[Events] The Land Accelerator | 7-12 September 2019 | Nairobi | Kenya
The Land Accelerator
7-12 September 2019 | Nairobi | Kenya
A game-changing event took place in 2018 that breathed new life into old land: the first cohort of the Land Accelerator brought together entrepreneurs from seven countries across Africa. The magic will happen again from September 7-12, 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. The program is free to attend and takes no equity. Also, travel costs will be covered.
The Land Accelerator is an action-packed 6-day program to train and mentor entrepreneurs from across Africa, including business education, technical lectures, and a Demo Day where participants will pitch to prospective investors.
You should apply if:
- You are working to improve a degraded landscape in Africa through a business approach. This includes climate-smart agriculture, sustainable forestry, reforestation, non-timber forest products, and similar activities
- You are interested in raising money for your venture
- You want to learn fast, both in the classroom and by connecting with mentors and other entrepreneurs
The application deadline is Monday, July 8. Applications are welcome in English and French and can be completed in as little as 10 minutes on F6S (you will need to register using your email or social media). We will select 15 applicants. Here’s a taste of what’s to come.
With everything to gain and nothing to lose… What are you waiting for?
These are some highlights from the 2018 program:
- The entrepreneurs have increased confidence in their ability to engage investors, negotiate terms and raise capital. One business received a $50,000 investment based on its improved plan and pitch, while another won a $10,000 cash prize
- One business has transformed how it works with hundreds of farmers
- One business pivoted to a new focus. It has since secured two large orders
Hear from last year’s cohort about their experience in this video
The Accelerator contributes to African countries’ efforts to bring 100 million hectares of land into restoration through the African Forest Landscapes Restoration Initiative (AFR100) and the Bonn Challenge. There is no fee for the program thanks to the generous support of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
Questions or comments? Reach out to Sofia Faruqi.