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Katapult launches African accelerator in partnership with Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

The Norway-based Katapult has partnered with the Tony Blair Institute (TBI) for Global Change, Norrsken and Smart Africa to launch the Katapult Africa Accelerator Programme, which will look to accelerate and invest in agri-tech and climate-tech startups.

The Norway-based Katapult Accelerator has invested in a host of African startups, and also launched spin-offs such as Katapult Ocean and a climate-focused programme.

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The three-month Katapult Africa Accelerator Programme will be run both physically – from Rwanda – and digitally, and seeks to accelerate and invest in up to 15 startups. Additionally, it will run a 30-place pre-accelerator programme.

Agri- and climate-tech startups working in the fields of agriculture and food production, supply chain services, distribution and logistics, and sustainable infrastructure are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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“As Katapult launches the Africa Accelerator Programme, the Katapult Africa team here in Kigali, Rwanda are all very excited to be working with our program partners TBI, Smart Africa and Norrsken, as well as engaging with companies, different ecosystem partners and corporate partners,” said Philip Gasaatura, Katapult country director for Rwanda.

“We believe African startups can help solve some of the big challenges Africa faces today as one of the fastest growing markets and this we believe is a great investment opportunity and so our goal is to find, invest in and help scale some of the most exciting tech companies with the most impact potential on Africa’s food and agri value chains, across Africa.”

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Source: disrupt-africa

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