#Africa 2 Ghanaian startups join UK-based social impact accelerator


Two Ghanaian startups have been participating in a UK-based social impact residential accelerator run by The Collective, and are set to pitch to investors at the Demo Day to be held in London tomorrow (August 24).

Co-living company The Collective this year launched the inaugural Collective Global Accelerator, selecting early-stage social impact startups from around the world to provide them with the skills, advice and contacts to help them scale their socially-conscious enterprises.

The 10-strong cohort includes two Ghanaian companies, alongside candidates from countries in Asia, South America and the US.

The Ghanaian startups are Moja, a company leveraging the increased use of mobile phone devices to grow reliable blood donations by providing incentives and motivation to encourage people to volunteer to donate blood regularly; and Food for All Africa, which uses an app to create sustainable means of nutrition for vulnerable communities through food recovery, redistribution and farming.

The startups have been participating in the one-month residential programme – living and working together -, supported by a team of mentors from The Collective, as well as Google’s former head of green business and clean energy for Europe, Benjamin Kott; Oli Barrett, co-founder of StartUp Britain; Melinda Nicci, chief executive officer (CEO) and founder of award-winning social enterprise Baby2Body; and William McQuillan, from tech investment firm Frontline Ventures.

The programme culminates in an investor Demo Day tomorrow (August 24).

“As someone who has started their own business from scratch and knows how daunting it can be, I applaud the commitment of these very talented individuals to pursuing business ideas which will help those who need it the most,” said Reza Merchant, CEO of The Collective.


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