‘The fast track tour’ event makes a stop in Ghana for tech startups

Telcel Group, Africa’s first mobile network operator, has once again made the headlines for their works. They hosted “The Fast Track Tour”; a pitching event for Ghanaian tech startups in Accra.

The event train has been moving around and took off from South Africa, making stops in Kenya, Nigeria, and other African countries.

Currently in Ghana, the tour is to scout for Ghanaian tech startups in their early stages for its accelerator program, The African Startup Initiative Program (ASIP)

Over the years, the Telcel Group has been helping to develop businesses across the African continent by collaborating with startups and early-stage companies to help them develop and maintain their business strategy and also help them secure financial aid.

The Executive Deputy of Telecel Group and ASIP Director, Eleanor Azar, spoke during the event held in Accra and said that Telecel Group has been committed to developing the next generation of tech businesses and entrepreneurs for the continent.

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It is in regard to this that the Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) was launched by Telecel Group in 2019 at the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona. Since its launch, ASIP has sponsored over 20 African start-ups in its first year in the presence of African ICT Ministers and United Nations officials.

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The first cohort proved to be a success with a total of 2229 entries after which finalists were made to pitch in the grande finale at Dakar, Senegal. This second cohort was launched in Cape Town, South Africa in November 2021 during the Africa Arena event.

ASIP prides itself in offering support and guidance to innovative startups in Africa. They believe these startups grow to build and lead economies in the African continent. 

With the right support, these startups will find solutions to their everyday challenges, because they live in the communities, understand the context, and needs of such communities, and are best placed to support such communities with innovative solutions.

“So far, a total of 1857 applications have been received from across the continent – 76 from Ghana. The application will close on January 28, 2022.”

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“Many of the Ghanaian startups who have completed their applications to join Cohort II of the ASIP acceleration program will on January 20, 2022, pitch their innovative solutions at the Impact Hub in Osu, Accra, to an experienced panel of judges and mentors.”

Telecel Group ASIP is back by angel investors and program partners including AWS, Google, Microsoft, United Nations, Senegal (DER/FJ), VC4A, and many others who offer the top finalists the opportunity to benefit from approximately USD 750,000 earmarked in both cash and support,” she explained.

The Pan-African tour of Cohort II of the Telecel Group ASIP Accelerator program event has already made stops in South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria.

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