She Leads Africa, a community that helps young African women grow, has announced the first cohort for their SLA Accelerator program. This Accelerator program is supported by Guaranty Trust Bank, and the Work In Progress Alliance! (VC4Africa and Oxfam).
This year, 120 candidates submitted applications from across Nigeria for the Accelerator program. Ten startups were selected based on their traction and progress in the market, management team and vision to grow and scale across Africa.
- Fresh Direct Produce and Agro-Allied Services. This is an agricultural startup that uses Hydroponics to cultivate food crops.
- VivaSante, tries to “solve the medical industry’s procurement problem, by providing technology enabled distribution solution resulting in the transparency and simplicity”,
- DeliveryBros, is a delivery startup (specifically pickups from the market to your house/office). They help you save time.
- Koko’s Kitchen, makes confectionary dry mixes and sells them for at a cheap rate.
- BubbleTii, makes Bubble Tea. Bubble Tea is a Taiwanese drink made of tea, and tapioca balls. They are definitely bringing this to Africa.
- Shuttlers, is a transport network company that serves professionals in Lagos.
- Keek’s sells weight loss and general wellness packages to busy women,
- Native Bukka, sells bukka food to the general public.
- Bath Kandy makes “dessert-inspired beauty treats for women who crave the finer things”,
- iPA (Independent Personal Assistant) which “provides strategic virtual assistance to high-level executives across Africa”.
The startups will spend the next three months working with mentors, investors and potential partners, which include, Chudi Amu, Vice President of Investment at Verod Capital; Shirley Somuah, Investor at Cardinal Stone Partners; Seun Abolaji, Creative Director at Wilson’s Juice Company; and Tunde Kehinde and Ercin Eskin, Cofounders of ACE.
At the end of the Accelerator program, these startups will have the opportunity to pitch and compete against one another at an investment Demo Day for a N 2 million investment.