Amplifying Impact

BAM: Empowering African Accelerators

Program Kick Off: November 14 – 18, 2022

500 Global & Make-IT in Africa

500 Global and Make-IT in Africa present a 1-year program specially tailored for African tech hubs. 

BAM: EMPOWERING AFRICAN ACCELERATORS is a unique and comprehensive program that includes:

  •  1 week intensive Bootcamp for Accelerator Managers (BAM)
  • 12-month “Empowering African Accelerators” Sustainability Track

In emerging startup ecosystems, accelerators and tech hubs face the challenge of supporting startups while being ´startups´ themselves, often struggling to find their own sustainable business models.

BAM: EMPOWERING AFRICAN ACCELERATORS has been specially designed to empower accelerators to amplify their impact and support the region’s future entrepreneurs.

Invite-Only Program

This 12-month program for Accelerator Managers supports the continent’s startups to scale growth, access international markets, and connect with foreign investors. This is an invite-only program.

BAM: EMPOWERING AFRICAN ACCELERATORS will use a project-based teaching methodology that emphasizes real-world experience. Selected participants will learn how to:

  • Build for sustainability
  • Improve capacity and expertise
  • Hone strategy & game plan
  • Become a key player
  • Get better deals
  • Build communities

In-person program: November 14 – 18, 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya.

Remote program: 12-months via regularly scheduled Zoom webinars and meetups throughout 2023.

Get to know our world-class instructors

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Venture Partner, 500 Global
Rob Neivert
Paulina Szyrmer
Global Head of Education Programs, 500 Global
Paulina Szyrmer
Carrie
Regional Director, Programs, APAC at 500 Global
Carrie Liauw
Global Investment Team, 500 Global
Jordan Sawadogo
Founder, Savannah Fund
Mbwana Alliy
Lead, Africa, 500 Global
Mareme Dieng
Senior Operations Manager, 500 Global
Vanessa Samaniego
General Partner, 500 Global
Amal Dokhan

About

This program is invite-only for accelerators in the following countries: Nigeria, South Africa, Rwanda, Egypt, Kenya, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Tanzania, and, Ghana.
If you are a techhub from one of these geographies and you are convinced you’re a great fit for this program but you haven’t received an invite yet, please send us your persuasive reasons to vcunlocked@500.co

Make-IT in Africa believes in the catalytic power of African innovation and digital technologies for green and inclusive development. In close collaboration with digital visionaries like start-ups, innovation enablers and political partners, Make-IT in Africa empowers African innovation ecosystems. Together, they aim to strengthen an environment in which the full potential of African digital innovation can unfold. 

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH implements this project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

 

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