GrowthAfrica, a leading African impact startup accelerator, and business market and consulting company, has selected 19 startups from Kenya and Uganda for its 9th acceleration programme.
The cohort consist of 9 startups from Kenya and 10 startups from Uganda with half of them run and/or founded by women. The startups are described below:
The Ugandan Cohort
Amagara offers a wide range of natural skin care products enriched with 100% natural extracts from fruits, vegetables and other plants, all sourced from Ugandan farmers.
SEB Engineering produces produces affordable and locally adaptable cooking stoves for households and institutions in Uganda and the Great Lakes region.
Agricultural Stores Uganda (Highland Tea) produces, blends and distributes handpicked selections of tea from the Highlands of western Uganda.
Trans African Clean Energy and Agriculture Solutions (TACEAS) is a last-mile on demand sales and distribution company that enables renewable energy, and agriculture finance companies that have products for the base of the pyramid households, delivered at an affordable price.
Tursam Investments produces fresh fruit juice made from purely organic raw materials for school kids.
Clinic Master International provides an innovative web and mobile platform for health care institutions to manage their client information as well improve their patient care processes.
Crested Superior produces mozzarella and cheddar cheese for the growing hospitality industry in Uganda with milk supplied by local dairy farmers.
Pure Products produces safe, clean and affordable drinking water for many urban and peri-urban households in Uganda through its micro-franchise model.
Yoza is a location-based laundry service app that helps users with dirty laundry find washers in any location.
Round Bob is an online travel booking platform that makes it possible for users to afford travel through an integrated cost management tool that allows users to pay in instalments or save monthly towards a travel budget that users set.
The Kenyan Cohort
Luxury Leather Kenya creates luxury leather goods of outstanding quality for the global market, creating a high value chain addition to the local economy.
Africartrack International offers an asset tracking, control and management system that helps monitor, track and manage assets at all times.
Mboga Masters is a green grocer that specialize in wholesome foods and ethical farming methods that are combined with practical recipes and nutrition tips, to promote healthy eating.
WAYO Company collects feedback, tracks performance and measures service delivery across various service points in real-time, helping service based organizations to operate more effectively.
Marini Naturals is Kenya’s first natural and organic haircare line made out of finest ingredients and by African women, for the African woman.
The Haller Foundation is a charity that addresses basic needs of communities through e.g. farming, education and energy programmes. They have developed the Haller Farmers App to scale and disseminate agricultural best practices to farmers in Kenya and beyond.
ZikoAfrika is a contemporary accessories brand made in Kenya by ethically certified workshops, and reflects both European and African styles for a modern take on traditional forms and materials whilst empowering small scale artisans.
Ichaka Products produces the Bogani yogurt, a premium, high quality Greek and flavoured yogurt as well as cheese products that promote healthy living to the growing healthy-conscious middle class.
Gaea Foods is a potato processing company that prepares potatoes in various cuts for the local food service industry and restaurants.
The acceleration programme has already commenced. In Kenya, it started on March 9 while the one in Uganda on March 15. Both programmes will run for 6 months and equip entrepreneurs with skills and knowledge on business and growth strategies, business models, and access to investment.
Both programmes will be led by experienced facilitators that were carefully selected out of GrowthAfrica’s vast pool of industry specialists, who understand the dynamics of running a business and can provide valuable insights to the selected entrepreneurs.
Once advanced to GrowthAfrica’s alumni network, the entrepreneurs will continue to receive individualized support and strategic advice.
The startups were selected out of nearly 500 applications from a variety of sectors such as agribusiness, ICT, fashion and cosmetics following a rigorous multi-phase selection process which focused on the viability of their businesses, the strength of the teams, and their potential to solve challenges through innovative products and creative solutions.
GrowthAfrica strategically supports high-impact, high-growth businesses that innovatively contribute to Africa’s social and economic progress in different sectors through cohort-based programmes, strategic advice and access to funding.
Since its’ founding in 2002, GrowthAfrica has worked with over 1,800 local and international businesses, helped them raise US$42 million and create 24,000 jobs in East Africa.