About us


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.

Eligibility Criteria


The five domains within which AfTIA is accepting startup submissions are:

Technology in Finance: The use of technology to make financial services, enable provision of financial services or drive technological innovation in provision of financial services.

Technology in Agriculture: The sector description defining the new opportunities for technology and products that will assist in the feeding of a projected 10Billion global inhabitants by 2050.

Technology in Education: The use of technology in form of products, apps and tools to enhance learning, pedagogy and instruction.

Technology in Governance: The use of technology infrastructures that government departments use to do their internal work or deliver services to their “customers” ie. citizens.

Technology in Health: The use of technology (databases, applications, mobiles, wearables) to improve the delivery, payment, and/or consumption of care, with the ability to increase the development and commercialization of medicinal products.


Applicants for incubation support must also meet the following criteria

Individuals external to University of Nairobi

  1. The primary applicant be Kenyan by nationality.
  2. Kenyans can apply for incubation for an innovation which was jointly developed with non-Kenyans
  3. Must have registered their innovation with relevant regulatory agencies
  4. The innovation must not be incubated in another incubator at the same time
  5. Provide proof of ownership of the innovation.
  6. Innovation must have a demonstrated potential for commercialization.
  7. Innovation for incubation must be relevant to Kenya’s development agenda
  8. Applicants must provide a detailed description of their innovation as prescribed in the application form
  9. Applicants must provide a summary business plan at the time of application
Staff and students of University of Nairobi

  1. Staff and students of UON applying for incubation
  2. Innovation by all bonafide staff members and students of the University of Nairobi, hereafter referred to internal applicants, are eligible
  3. Internal applicants shall meet the basic criteria
  4. Must have registered their innovation with relevant regulatory agencies.
  5. Applicants must provide a detailed description of their innovation as prescribed in the application form
  6. Applicants must provide a summary business plan at the time of application
  7. The University shall give priority to internal applicants

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