The Japan Worldwide Cooperation Company is extending the accelerator program to Kenya

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is expanding its startup accelerator program NINJA Accelerator to Kenya.

JICA coordinates official development aid for the Japanese government in developing countries and aims to promote international cooperation by supporting socio-economic development, recovery or economic stability in emerging countries.

The company launched the NINJA Accelerator 9 in Ethiopia last year and is now expanding it to Nairobi in April in collaboration with Double Feather Partners (DFP), the Deloitte Tohmatsu consortium and GrowthAfrica.

An initial cohort of five Kenyan startups will be selected to participate in a three-month, bespoke and intensive program that offers a unique blend of Japanese and African expertise, local knowledge and access to a pool of Japanese, African and global mentors to investors.

Each selected startup will receive a symbolic welcome prize of $ 15,000 from Double Feather Partners, as well as the opportunity to attend a business event in Tokyo courtesy of JICA.

JICA plans to launch a number of NINJA accelerators across Africa over the next three years to further expand JICA’s commitment to African startups and build on the NINJA business plan competition in response to COVID-19, its Final takes place on February 26th.

Applications for the NINJA Accelerator in Kenya are open Here Those interested can register by February 22nd to participate in the grand finale of the NINJA Business Plan competition in response to COVID-19 Here.

Ten finalists were selected from over 2,700 African startup applicants from 19 countries to sign an employment contract with JICA and win prize money of up to US $ 30,000. These finalists are Agrinfo (Tanzania) and Africa LLC (South Africa), Appy People (Angola), Emergency Response Africa (Nigeria), Lifestores Healthcare (Nigeria), MajestEYE (Tunisia), Mobile Scan Solutions (Uganda) and Moja Ride (Ivory Coast) , TranSoniCa (Ghana) and Upepo Technology (Kenya).

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