The SLA Accelerator is a 3 month program designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Africa's brightest entrepreneurs.

Three months of hands-on support and coaching

Direct access to some of Africa's most brilliant business minds

Opportunity to win money to help fund your business

The chance to pitch your business to investors

Mass media attention to help raise your business profile

This year, we're looking for business owners from the Technology industry.

Applications open on Monday, April 16 and close at 11:59PM WAT on Sunday, May 20.

Click here for our FAQs and need to knows about the application and selection process!

Info Sessions

Still have questions??? Want to know what the application review committee is looking for? Join us for an information session and a business model canvas workshop in both Lagos and Abuja from May 15th – 17th.

At the information sessions potential applicants can speak directly with the organising team about how to submit a successful application, what the review committee will be looking for and what makes a high quality pitch deck. The business model canvas workshop will then teach you key tools to describe, design, and summarise your business model effectively!

How The Program Works

Check out the video highlights of our 2017 Accelerator Demo Day...

And click here to see photos!

This year's Accelerator is in partnership with the Work in Progress! Alliance and Lagos Innovates.


She Leads Africa is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting young African women and their journey towards professional success. The organisation has been featured on CNN, CNBC Africa, Black Enterprise and Fox Business and has more than 400,000 community members across Africa and the diaspora.


The Work in Progress! Alliance is focused on unlocking the economic potential of young women and men in Egypt, Nigeria and Somalia. The project aims to enable them to generate sustainable and living incomes – by finding regular employment or starting enterprises. Alliance partners include Oxfam, VC4A (Venture Capital for Africa) and Butterfly Works. As part of the project, VC4A partners with local accelerators and works to strengthen local investor networks.

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Lagos Innovates, an initiative of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, was established to help position Lagos State as a global centre for technology startups in Africa. It is focused on helping founders, developers and investors with access to learning resources, early stage investment capital, peer networks and high quality workspaces and infrastructure.