Program

This program seeks start-ups that have innovative solutions and provides facilitation to take these businesses to the next level.

About the Program

In 2019, Smart Codes and Vodacom had a vision for a program aimed at engaging startups that could solve key challenges faced in Tanzania through digital solutions. The companies wanted to work with local technology startups in Fintech, Edutech, Healthtech, Agriculture, Entertainment, Tourism, Cybersecurity and E-commerce sectors so as to explore digital transformation opportunities and more importantly contribute to empowering young Tanzanians with innovative solutions to create jobs and solve societal problems.

The program was built to help those startups validate their solution through Smart Codes and Vodacom operations and if successful, scale the solution into the Tanzanian market. In addition, the program offered expert training, mentorship programs, access to tools and funding. Collaboration is key as no one company can solve today’s economic challenges alone. Together the two companies can support the growth of quality startups in Tanzania, to create a better, more sustainable world and a new way of doing business.

Benefits to Startups

Vodacom Digital Accelerator supports the visions of startups. Season two will offer 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

Season 2

Application Phase

Online applications are open to Startups.

Selection Phase

The applications will be reviewed based on criteria, and the top 15 startups will be selected.

Acceleration Phase

The selected startups will go through the 13-week acceleration program.

Validation Phase

The top 3 startups will be supported to raise more funding and grow/scale their innovation for six months.

Digital Accelerator

Season 1 Winners

Smartclass

An online platform matching qualified tutors/experts to learners in remote areas who want to learn basic skills.

Hashtag Pools

An app allowing buyers of the same product or service to purchase in bulk and mutually enjoy maximum price discounts.

Ninsiima eDispensary

A mobile app that makes health insurance accessible to everyone.

MyHi by Innovasie Ltd

A mobile app that enables seamless access to purchase health insurance services for people with smartphones.

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