Our African Satellite Program Kicks Off with Nairobi

Overview

In its efforts to widen and open new channels for collaborating with startups across the African continent, the Accelerator is establishing a diverse startup network across the continent.

Publish Date

15 MAR 2018

In its efforts to widen and open new channels for collaborating with startups across the African continent, the Accelerator is establishing a diverse startup network across the continent. Our target group is early stage startups located in East, West, and Southern Africa that present innovative solutions aligned with our focus areas of healthcare, life science, performance materials, and other business fields such as bio interfaces and agritech. The Satellite Program involves a series of pitch events and hackathons hosted alongside various partners in Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria.

The Accelerator Satellite in Nairobi and its benefits

The first series of events will be launched in Nairobi, Kenya in partnership with Mettā, Nairobi. Economic reforms across several East African countries have helped the area to become the most financially inclusive and integrated region in Africa. The region’s increasing economic growth is reflected in the rising number of outstanding startups it is producing. Nairobi’s innovation scene has long been a major hub for the African continent, and thanks to these flourishing startups, is set to develop still further. The region’s varied entrepreneurial landscape lays the foundation for an infrastructure that triggers novel ideas in many industries. The Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany Accelerator is excited to keep build on its already established e-health community focusing around healthcare innovations across East Africa, and fostering partnerships with startups. Applications for Nairobi, are open since March 15. The best startups will be invited to a 3-days bootcamp at Mettā, Nairobi that will culminate with a pitch event to quickly explore and validate potential for co-creating and collaborating with existing innovation projects. The winning team stand to benefit from a cash prize of $ 3,000, a one-year membership at Mettā, Nairobi, and an all-expenses covered trip to the Innovation Center in Darmstadt, to pitch for a partnership with us. 

Inspired? Apply now!

If you and your team are tempted by cash prizes, support for your startup, and the chance to collaborate with us, then why not pitch your idea to us? The application phase for our Nairobi pitch events in May opens on March 15 and runs until May 5. Don’t miss out! Apply now!

 

 


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