: 33
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 52

You can find their website here.

3) The Baobab Network

The Baobab Network

The Baobab Network is a tech accelerator in Africa that supports early-stage startups.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Kenya
  • City: Nairobi
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Toby Hanington, Tom Fairburn
  • Industries: Banking, Consulting, Crowdfunding, Financial Services, Impact Investing, Information Technology, Location Based Services
  • Number of investments: 18
  • Number of exits: 1

You can find their website here.

4) Catalyst Fund

Catalyst Fund

Catalyst Fund helps early-stage entrepreneurs develop innovative Fintech solutions for 3 billion people in emerging economies.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Kenya
  • City: Nairobi
  • Started in: 2016
  • Industries: Emerging Markets, Finance, Financial Services, FinTech
  • Number of investments: 56
  • Number of exits: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 26

You can find their website here.

5) EFG EV Fintech

EFG EV Fintech

EFG EV Fintech invests in companies while also boosting the Fintech ecosystem.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Egypt
  • City: Cairo
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Shehab Marzban
  • Industries: Business Development, Finance, Financial Services, FinTech
  • Number of investments: 13

You can find their website here.

6) Falak Startups

Falak Startups

Falak Startups is a business accelerator that helps entrepreneurs succeed in Egypt's startup ecosystem.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Egypt
  • City: Cairo
  • Started in: 2018
  • Number of investments: 42
  • Number of exits: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 16

You can find their website here.

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7) Outbox Hub

Outbox Hub

Outbox Hub is a technical, freelancer, designer, and hacker incubation, collaboration, and co-creation place in Uganda.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Uganda
  • City: Kampala
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Richard Zulu
  • Industries: Collaboration, Communities, Freelance, Incubators

You can find their website here.

8) Trium

Trium

Trium is a venture builder focused on Africa and a member of one of Nigeria's largest financial ecosystems.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Nigeria
  • City: Lagos
  • Started in: 2015
  • Number of investments: 1

You can find their website here.

 

9) Startupbootcamp Cape Town

Startupbootcamp Cape Town

Startupbootcamp Cape Town is a renowned accelerator looking for blockchain and connected devices entrepreneurs.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: South Africa
  • City: Cape Town
  • Founders: Zachariah George
  • Industries: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Financial Services, FinTech, Information Technology, Internet
  • Number of investments: 13
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

 

10) Greenhouse Lab

Greenhouse Lab

Greenhouse Lab is a female-led technology accelerator focused primarily on early-stage companies.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Nigeria
  • City: Lagos
  • Started in: 2018
  • Number of investments: 2

You can find their website here.

 

11) 88mph.ac

88mph.ac

88mph invests in early-stage web and mobile firms in the African market.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Kenya
  • City: Nairobi
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Kresten Buch
  • Number of investments: 30
  • Number of exits: 1
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

 

12) Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology

Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST)

MEST helps aspiring African technology entrepreneurs with training, investment, and mentoring.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Ghana
  • City: Accra
  • Started in: 2008
  • Founders: Jorn Lyseggen
  • Number of investments: 55
  • Number of exits: 6

You can find their website here.

 

13) Grindstone

Grindstone

Grindstone is a systematic entrepreneurial development program that helps high-growth, innovation-driven businesses scale up.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: South Africa, Egypt
  • City: Cape Town
  • Started in: 2013
  • Number of investments: 18

You can find their website here.

14) Spring Accelerator

Spring Accelerator

A groundbreaking accelerator that supports businesses and services that have the potential to impact the lives of adolescent girls through their products and services.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Kenya
  • City: Nairobi
  • Started in: 2015
  • Number of investments: 49
  • Number of exits: 2
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 24

You can find their website here.

15) Tony Elumelu Foundation

Tony Elumelu Foundation

The Tony Elumelu Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting African entrepreneurship.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Nigeria
  • City: Lagos
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Tony Elumelu
  • Number of investments: 14

You can find their website here.

16) Innoventures

Innoventures

Innoventures is an innovation platform that gives the market a plethora of unique Egyptian concepts.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Egypt
  • City: Cairo
  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Ahmed Mikkawi, Ashraf El-Sharkawy, Sameh Shaheen
  • Number of investments: 20
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 24

You can find their website here.

17) The Bulb Africa

The Bulb Africa

African creatives use The Bulb Africa to transform their tech ideas into profitable businesses.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Nigeria
  • City: Lagos
  • Started in: 2020
  • Founders: Tosin Osunkoya, Wande Adams
  • Number of investments: 1

You can find their website here.

18) Founders Factory Africa

Founders Factory Africa

The mission of Founders Factory Africa is to assist early-stage enterprises in becoming viable, long-term businesses.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: South Africa
  • City: Johannesburg
  • Started in: 2018
  • Number of investments: 17

You can find their website here.

19) HSEVEN

HSEVEN

H.Seven is an African accelerator accelerating world-class startups.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: Morocco
  • City: Casablanca
  • Started in: 2017
  • Accelerator Duration (in weeks): 12

You can find their website here.

20) Injini

Injini

Injini is a seed investment and Edtech incubator that strives to improve educational performance across Africa.

Details of the startup:

  • Country: South Africa
  • Number of investments: 17
  • Number of exits: 1

You can find their website here.

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