One of the most influential global innovation accelerators, Startupbootcamp, launched its first African-based programme last month. Starting in September 2017 and led by seasoned innovation experts, Zachariah George, Philip Kiracofe, and Paul Nel, a 3-month intense “bootcamp” will take place in Cape Town, South Africa to scale selected top startups.
Innovators and entrepreneurs around the world can apply to participate from now until 9 July 2017.
“The aim is to grow disruptive startups and connect them with dynamic corporates, providing both with an opportunity to collaborate and build the African innovation ecosystem,” shares Zachariah George.
The 10 most promising teams will be selected from a pool of hundreds of applicants and provided with EUR 15,000, 100+ highly engaged industry mentors, free office space, access to funding and a network of industry partners, investors and venture capital firms.
Core sponsors include RCS, BNP Paribas Personal Finance, PwC, and FuseCatalyst.
Ahead of the application deadline, 16 FastTrack events will be held all over the globe for the local talent to present their ideas to the Startupbootcamp Cape Town team and sponsors for pre-application advice and feedback.
The first FastTrack was hosted last week by RCS in South Africa, Cape Town. “RCS wholeheartedly believes in supporting initiatives such as Startupbootcamp Africa, and proud to host the very first FastTrack event at our RCS Head Office in Cape Town’, said Regan Adams, CEO of RCS.
He added that, ‘There is an abundance of untapped potential that exists in Africa. As one of the leading financial services institutions in Africa, we are constantly looking for innovative ways to improve our credit product offering for our customers and business partners and essentially improve their overall experience.”
These FastTracks will then move to other cities within the African continent as well as Middle East and Europe. The cities include Accra, Amsterdam, Cairo, Doha, Dubai, Johannesburg, Kampalba, Lagos, London, Nairobi, Paris, and Tel Aviv.
When and Where
Thu, 11 May Cape Town, South Africa
Thu, 18 May Johannesburg, South Africa
Thu, 25 May Nairobi, Kenya
Tue, 6 Jun Tel Aviv, Israel
Thu, 8 Jun Cairo, Egpyt
Fri, 9 Jun Casablanca, Morocco
Wed, 14 Jun Paris, France
Fri, 16 Jun Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sun, 18 Jun Lagos, Nigeria
Wed, 21 Jun Abidjan, Ivory Coast
Fri, 23 Jun Accra, Ghana
Tue, 27 Jun Kampala, Uganda
Sun, 2 Jul Dubai, UAE
Mon, 3 Jul Doha, Qatar
Mon, 3 Jul Johannesburg, South Africa
Thu, 6 Jul Cape Town, South Africa
How to apply?
• Interested teams can apply to attend a FastTrack here: http://bit.ly/capetownft
• Any mentors that would like to help with the FastTrack can apply here: http://bit.ly/capetownmentor
• Startups interested in applying to the 3-month Cape Town program can apply here: https://www.startupbootcamp.org/accelerator/cape-town