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Land Accelerator Africa Programme 2022 – Apply Here

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Land Accelerator Africa Programme 2022 - Apply Here

Land Accelerator Africa Programme 2022

Application for Land Accelerator Programme 2022 is currently ongoing. The World Resources Institute is calling on interested applicants for its annual Land Accelerator Africa Programme 2022.

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About Land Accelerator Africa

World Resources Institute (WRI) launched the Land Accelerator Africa in 2018, the world’s first training and mentorship program targeted specifically toward businesses that restore degraded forests, farmland, and pasture.

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To support the AFR100 Initiative’s goal of restoring 100 million hectares of land by 2030, the Land Accelerator provides entrepreneurs across Africa with mentorship and networking opportunities, technical training, and workshops to build up their storytelling and pitching skills.

Participants leave the program more empowered to connect with potential investors so that they can take their business to the next stage of growth. The program has attracted nearly 1,400 applicants in Africa since 2018, and its 104 alumni from 34 countries report that they have created 11,200 jobs, worked with 56,000 farmers, and restored 127,000 hectares.

Benefits  Of The Land Accelerator Africa Programme 2022

In 2021, WRI and our partners at AFR100 and Fledge took a novel approach to the Land Accelerator Africa. We expanded the size of our cohort to the top 100 entrepreneurs from across the continent to join us for an all-virtual business accelerator. Restoration entrepreneurs were invited to apply from all sub-Saharan African countries, free of charge.

The Top 100 benefited from:

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  • 3 months of exclusive weekly training from experts.
  • 3 months of access to Fledge’s online lessons for start-ups.
  • Templates to create content to help your business thrive.
  • Weekly office hours with mentors who will lend their expertise.
  • Weekly networking sessions to speak with and learn from other entrepreneurs in your cohort.

By the end of the program, entrepreneurs accessed the training and tools that they needed to complete:

  • A compelling one-minute pitch to hook investors, customers, and potential partners.
  • A 10 to 12 slide pitch deck targeted toward investors.
  • An environmental indicator measurement, management, and marketing plan.
  • A three- to five-year financial model to visualize their growth projections and to identify capital needs.
  • Increased confidence in their business’s mission and operations.

The top 100 entrepreneurs also had the opportunity to apply for a Land Accelerator investment pack, which an expert panel awarded to the top entrepreneurs.

Recipients of the investment packs benefited from:

  • An innovation grant of $5,000 or more.
  • A coaching meeting with a Land Accelerator organizer to develop an investment and innovation grant plan.
  • A 90-minute group session with members of the Land Accelerator mentor network, who provided tailored feedback.
  • A one-on-one call with a Land Accelerator mentor to provide feedback and a thorough review of all the materials submitted throughout the program.
  • The opportunity to present a three-minute business pitch at the virtual Land Accelerator Impact Days, a two-day event that brings together the awardees and investors from across the continent.
  • The opportunity to meet fellow entrepreneurs in-person for a week-long Bootcamp in Nairobi, Kenya, and learn from both leading entrepreneurs and trainers.

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Application Deadline

Not Specified

How To Apply

Interested applicants should kindly visit https://www.wri.org/initiatives/land-accelerator/africa to apply

Some Frequently Asked Question

What countries are covered by the Land Accelerator Africa?

  • We welcome applications from businesses based anywhere in sub-Saharan Africa. Applications must be written in either English or French.

What types of businesses can apply?

  • All entrepreneurs whose business model clearly centers around land restoration — through practices such as sustainable agriculture, reforestation, and agroforestry — are invited to apply.
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