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The ACCEL Awards is an annual business start-up contest organised by the London Business School’s Africa Club in collaboration with the Club Alumni and Corporate Partners including FTSE 100 companies, venture capital firms, entrepreneurship incubators and media companies.

At the Africa Club, our vision is to have a profound impact on business development in Africa. We are therefore proud to introduce the ACCEL Awards as part of our long-term commitment to African entrepreneurship. The ACCEL Awards is designed to recognize promising African start-ups and providing them with an international platform to promote their ideas, brands and businesses at the annual Africa Business Summit.

For our sponsoring partners, the ACCEL Awards creates an open platform to engage with emerging African leaders and innovators, and identify pioneering trends and business opportunities. It also offers a unique opportunity to partner with the London Business School, one of the world’s elite business school, get unparalleled visibility and access some of the world’s most successful corporations, innovative entrepreneurs, media firms and global talent pool.


  • You need to be an African entrepreneur
  • The business needs to be Africa focused (or catered primarily to the African market) and we need a business proposal that has proof of concept


  • Unparalled international exposure: Get international visibility across the world’s most successful corporations, media firms and African professionals
  • Prestigious brand partnership: Accel Awards is organised by the Africa Club of the London Business School. One of the world’s elite business schools
  • Internatonal business mentoring: Access mentoring from a deep pool of business talent at the London Business School and partnering firms.
  • Worldwide business network: Join a global network of successful Africa Club Alumni, business partners and Africa focused professionals

About London Business School Africa Club

The Africa Club is a student-run club at London Business School. We exist to promote engagement on Africa within the school and with the broader community, either in London, Africa or globally. Our members are individuals who have either worked in Africa or have cultural or professional interests in the continent.