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, Vodacom Tanzania and Smart Codes had a vision for a program to engage startups with digital solutions that transform African communities. The companies came together to empower local technology startups in sectors such as Fintech, Edutech, Healthtech, Agriculture, Entertainment, Tourism, Cybersecurity and E-commerce. The main objectives are to explore digital transformation opportunities and, more importantly, to empower young Tanzanians with innovative solutions to create jobs and solve societal problems.

The program plans to provide expert training and mentorship programs and give access to tools, resources and funding. Collaboration is vital as no 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 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

Season 2

Application Phase

Call for applications to technology startups in Tanzania.

Selection Phase

The program reviews the criteria, and the top 15 startups are selected.

Acceleration Phase

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

Validation Phase

The program supports the top 3 startups to raise more funding and grow/scale their innovation for six months.

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