Startup Opportunities in 2020 for African Entrepreneurs

Getting an opportunity to fund your startup or enrolling in an accelerator might be challenging as an African Entrepreneur, but now we’ve been able to get you some of the best and still open opportunities you can apply for today. We’ve collected a few options here and we recommend you to check them ALL out as some deadlines are approaching soon. 

Also, despite the fact some of them are based in certain countries, they accept applications from startups based in other regions or from all over the world.

SparkHub is focused on helping student startups get the right tools, resources, and opportunities to grow.


Online Seedstars World Competition 2020/21

Seedstars is now extending the deadline for startup applications for a chance to compete for the Global Winner prize and US$500K in investment.

Deadline: August 15, 2020.


They are accepting applications from startups for the Winter 2021 funding cycle. It will take place from January–March 2021.

Deadline: September 23, 2020.


Applications are open now for nine Techstars accelerators. These are programs that will take place in 2021, Term 1.

Deadline: October 11, 2020.


Applications for the Fall cohort are now open while they monitor the evolution of the situation and will prepare to resume our sessions in the Fall

Deadline: “Until you hear from us, no final decision has been made.”

500 Startups – Flagship SF Accelerator

Applications are welcome on a rolling basis, for the opportunity of a $150,000 investment and a full program focused on growth and scaling.

Deadline: Apply 365 days.


Startups can begin Dreamit any month, but the program has key dates you may want to consider.

Deadline: Apply 365 days.


They use a competition model to select startups to participate in the program or programs the companies would like to join.

Deadline: Apply 365 days.


This is another one of our startup accelerator deadlines for 2020. Antler’s applications are still open and the programs either being conducted virtually, in person, or a hybrid version of the two in line with local restrictions.

Deadline: Apply 365 days.




The accelerator is accepting applications to help pre-seed startups advance in three phases.

Deadline: August 14, 2020.


Applications are open for Batch#7 (October 2020 to March 2021).

Deadline: August 16, 2020.


Health2B Business Accelerator is currently accepting applications for 2020.

Deadline: August 18th, 2020.

EIC Accelerator

The EIC Accelerator is a continuously open call with regular cut-offs. Another one of our suggested startup accelerator deadlines for 2020 to consider.

Deadline: October 7, 2020.




Applications are open for Batch 16 and the process can be done in English.

Deadline: August 14, 2020.

The Yield Lab

They are currently accepting applications for the 2020 fall cycle.

Deadline: August 28, 2020.


Applications for 2020 cohorts are still open. 

Deadline: Apply 365 days.


The program for Batch 18 will start in early September 2020 and the application deadline expires soon.

Deadline: Apply 365 days or before August 10, 2020, if you want to be a part of the next batch.

SOW Asia

Focused on social entrepreneurship based in Hong Kong.

Deadline: Apply 365 days.

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