Vodacom Digital Accelerator

November 30, 2019

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Location (s):

  • Tanzania


Our program will support early- stage and growth-stage technology startups with disruptive products & services that have potential to be brought into the market and scale into profitable, revenue-generating businesses.


Vodacom Digital Accelerator is a program that seeks start-ups that have innovative solutions and provides facilitation to take these businesses to the next level.

The startups will have access to mentorship, co-working space, hosting assistance, Vodacom and Smart Codes staff advisors and business development trainings.

Vodacom Tanzania is looking for startups that have innovative solutions for Fintech, E-commerce, Telecom, Health, Mobile, Education, Agriculture and Media.

Area of Focus

Our acceleration programs will focus on the listed operating sectors in the tech field.

  • Telecoms
  • Health
  • Mobile
  • Fintech
  • Media
  • Education
  • E-Commerce
  • Agriculture


Steps for accelerating in the Digital Innovators Program:

  • Application: Online applications will be opened to Startups.
  • Selection: Applications will be reviewed based on the criteria set and the top 20 startups will be selected for acceleration.
  • Acceleration: Selected startups will go on an acceleration program by Smart Lab.

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:


We are excited about Startups that incorporate technology to solve market-relevant problems backed by committed founders.

  1. Minimum Viable Product (MVP): Applicants should have at least a functioning version of their product/service.
  2. Involve technology: Should ideally be using technology or plan to incorporate technology into their product/service.
  3. Africa focused: Startups should be working on solutions to relevant problems in the African context.
  4. Scalable: Products/services should have potential for scale reaching many users or generating high revenues in the future.


Deadline: November 30, 2019

Cost/funding for participants:

What do you stand to gain?

  • Sponsorship: Vodacom will provide sponsors for the selected applicants who will act as mentors for the candidates.
  • Vodacom Foundation Projects: The start-ups will have access to a segment of Vodacom’s wide reaching active customer base for product testing.
  • Technical support: Startups in the program will receive technical support in terms of hosting, software development, advisory, and integration.
  • Partnering in Corporate Social Responsibility: Startups with a social responsibility focus in health, education, financial inclusion or human resources can utilize their product /platform to support ongoing.
  • Mpesa for Business Services: Monetary transactions and collections made on behalf of our incubated startups (for work related purposes) will be exclusively be done via Vodacom M-Pesa.
  • Follow-on investment for Growth: Startups that do well in the program will receive follow-on investment to rapidly grow their startup across the country and in Africa.
  • Go to market strategy: Startups will receive help crafting their go to market strategies, growth strategies, and marketing strategies.
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