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A bespoke accelerator for one-of-a-kind start-ups.


Every start-up is different, so we treat them that way. We invest $25,000 into early stage tech ventures across Africa and provide founders with a global platform to scale their business.

What we offer.


Funding

$25,000 USD FUNDING

We provide founders with the early stage capital they need to kick-start their company’s growth.

Bespoke Acceleration

BESPOKE ACCELERATION

We build a unique, tailor-made accelerator programme for every start-up we work with.

Partner Network

A GLOBAL NETWORK

We bring a powerful global network of corporate partners and investors to help grow your business.

Our Process.


1 WEEK OF WORLD-CLASS CONSULTING

We start the process by bringing in a global team of 3-4 business and industry experts to work alongside founders and deliver an intensive 5-day in-country consulting project to tackle the most pressing challenges they face.

2 YEARS OF HANDS-ON VENTURE SUPPORT

Each start-up is assigned a dedicated Baobab Venture Partner for 24 months, who creates and implements a unqiue acceleration plan for the business and provides remote, hands-on support to founders.

LIFETIME ACCESS TO OUR NETWORK

Our powerful network of global partners are on hand to offer their services and expertise, run pilots and explore early commercial partnerships, and to provide grants, equity and debt funding to start-ups.

We support truly disruptive technology start-ups.


All of our founders are leveraging technology to solve some of the greatest challenges facing the world today.

Our Portfolio Companies.


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What we look for.


Scalable Technology

SCALABLE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS

Profit with Purpose

FOR-PROFIT ENTERPRISES WITH PURPOSE

Made in Africa

EARLY STAGE COMPANIES BUILT IN AFRICA

Frequently asked questions.


Yes, absolutely. We generally prefer teams to solo founders, but are still open to application from those who don’t have co-founders.

Please feel free to apply in English or French.

We inject the $25,000 funding into each start-up in one lump sum at the beginning of the accelerator.

Yes, we welcome applications from first time founders, though any relevant experience you have will aid your application.

You can apply with just an idea, but we prefer to see start-ups that have built a prototype and have some early traction. If you are at idea stage, you should at least have validated market demand for the product or service.

We accept applications on a rolling basis, so there are no set timeframes. The process can take anywhere between 4 weeks and 6 months depending on the stage of the start-up.

Unfortunately not, we only work with for-profit organisations.

There is no set start date for the accelerator. We design a bespoke programme for each start-up and accept businesses on a rolling basis all year round.

Each accelerator programme starts with a week of intensive consulting from The Baobab Network and our partner organisations. This takes place in-market, wherever the start-up is based. For the next 24 months, the programme is largely remote to ensure founders are not taken away from their businesses for extended periods of time.

Each start-up is assigned a dedicated Baobab Venture Partner for 24 months. Venture Partners are responsible for building out each start-up’s bespoke acceleration programme. They work remotely to provide strategic advice and hands-on support, and help leverage the skills and experience of the wider Baobab team and our global network of corporate and investment partners to help start-ups scale.

We take 10% equity in each start-up in exchange for the support and services offered throughout our acceleration programme.

No, we can help with the incorporation process.

Yes, we only work with African start-ups. While we are looking for start-ups based in Africa, we do not mind if your target market is outside the continent.