MultiChoice Expands African Accelerator Programme To Eight Countries
The MultiChoice Africa Accelerator Programme, an initiative of the MultiChoice Innovation Fund, in partnership with Dubai-based business incubator Companies Creating Change, C3, has expanded its Africa Accelerator Programme for 2023 to eight more African countries.
This is coming after it secured $16-million (USD) of funding for six emerging South African businesses in 2021. The 2023 Accelerator programme will be rolled out in Ivory Coast, Senegal, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Algeria, and Ethiopia.
The initiative equips emerging entrepreneurs to secure funding and scale up their businesses, and also provides opportunities to pitch to international investors.
Many more small businesses in Africa’s technology sector now have the chance to benefit from the 2023 programme, which provides the skills and opportunities needed to attract transformative business funding.
Speaking on the initiative, MultiChoice Group CEO Calvo Mawela said, “it’s part of our long-term commitment to growing and multiplying Africa’s technology potential, which is critical to our future growth.”
The MultiChoice Africa Accelerator Programme, which kicked off during Global Entrepreneurship Week, is aimed at established start-ups and small enterprises in specific technology sectors – healthtech, agritech, fintech, edutech, the circular economy and the creative industries.
“There is such incredible business talent across Africa,” says Mawela. MultiChoice Africa Accelerator is an opportunity for investors and small enterprise to collaborate to multiply the impact of this talent and scale it across Africa,” Mawela added.
MultiChoice has also partnered with EOH, a tech services company, which will bring its expertise to the table in tech advisory, development sprint and technical support.
The first phase of the MultiChoice Africa Accelerator Programme sees public and private-sector partners in each country nominating businesses or entrepreneurs for the programme. From there, 29 of the start-ups embark on an intensive virtual training course. The initiative is aimed at established businesses that are already operating and looking to scale up by attracting further investment.
“Start-up founders get to learn everything from how to properly research your business sector and your market, to how to create a niche for your business,” says Boitumelo Monageng of Swypa, one of last year’s finalists. “During the workshops we were encouraged to dig deeper and I realised that we have the potential to compete on a much larger scale.”
The virtual training course takes place over several weeks, teaching start-up owners media skills, how best to market their businesses to investors, how to create attractive business plans, and to know what investors are looking for.
Later, the entrepreneurs will come together at a finals event, where 11 start-ups will be selected for the final pitch phase. They will attend a dedicated C3 boot camp to learn how to shape their story for international investors, and to get “pitch ready” before their big presentations.
“We believe SMEs in the technology, sustainability and creative sectors will be fundamental to the next phase of Africa’s growth,” says Mawela.
“The MultiChoice Africa Accelerator is geared to finding the most promising start-ups and empowering them to play this critical role.”