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Here we are, almost through the first month of 2021 – a brand new year, with brand new opportunities and we at Akro, are very excited to watch this year unfold.

During the last quarter of 2020 Akro completed our first completely online and digital Township Tech Accelerator.  We are pleased to say that it was a resounding success. For more information on the Akro Accelerator program please click HERE

We started the Accelerator with 30 cohorts and more than 60 Founder members.  After rigorous evaluation, we chose the Top 10 to go forward to present their offering to our partners, Imvelo Ventures. A last-minute “Wild Card” entry was added to the Top Cohorts in the final week of the program.

IT’S CLEAR – South African Township Entrepreneurs have LOADS to offer.

Our partners, Imvelo Ventures, offered three R100 000 cash investment prizes to the Top 3 Cohorts of 2020.  However, they were so impressed with what they saw they awarded a fourth grant prize of R100 000 at the Final Demo Day.

The Top 10 Finalists were: 

Thrift Online (Pty) Ltd
Betterfly Effect (Pty) Ltd/Nandi App
Ki-Agua (Pty) Ltd
Mifano Ya Mvua Investments
SkyHigh Innovations
Sugar Insure
Thorough Capital (Pty) Ltd
RPA Nuggets
Energy Efficiency  – WILD CARD ENTRY

A copy of their BIO’s can be viewed HERE

The Top 4 Investment Beneficiaries were

Sugar.Insure – Insuring shack dwellers for under R250 a year
Thrift Online – A social commerce platform for the Spaza Shops in the Township allowing customers to order online.
Nandi App – An e-learning platform
Mifano Ya Mvua Investments – A digital company valuing and certifying ownership of livestock owned by rural farmers.

In closing, we would welcome an opportunity to showcase AKRO and our Township Accelerator Cohorts on your platform.

Please contact Janine Basel via email at for more information on any of our programmes and to set up an interview.

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