Rwanda

Agritech and foodtech

In partnership with the Tony Blair Institute, Norrsken and Smart Africa and supported by Norad, Katapult Africa aims to invest in and help scale the next generation of impact agri- and climate tech startups.

“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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Accelerator Program

The world’s increasing population means there is an increasing demand for food, along with an increasing environmental footprint from agriculture. New technologies in food production have the potential to radicalize the way we produce and distribute food, as well as manage our food waste. Innovative startups from Africa are encouraged to take the leap and create solutions for the future. Katapult’s Africa Accelerator Program will recruit the best companies and provide them the tools, network and the financial support for success. Together with our partners, Katapult aims to contribute to a transformative, structural change in the food chain.

What we look for…

In our mission to build a thriving world for all, the Katapult Africa Accelerator is particularly interested in applications from startups working in the following fields:

Agriculture and Food Production
Startups with technologies in agricultural tools and equipment, agro-inputs, production and conservation management platforms, and enhanced biotech and foods

Supply Chain Services
Startups providing innovative financial services, and accessible data, information and knowledge for consumers and businesses

Distribution and Logistics
Startups working on sustainable transport, storage, and supply chain marketplaces and platforms

Sustainable Infrastructure
Startups realizing critical value chain opportunities for renewable energy, and processing and recycling technology

If this is you, don’t hesitate to apply!

 

Our Partners

The Tony Blair Institute

The Tony Blair Institute’s mission is to equip political leaders and governments with the tools they need to create open, inclusive and prosperous societies in a globalized world. 

Experts in our Government Advisory unit help countries and their leaders turn their vision for development into reality through effective government. Through our expert advisors, we’re able to offer unique insight, as well peer-to-peer practical support, to leaders and governments keen to implement reform. And our Policy Futures team delivers analysis and practical policy advice on issues such as the challenges posed by technological advances and globalization.

TBI has over the last 18 months also pivoted its work towards helping countries mitigate the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, source essential equipment, harness the power of technology and position themselves for the rebuilding to come.

TBI currently works with governments and leaders in 16 countries in Africa – Angola, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, the DRC, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

TBI has been working alongside the government of Rwanda since 2008 and builds capacity and delivery functions of key agencies across government, including in the agriculture and ICT sectors. Today, TBI works with the government of Rwanda to attract private investments. 

Learn more about the Tony Blair Institute

 

Norrsken

Norrsken is an impact ecosystem where entrepreneurs can find everything they need to make saving the world their business. 

Norrsken run the award-winning co-working space Norrsken House in Stockholm, Sweden and Norrsken House in Kigali, Rwanda, the largest startup hub in East Africa. Norrsken incubated Norrsken VC – a $130 million impact VC fund investing in the best entrepreneurs that solve global challenges using technology and Norrsken22, a $200 million growth fund backing exceptional entrepreneurs building Africa’s new tech unicorns. Norrsken also manage the Norrsken Impact Accelerator, Europe’s leading Accelerator program for early stage impact startups. 

Norrsken is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-political foundation, with a strong belief in effective altruism. It was founded by Niklas Adalberth, co-founder of payment services unicorn Klarna. 

Learn more about Norrsken

 

Smart Africa

Smart Africa is an alliance of 32 African countries, international organisations and global private sector players tasked with Africa’s digital agenda. The alliance is empowered by a bold and innovative commitment by African Heads of State to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent and usher Africa into the knowledge economy through affordable access to broadband and the use of ICTs. With a vision to create a single digital market in Africa by 2030, the Smart Africa Alliance brings together Heads of State who seek to accelerate the digitalization of the continent and create a common market. Launched in 2013 by seven African Heads of State, the Alliance now has 32 member countries, representing over 815 million people and over 40 Private Sector members committed to the vision and the advancement of Africa.

Learn more about Smart Africa

 

Norad

The Norwegian government agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD) is supporting the Katapult accelerator program with operational financial funding. The Agency is a directorate under the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Norad provides expert advice about development and aid to foreign services and works together with a range of other players in development assistance. In order to provide good and relevant advice it is important to understand the context in which the development aid must work. Norad draws on the best expert groups in Norway and has substantial knowledge and know-how on subjects ranging from health and education to climate, environment, energy and human rights in recipient countries.

Learn more about Norad

 

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