Applications call for Africa AI Accelerator Program 2020. The accelerator has been designed by Ghana Tech Lab (GTL) to promote local innovations in the field of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data usage. The first cohort will support 10 AI startups from Ghana, South Africa, Rwanda, and Uganda. The program partners are GIZ’s tech entrepreneurship and AI initiatives “Make-IT in Africa” and “FAIR Forward – Artificial Intelligence for All” and IBM.
The Program has been structured to provide startups with product development and business development support through a blended accelerator program with a virtual and physical interface. Customized to boost collaboration between startups and corporates, commercial partners, and investors, participating startups will receive support to meet clear growth aspirations through measurable targets setting.
- Six months of tailored and interactive virtual and physical sessions.
- A fully-funded Bootcamp training experience.
- Connections to global networks and mentors.
- Coaching and mentorship from AI experts from IBM.
- Access to IBM’s Digital Nation Africa (DNA) platform and other digital tools.
- Investment opportunities.
- Strengthening technical capacity.
- Strengthening business capacity.
- Support to refine your AI solution.
- Matching to cooperates as potential clients or partners.
Entries must be from one of the followings
- Already have any of the following:
- An Artificial Intelligence (AI) or Machine Learning (ML) product or service.
- Have the prerequisites to include AI or ML into existing products or services including a detailed concept.
- Products or services which are needed to develop AI or ML products or services including training data collection.
In order to be eligible for Africa AI Accelerator Program 2020, applicants must
- Be a for-profit startup, operating in Ghana, South Africa, Rwanda, or Uganda, with a team of at least two people.
- Operational for at least one year and have traction with early revenue and early customers, with a clearly demonstrated potential to scale.
- Have a business model with a social impact, i.e. with a solution to a problem as described in the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Have an up to date Venture Profile on VC4A with appropriate information for business and financing partners.