Africa Technology and Innovation Accelerator (AfTIA) is a program within the Computing for Development (C4D) Centre of Excellence (CoE). It implements the startup incubation and acceleration component of a broader vision of the center. AfTIA implements the innovation and entrepreneurship component of the research CoE through incubation/acceleration of information technology start-up businesses.
The vision of AfTIA is to be the global reference point in developing scalable IT-based enterprises for sustainable development
AfTIA eco-system comprises of stakeholders, partners and funders. AfTIA primarily works with both Early stage acceleration and Growth stage acceleration. The Lab puts out regular Early stage acceleration and Growth stage acceleration calls. Such calls also attract startups from other hubs as well as disruptive startups at the growth stage.
The Early Stage Fund is used as seed capital to be injected to the selected startups to develop their concepts and prototypes to be more robust and investor ready within a 6 month period. This gets them ready for a demo day whereby startups will showcase their solutions for growth stage investment consideration or to exit the accelerator.