Norwegian-based accelerator Pangea has unveiled a scale-up program offering private funding of up to Ksh 300 million and business support for startups in Kenya.
The program Pangea says will enable locally funded startups to accelerate their enterprises to the next level and further enable them to move up the ladder from the Seed level to Series A.
“Out of the local start-ups that have raised more than $1 million, only 6% have local founders while the rest are founded by expatriates. As an accelerator, we are looking to change this narrative and enable more African entrepreneurs to gain access to the capital they need to move to the next level through programs like the Pangea Scaleup program”. said CEO and Cofounder of Pangea Accelerator Jonas Tesfu while announcing a call for applications for the program.
Like in many other African countries, Kenyan startups face a major challenge in finding investors to fund their businesses- a task considered difficult and time-consuming. “It is also on this backdrop that as Pangea we step in and help bridge the gap between entrepreneurs and investors, and we provide them with the skills they need to take their start-ups to the next level” said Tesfu.
Successful applicants of the program will also receive tailored coaching sessions to suit their specific business requirements and optimal matching of investors to fund their businesses. The start-ups also get to tap into the vast networks that Pangea Accelerator has. This is in addition to coaching relevant to the needs of their businesses and funding from different investors. The program also focuses on building long term relationships that will extend beyond the 18-month duration.
The scale-up program will be 18 months long to ensure that the selected start-ups will have all the support they need. In addition, it is sector-agnostic and seeks the best start-ups in different sectors of the economy.
Entrepreneurs looking for an opportunity to scale up their business can apply for funding and business support from the program’s website here.