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The 2019 application window is closed! If you have applied, you will hear from our team in July. We are not accepting any more applications.

We are happy to announce that all 15 entrepreneurs who are chosen for the Land Accelerator will receive a grant of €3,000 each from the DOEN Foundation. Read more about this exciting development here.

A game-changing event took place in 2018 that breathed new life into old land: the first cohort of the Land Accelerator brought together entrepreneurs from seven countries across Africa. The magic will happen again from September 7-12, 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. The program is free to attend and takes no equity. Each participant will receive a grant of EUR 3,000, and travel costs will be covered.

The Land Accelerator is a highly selective training program and curated network for entrepreneurs who restore degraded forests and farmland. It is anchored by an action-packed 6-day agenda where the cohort meets in person for business education, technical lectures, and a Demo Day where participants pitch to prospective investors. This is the cornerstone of a four-month support package that includes mentoring, networking, and investor introductions.

Here’s a taste of what’s to come.

These are some highlights from the 2018 program:

  • The entrepreneurs have increased confidence in their ability to engage investors, negotiate terms and raise capital. One business received a $50,000 investment based on its improved plan and pitch, while another won a $10,000 cash prize
  • One business has transformed how it works with hundreds of farmers
  • One business pivoted to a new focus. It has since secured two large orders

Hear from last year’s cohort about their experience in this 4-minute video.

What does the 6-day agenda include? We are developing the curriculum for 2019 and will post it here when it’s finalized. These are some topics from last year’s program:

  • Financial modeling and budgeting
  • The realities of funding
  • Managing climate risks
  • Working with smallholder farmers

The Accelerator contributes to African countries’ efforts to bring 100 million hectares of land into restoration through the African Forest Landscapes Restoration Initiative (AFR100) and the Bonn Challenge. There is no fee for the program thanks to the generous support of the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and DOEN Foundation. The participant grants of EUR 3,000 each are sponsored by DOEN Foundation.

Questions or comments? Reach out to Sofia Faruqi.

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