76 Ghanaian startups to compete for Telecel group, Africa startup initiative program

Tech startups to compete in Telecel, cohort II Africa startups initiative program in Accra

Some 76 Ghanaian tech startups are set to go head to head in the country’s maiden Telecel Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) challenge powered by Startupbootcamp AfriTech.  

76 Ghanaian startups to compete for Telecel group, Africa startup initiative program

ASIP is Telecel Group’s flagship social acceleration and investment program, designed to help develop new businesses across the continent by working with startups and early-stage companies to define their business strategy and secure funding. The competing Ghanaian startups who have completed their applications to join the ASIP acceleration program will, on January 20, 2022, pitch their innovative solutions at the Impact Hub in Osu, Accra, to an experienced panel of judges and mentors.

The competition promises up to US$750,000 worth of cash and technical support prizes offered by angel investors and program partners including AWS, Google, Microsoft, United Nations, Senegal (DER/FJ), VC4A and many others. This is the second edition of the competition, which has already made stops in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria.

The Executive Deputy of Telecel Group and ASIP Director, Eleanor Azar, has arrived in Accra for the Ghana event and says that Telecel Group remains committed to developing the next generation of tech businesses and entrepreneurs for the continent. ASIP was first launched in 2019 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. In its first year, there were 2,229 entries and it finished with 20 African startups receiving sponsorship to grow..

The second edition was launched during the Africa Arena event in November 2021, in Cape Town, South Africa. So far, a total of 1,857 applications have been received from across the continent, out of which 76 are from Ghana. The application will close on January 28, 2022.

The Executive Deputy of Telecel Group and ASIP Director, Eleanor Azar, has arrived in Accra for the Ghana event and says that Telecel Group remains committed to developing the next generation of tech businesses and entrepreneurs for the continent.

Launched by Telecel Group in 2019 at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, the Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) in its first year offered sponsorship to over 20 African startups in the presence of African ICT Ministers and officials of the United Nations.

The first Cohort was highly successful and had a total of 2229 entries after which finalists from various African countries went on to pitch in the grand finale in Dakar Senegal. Cohort II was launched during the Africa Arena event in November 2021, in Cape Town, South Africa.

So far, a total of 1857 applications have been received from across the continent – 76 from Ghana. The application will close on January 28, 2022.

Telecel Group ASIP Accelerator Program powered by Startupbootcamp Afritech created the first virtual program launched across Africa and has an impressive portfolio of continent-wide startups.

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