Applications open for 4th Vodafone F-LANE accelerator

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The Vodafone Institute for Society and Communications has opened applications for the fourth edition of its female-focused F-LANE accelerator, which offers access to mentoring and funding.

Focused on startups that empower women through technology, the Berlin-based F-LANE is a seven-week acceleration programme for up to fives high-potential digital impact ventures focusing on female empowerment.

Impact-driven entrepreneurs are invited to work, learn and live in Berlin, with the programme hosted at Impact Hub Berlin and the curriculum supplied by the Social Entrepreneurship Akademie.

The aim is to sharpen business and impact models, and get startups ready for investment. Each selected team receives a stipend of EUR12,000 (US$13,400) to cover living, travel and venture expenses, while the Vodafone Institute introduces them to personal mentors as well as potential business partners and investors.

Startups will also be connected to Vodafone Germany, and possibly the wider Vodafone family. Applications open here until June 7, with the programme beginning October. African tech startups to have taken part in the programme in the past include Uganda’s BreastIT, Mozambique’s Mowoza and Uganda’s Kaaro Health.

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