A 4-month Accelerator Program for African Startups backed by Industry Leaders

 Is your startup ready to co-create the future with us?

Apply to Spring Fellowship a 4-month acceleration program in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire


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Establish a direct relation with Industry leaders present all over Africa

Join a network of World-class,
Experts, Corporates
and Investors

Get a seed ticket of USD 15,000 if selected for the program. pitch during a Demo Day in front of VC investors industry leaders top management

In perks and discounts in digital / IT / advisory solutions & products


About Spring Fellowship

Spring Fellowship is a 4-month accelerator program backed by global corporate leaders, and created by Kinaya Ventures. Spring Fellowship will take place mainly in Abidjan and is open to 8 African startups operating across AgTech, FoodTech, MarTech/AdTech, RetailTech. Spring Fellowship will offer seed funding tickets of USD15,000 per startup, as well as operational and expertise support.


For who?

Spring Fellowship is designed for a broad spectrum of entrepreneurs, whether it be founders or representing a team of early to growth-stage startups. We specialize in one of the following verticals: Agtech, Foodtech, AdTech, MarTech, RetailTech. We invite every promising Africa-based startup with at least a Minimum Viable Product (MVP), and a minimum traction to apply


 Our Corporate Partners

Each thematic vertical is led by a dedicated corporate partner specialized in this field.  Spring Fellowship’s distinctive open innovation approach is to team up promising African startups with large corporations


What does it solve?

2018 was a monumental year for African startups, with US$ 1.163 billion raised in equity funding, a 108% YoY growth. But despite their capacity to develop disruptive solutions, products, services, 80% of African startups fail to succeed in their first year of existence. The top 3 reasons known are the inadequacy between their solutions and prospective clients' needs; the lack of financing; the absence of depth of market.


 Who is Kinaya Ventures?

Kinaya Ventures is a Dakar / Abidjan based innovation and investment platform co-founded by two inspiring African entrepreneurs Laïssa Mouen and Eva Sow Ebion, backed by leading corporates partnerships and lifted by a leading team with key expertise in startups ecosystem, digital marketing, and investment. Kinaya Ventures’ mission beyond connecting the dots between startups, corporates and investors, is to upskill entrepreneurs and help them scale. Kinaya Ventures’ ambition is to act as a digital ecosystem enabler in Francophone Africa and beyond.


The Innovation Challenges

Discover the list of Innovation Challenges open for your startup to apply.
Innovation Challenges are the entry door to the accelerator program Spring Fellowship. Call for applications will end on July 7, 2019 at 23:59 UTC.


 The Africa Tour

We are organising an African Tour in 7 vibrant startup ecosystems to meet and source the most promising startups in AgTech, FoodTech, MarTech, AdTech and RetailTech, present Spring Fellowship and pitch our corporate partners’ innovation or business challenges. RSVP NOW!

Accra - May 27 @Mövenpick 5pm


Johannesburg - June 14 @Tshimologong Precinct 5pm rsvp

Lagos - May 29
@Civic Centre 5pm


Abidjan - June 18 @Pullman Abidjan 5pm rsvp

Next step: Nairobi - June 10
@Nairobi Garage Kilimani 5pm


Dakar - June 25

Cape Town - June 12 @Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel 5pm rsvp

 Meet the mentors

Spring Fellowship is also a network of 100 passionate mentors from CTO to Investment Specialist to help you bring out the best in yourself and your startup.




 Our Partners


Why join the program

- Global network -

- 100 selected mentors -

- Perks & discounts of USD45K -

- Alumni Growth Program -

- Expert-led masterclass sessions -

- Business opportunities with leading corporates -

- Expansion in Sub Saharan Africa -

- Industry-themed events -

- Free desks for your team in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire -

- USD15K in cash per team -

- Investor Access -

- Spring Demo Day -


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