Applications open for East African Traction Camp accelerator


Applications have opened for Traction Camp, an accelerator programme run by m:lab East Africa and the World Bank Group aimed at nurturing growth-oriented startups in the region.

Disrupt Africa reported last month m:lab East Africa and the World Bank Group had launched the initiative, which is just one of a series of accelerator programmes being launched by the World Bank across Africa, aimed at helping tech startups commercialise and scale innovative digital products.  

Traction Camp is aimed at nurturing startups in East Africa to create globally competitive, growth-oriented, mobile and digital technology businesses.

The objectives of the programme are to support rapid refinement of business models towards scalability and expansion, as well as facilitating human capital development among core startup team members, increasing investment readiness of entrepreneurs, and enabling startups to design effective monetization and customer acquisition strategies.

Applications to join the first cohort are now open here until January 25. The six-month programme will consist of two weeks of intensive training followed by up to six months of personalised coaching tailored to each entrepreneur’s needs.

The programme is also looking for mentors, coaches and an experienced consultancy firm in Kenya to mentor and coach growth-oriented digital entrepreneurs in the East African region. Interested individuals and firms should send their application here by January 10.


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