GrowthAfrica - GrowthAfrica Accelerator 2021 For African Entrepreneurs Movemeback African initiative cover image


Applications are open for the GrowthAfrica accelerator 2021 for African entrepreneurs. They are seeking ambitious and committed entrepreneurs in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ghana and Zambia with the potential to grow and create impact through their businesses. Founded in 2002, GrowthAfrica continues to exponentially increase the rate and growth of business success in Africa through the annual Accelerator. Backed by extensive knowledge and experience in supporting entrepreneurs across Africa, the first accelerator run in 2012 and to date 244 ventures have been accelerated, collaborations have been formed with 436 entrepreneurs, 24 cohorts have been run and 30,000+ jobs have been created. The programme is designed to help you scale your venture, make it investment ready and develop your entrepreneurial leadership acumen with the aim of unlocking significant growth in your business.

The programme is designed to help you scale your venture, make it investment ready and develop your entrepreneurial leadership acumen with the aim of unlocking significant growth in your business among other Integral facets required in building a successful timeless business.


  • Open to for-profit, post revenue business with an innovative product, service or methodology operating in Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia and Ghana
  • Ready to scale the business
  • Have a turnover of minimum $50,000
  • Existed for 2 years or more
  • Dedicated full time founding team consisting of at least 2 founders
  • Open to raise external investment as part of your growth strategy

We are open to all sectors but have a soft spot for:

  • Agribusiness
  • Education
  • IT/mobile solutions/Tech enabled businesses
  • Financial services and Fintech
  • Renewable energy
  • Water & sanitation
  • Health
  • Manufacturing/processing
  • Retail/e-commerce


  • Growth strategy: Led by experienced facilitators, leveraging our proprietary process and learning methodology, we focus on solutions that leads to an increase in your revenue, profits and impact
  • Bespoke in-company support: Get individualised and tailored in-company support from the most qualified team who will walk you through and support you in your business journey
  • Access and fellowship with quality peers across Africa: Connect and benefit from peer-to-peer learning and networking with like-minded entrepreneurs across Africa
  • Investment support: Receive support in identification of, access to and engagement with potential and relevant investors
  • Access to mentors and industry-subject experts: You will have access to Pan-African mentors/experts who will offer you advice and be your sounding board
  • Financial modelling: Support in build a financial model for your business growth and investment
  • Leadership: Acquire skills and tools to develop stronger entrepreneurial leadership

About GrowthAfrica

GrowthAfrica is the business runway to success for African entrepreneurs seeking a platform for their business take-off and for international companies in need of a market landing space and growth hub. We are founded on the desire and mission to proactively contribute to the social and economic growth of African economies through strengthening of local enterprises. It is a love story to Africa, its people and its vast opportunities. We are here to grow Africa through entrepreneurship, innovation and business. 

Founded in 2002 and headquartered in Nairobi, GrowthAfrica is a leading African impact startup accelerator and business and market consulting company. It has since its inception worked with more than 2,000 small East African businesses, accelerated close to 100 regional startups and supported more than 120 international companies coming into East Africa.