Eleven startups have been chosen to advance to the next stage of the MultiChoice Africa Accelerator, where they will pitch to possible investors in Dubai.
The MultiChoice Africa Accelerator programme, created by the MultiChoice Group and funded by the MultiChoice Innovation Fund, was created in collaboration with Dubai-based business incubator Companies Creating Change (C3), technical partner EOH, and Galelo Africa as a platform to help grow startup businesses from across Africa.
During the first phase of the program, governmental and private sector partners in each country nominated enterprises or entrepreneurs to participate. Following that, 29 of the startups began an intensive virtual training session in December 2022.
Eleven startups have been chosen to move on to the next level, where they will attend a dedicated bootcamp in Lusaka, Zambia to learn more about how to develop their story for international investors and get “pitch ready” before their presentations in Dubai.
Two of the firms are from Nigeria: Dojah, an identity verification startup, and Crop2Cash, an agri-tech company, and Botlhale AI, a natural language processing tool provider, and Gradesmatch, an ed-tech startup.
They include Angolan on-demand quick-commerce platform Tupuca, Ethiopian home service provider marketplace Taskmoby, Ivorian media tech company StarNews Mobile, Ghanaian social commerce startup Tendo, Kenyan e-health startup Zuri, Senegalese fintech startup MaTontine, and Zambian credit platform Mighty Finance Solution.
“There’s no denying the impact African SMMEs have on job creation and economic growth,” said Fhulufhelo Badugela, MultiChoice Africa CEO. “Through the MultiChoice Africa Accelerator Programme, our vision is to take that impact and multiply it beyond what our startup founders ever believed possible. I have no doubt these small businesses will be able to take everything they’ve learned so far to unlock transformative business funding.”