Expert DOJO has accepted 13 diverse startups-two of which are from Africa, into their Spring 2021 cohort for their International Accelerator program.

This cohort of tech-enabled businesses shines a spotlight on diversity – in leadership, location, and solution. 53% of the startups are women-founded and led companies and 70% of the startups are based outside of the U.S. and come from India, Estonia, Canadan, the U.K., Sweden, Israel, South Africa and Nigeria.

The African startups in this cohort include:

  • Klasha¬†– Based in Lagos, Nigeria. An online universal checkout that allows international retailers to accept online payments in African currencies. Klasha is expected to reach $4.5M in Monthly Recurring Revenue (MRR) by the end of 2021.
  • Akiba Digital¬†– Based in Johannesburg, South Africa. A financial data aggregation company that houses an agnostic data consolidation and enrichment engine that clusters, visualizes, and predicts consumer behaviour. Akiba Digital established partnerships with IBM and TransUnion as well as a commercial contract with BNP Paribas.

“We are excited to welcome this year’s first cohort to our 3-month extensive accelerator program,” said Brian Mac Mahon, Founder, and CEO of Expert DOJO. “The foundation of every great unicorn is explosive growth. We believe that all of our founders demonstrate this ability to scale and that our program will help them get there quicker.”

Expert DOJO’s network consists of over 100 startups, more than 300 industry-leading corporate partners, growth specialists as well as hundreds of venture capital firms and investors.

Over the next three months, the startups will have the opportunity to virtually meet with this ecosystem in private deal flow sessions, training and mentorship sessions along with investment focus weeks and weekly demo days. In addition, the accelerator program includes a sales and marketing focus month to increase their chance to acquire more customers and secure investment.

“After the success of these incredible startups in our current cohort, we plan to invest in 80 more globally diverse founders this year,” said Brian.

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