Acelera Angola promotes innovation, entrepreneurship, and digital inclusion

By : Melchior Koba

Date : jeudi, 28 septembre 2023 17:04

Acelera Angola is an important supporter of change and innovation in Africa. Through its programs and initiatives, it continues to transform the Angolan and African entrepreneurial landscape.

Acelera Angola is a Luanda-based startup accelerator that promotes entrepreneurship and drives creative business in Africa. Founded in 2017 by its managing partner José Carlos Santos, an Angolan entrepreneur, its mission is to support innovative startups with high growth potential, offering them training, mentoring, networking, and financing services.

Under the management of José Carlos Santos, Acelera Angola has set up a series of programs and activities to support startups at different stages of their development.

These include the Clube do Empreendedor, an event organized jointly with the US Embassy in Angola and Unitel, offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to exchange experiences. There's also Acelera Mentoring, an event that offers free mentoring to startups at different stages and gives them the chance to collaborate with specialists.

In addition, Acelera Angola has launched several specific programs such as FEMTECH, a four to six-month business acceleration program for women entrepreneurs, BETA-START which aims to promote entrepreneurship in Angola, and ReStart, a fully digital program for Angolan women entrepreneurs who want to innovate and accelerate the growth of their businesses. Application for the sixth edition of that program was opened on August 1, 2023. 

Since its creation, Acelera Angola has trained over 750 people, launched more than 22 programs across at least 18 target provinces in Angola, and supported more than 362 startups in various sectors.

It has a network of local and international partners who contribute to its development and that of its startups. These include the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Angolan government, which has supported several incubation and acceleration programs, and Total Energies.

Acelera Angola is therefore a benchmark accelerator in Africa, contributing to the continent's social and economic transformation through innovation and creativity.

Melchior Koba


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