The frequently asked questions about the Vodacom Digital Accelerator.

What is Vodacom Digital Accelerator?

Vodacom Digital Accelerator is a program that seeks startups with innovative solutions and provides facilitation to take these businesses to the next level. It supports innovative products and services for Tanzania's early-stage and growth-stage technology startups. The program enables these potential startups to be brought into the market and become the next profitable, revenue-generating African businesses.

How do I participate in this program?

Apply to an open window of call to applications available to Startups. The applications will be reviewed based on the criteria set, and select the top 15 startups for acceleration.

When do applications begin?

Applications for the 2022 cohort were open from 25th April and closed on 30th June. Stay tuned for the next cohort.

How do I apply?

You submit your application by clicking the apply now button (that only appears when applications are open) and fill in the form that will appear before the close dates.

I already have a startup. What will I get from this program?

Vodacom Digital Accelerator supports the visions of startups. Season two offers founders full autonomy and control of the roadmap of their startups. It also aims to motivate and fast-track startup founders' ability to generate sustainable startups through virtual and physical acceleration and validation activities.

  1. Equity free funding and follow-on investment
  2. Access to M-PESA for Business services
  3. Access to industry experts
  4. Access to training and tools
  5. Regulatory and compliance support
  6. Technology support
  7. Go to market strategy

What are the focus sectors for the program?

  • Fintech
  • Edutech
  • Healthtech
  • Entertainment
  • Tourism
  • Agriculture
  • Cyber Security
  • E-commerce

The accelerator program targets Seed to Series A revenue-generating tech startups with headquarters in Tanzania. Selected startups should be formally registered businesses with their founder and appropriate team members available to join the program. Other specific requirements include;

  1. A startup founder should be 18 and above.

  2. A startup should demonstrate traction, ideally between Seed and Series A stages in the Tanzanian market.

  3. A startup should build a scalable product or service with a significant total addressable market and a defensible growth model.

  4. A startup should serve the fintech, edutech, healthtech, entertainment, tourism, agriculture, cybersecurity and e-commerce sectors.

Where are you located?

Location - Smart Lab HQ | House No. 346 | Mikocheni A, Senga Road, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Have more questions?

If there are any further questions you have not covered by our FAQ section, contact us through;

Email; ideas@smartlab.co.tz
Social Media; @SmartLab255
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