GreenHouse Capital and Microsoft have announced that 13 start-ups across East & West Africa have been selected to participate in the Scaleup Accelerator Program.
These 13 companies feature six (6) Male and seven (7) Female founders strategically chosen to ensure that both genders are adequately represented.
Part of GreenHouse Capitals’ mission in Africa and other emerging markets is to support the vision of closing the gender financing gap through its accelerator programs and other tactics designed to help African women in tech come to the forefront of activities in the sector.
Oluwadunni Fanibe, Program Manager at GreenHouse Capital, says, “The gender funding gap in Africa is abysmal – this can partly be attributed to unspoken biases during recruitment and due diligence processes that favour male founders over female founders. So, it was essential to me that wasn’t the case here. I am immensely proud of the diversity of this program in terms of participants and facilitators and hope many others in the ecosystem follow suit and are more deliberate about their processes.
Below are the founders and the startups selected to participate in the program:
• Ourpass (Samuel Eze)
• One Health (Adeola Alli)
• BuuPass (Sonia Kabra)
• GetEquity (Jude Dike)
• Gobeba (Lesley Mbogo, Peter NdianguI )
• Oystr (Ifedolapo Lawal)
• Afya Bora (Reginald Victor Runyoro)
• Chekkit (Dare Odumade)
• Zydii (Joyce Mbaya)
• Eight medical (Ibukun Tunde Oni)
• Herconomy (Ife Durosinmi-Etti)
• Pharmarun (Teniola Adedeji, Lola Aderemi)
• Mobiele (Ife Akintaju, Sayo Owolabi)
The program aims to provide pre-series with A stage start-ups access to new markets, technology infrastructure, technical skills, and funding opportunities to scale their solutions.
This acceleration program will run for six (6) weeks and features a demo day session bringing global investors to meet the start-up founders.
The program will include 12 instructor-led sessions, ten (10) workshops and three (3) panel discussions. Each session is tailored to help the start-up’s scale raise subsequent funding rounds. Some of the program modules include:
• Fundraising for Growth stage Companies
• Market Expansion & Operations
• Culture & Employee Benefits
• PR & Communications
• Marketing & Growth
• Sales and Business Development
• Technical Workshops