What is Accelerate with Djembe

“Accelerate with Djembe” is a communication-focused accelerator program, specifically focused on scaling up businesses in the Middle East and Africa (MEA). 

Who is eligible to apply for Accelerate with Djembe?

All Scale-ups, operating in Africa and the Middle East are encouraged to apply for the programme. Scale-ups from other regions with established plans to expand into the MEA regions are also encouraged to apply. 


What is the selection process like?

All applicants will undergo two rounds of screening by our programme team. In the first round, each application will be assessed by our jury of five (5) for programme alignment, existing traction, communications needs and team. Shortlisted scale-ups will be invited to participate in a series of virtual interviews, and finalists will be notified ahead of the program kickoff. 

Will this program be run in English?

Yes, this program will be run primarily in English; however, we can explore providing French & Arabic languagessupport in case your startup may need such help. Please note the interview process will be conducted entirely in English. 

What is the duration and format of the program?

The program will be delivered in a hybrid format and will last for 3 months in total. It will include an onboarding week, 10 training weeks, an investor week, and a Demo Day. Other virtual or in-person events may be organized during the duration of the program such as masterclasses or other regional events. 

Would my venture receive funding?

Accelerate with Djembe does not provide cash funding for participating ventures but scale-ups successfully completing the program would have access to Djembe’s investor database and supported with investor outreach/relations advisory. Scale-ups will also be supported by Djembe partners operating in the fundraising and investment space. 


Is there a fee for participating in the program?

The program is completely free of charge for the participating scale-ups and there is NO FEE associated with taking part in the activities throughout the cohort. 

When applying, is the information shared confidential?

Everything you will be providing through our application portal will be treated as confidential and will only be shared with the parties involved in the selection process. 


Can I join another accelerator at the same time?

Scale-ups are not advised to combine two (2) accelerator programmes – they are however allowed to as long as they commit time to complete the programme. 

How can I get in touch with you?

Please contact us at: accelerate@djembeconsultants.co

What do I access beyond the Program?

Accelerate with Djembe makes a range of resources available to scale-ups at the end of the program. These will include Djembe’s investor database, digital communications resources and pitch deck templates among others. 

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