Twenty Nigerian startups across a variety of sectors have been
selected to take part in the Lagos-based 2017 She Leads Africa
Accelerator, at the end of which they will compete for NGN2 million
(US$5,600) in funding.
She Leads Africa has
partnered with the Work in Progress! Alliance, OCP, Guaranty Trust Bank
(GTB), Cointreau and Intel to create a three-month accelerator
programme, designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of
Nigeria’s brightest entrepreneurs.More than 200 startups from
across Nigeria applied for the programme, with that list now having been
narrowed down to the selected 20. The selected entrepreneurs were
evaluated based on their existing traction, management team, and vision
to scale across Africa.
Accelerator participants will spend the
next three months working on their business strategy and growth, while
networking with investors and potential partners, before pitching their
businesses at an investor Demo Day in November for the chance to secure
the NGN2 million investment from She Leads Africa.
In the Intel
Technology Cohort, the selected businesses are online event planning
platform Eventplanner, software development agency Dexterity Logics,
on-demand services platform UrbanErrands, e-health startup Greymate
Care, and online communications company KJK.
startup Taeillo, jobs platform Auditions.ng, fashion label Redbutton,
jewellery company MMG, and clothing brand Netima have been picked in
Cointreau Creatives Cohort, while food delivery startup Food-i-Like,
baby food companies Mahauty and Smile-On, furniture company Perception
Consult, and business community CEA make up the GTB Retail &
In the OCP Agribusiness Cohort, the selected
businesses are agriculture startups Dahrah, Meenam Blends, Farm for Gold
Venture, Apples & Berries, and Showplace Nigeria.