Our curriculum of workshops and guest lectures breaks down entrepreneurship into user, market, product and business development modules, taught over the first six weeks of the programme.Successful entrepreneurs do not just possess knowledge, but also a mindset which sets them up for success. That’s why the curriculum has been designed to ensure you develop problem solving, tenacity and resilience to ensure you can apply the knowledge in the real world, and respond to the challenges you experience as a founder. Finally, through a combination of in-workshop problem sets, projects and through use of our innovator’s toolkit, you’ll actively apply what you’ve learnt to ensure you understand how to use it in the real world.
Throughout the programme, we will match you with experienced mentors who have a deep understanding of design, product development, disability and business.Our mentors will meet with you regularly, providing critical feedback so that your venture can rapidly progress.
Spaces where AT Innovators can rapidly test design iterations. They are a safe environment where innovators benefit from real-time feedback from experts and users. They have a specific focus (e.g. Prosthetics, or Mobile Technology) and provide assistive technology Innovators with invaluable experience to accelerate product and service development quickly toward the market. Live labs can be big or small, physical or virtual.
As a start founder, your network is one of the most valuable resources you have. That’s why a key part of our accelerator experience is our ecosystem events. Throughout our accelerator, we host events such as guest lectures, firesides with local Kenyan entrepreneurs and keynotes from world leaders in AT and entrepreneurship. Therefore, as a member of the innovate Now accelerator you’ll have the opportunity to develop relationships which will help your startup succeed.
At the end of each accelerator programme, cohort startups will have the opportunity to pitch their business and product to a panel of judges. The judging panel is crafted for each cohort to ensure we have relevant expertise to appropriately assess the startups who are presenting. Each startup will receive feedback to ensure your venture is on the path to success. The winning startup will be featured in AMREF and GDI Hubs communications, exposing your business to the rest of the African continent and the international community. As well as the judging panel, we also invite a carefully curated list of investors and partners so that your venture is exposed to people who can make a difference either through funding, collaboration, or introductions.
The Innovate Now accelerator provides the accelerator service entirely for free and do not take equity from any of our startups because we are entirely grant funded. Our cohorts require intense full-time commitment. Therefore if you are selected, startup founders are required to attend all events, workshops and mentorship sessions, and to complete projects on time.