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Startup accelerator m.Labs has announced a partnership with major tech hubs that support SMEs within the digital and ICT sectors across East Africa.
The partnership is in preparation for the Traction Camp Programme, a six-month regional acceleration programme which aims to provide startups with sufficient skills and knowledge to scale their business.
Traction Camp will aim to provide startups with the ability to be global competitors, as well as to become growth-orientated business within the mobile and digital markets.
The programme, supported by the World Bank Group’s Infodev initiative, will collate the best entrepreneurs and startups across East Africa to attend the Traction Camp Programme. It is with this purpose that m.Labs has joined with Outbox situated in Uganda; Buni in Tanzania; kLab in Rwanda and Iceaddis in Ethiopia.
The hubs will use their networks and influence to connect with entrepreneurs, essentially increasing the impact of the Traction Camp Programme. Not only will they identify eligible startups, they will also support selected entrepreneurs throughout the programme.
m.Labs has partnered with major hubs across East-Africa in support of the Traction Camp Programme
Traction Camp will entail a two-week mentoring and coaching session as well as a week-long residential programme. Thereafter, the selected startups will be monitored for six months.
“We will conduct a series of information outreach workshops across the region for growth-oriented, digital entrepreneurs in partnership with the tech hubs. The main purpose of these workshops is to inform on requirements of the program, introduce the curriculum of the programme and some of the key activities,” wrote m.Labs in a press release.
The programme has and will take place on the following dates:
- kLab — 25 January
- Buni Hub — 26 January
- Iceaddis — 2 February
- Outbox — 2 February
Applications for the programme are still currently open and will close on 12 February 2017.
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