MASHAV & Make-IT in Africa Joint Accelerator Programme 


About the Start-up Accelerators in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

More than 440 [1] tech hubs are currently operating all over Africa. With this enormous number, different hubs implement varied acceleration and incubation programmes. These programmes aim to provide the necessary essentials and principles to start-ups, supporting them with right trainings and courses to overcome obstacles they face in their early stages.

However, the intermediaries that contribute to the positive development of start-ups are often lacking the training needed to develop their skillsets further. Therefore MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation – and the Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative ‘Make-IT in Africa’ partnered up to offer the joint training Start-up Accelerators in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem.

This course will provide participants with skills and knowledge on various points like ecosystem development, community building and entrepreneur support.

[1] GSMA, Ecosystem Accelerator, Africa Tech Hubs landscape, 2018

Programme & Highlights

The #Start-up Accelerators in the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem programme runs from June 16th – 28th 2019.

  • Selection and Travel Arrangements


  • Arrival

    June 16th

  • Training

    June 17th-27th

  • Departure

    28th June


The ten-day training series contains the following modules:

  • Introduction to Business Accelerators and Business Incubators

  • Screening Process Management

  • Ecosystem Building and Development

  • Community Building and Development

  • The Know-How in Promoting the Accelerator Programme

  • Site Visits to Several Accelerators


11 different subjects will be addressed over the whole training period

  • Partners in Acceleration

  • Business Models

  • Pitching

  • Market Research

  • Ecosystem Analysis

  • Product and Market Fit Finance

  • Models and Goals of Accelerators (Private, Public, Academic)

  • The Ecosystem Support Frameworks for Entrepreneurs

  • Social Entrepreneurship

  • Venture Capital Investment

  • Media

Selection Criteria


The course is designed for managers of accelerators and other entrepreneurial support programmes, managers of communities, as well as those working in governmental institutions and SME support agencies, private sector support systems for entrepreneurs and NGOs dealing with small business support and development. Special consideration will be given to candidates who work and support the development of entrepreneurs in their communities. Candidates should hold an academic degree in related disciplines, and have at least five years of professional work experience in related fields. A full command of English is required.


Ghana1 Woman + 1 Man
Kenya1 Woman + 1 Man
Nigeria1 Woman + 1 Man
Rwanda3 Women + 3 Men

General Information

MASHAV offers a scholarship, which covers the cost of the training programme, including lectures and field visits, full board accommodation in double rooms (two participants per room), health insurance (see below) and transfers to and from the airport.

Make-IT in Africa will sponsor airfares (return ticket from home country) for the selected 12 candidates to attend the training.

A daily allowance is not included in the scholarship.

The course will be held at Dan Panorama Hotel in Haifa. Participants will be accommodated in double rooms (two participants per room). Participants should arrive at the hotel on the arrival date and leave the hotel on the departure date. Early arrivals/late departures must be arranged by the participants themselves and must be paid for by the participant him/herself.

Health Services
Medical insurance covers medical services and hospitalisation in case of emergency. It does not cover the treatment of chronic or serious diseases, specific medications taken by the participant on a regular basis, dental care and eyeglasses. Health authorities recommend that visitors to Israel make sure they have been inoculated against tetanus in the last ten years. Subject to the full binding policy conditions. Participants are responsible for all other expenses.

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