Jamlab Accelerator Programme 2023 for Media and Journalism Innovators in Africa

Apply to join the Jamlab Accelerator Programme (JAP) in sub-Saharan Africa, our six-month hothouse for journalism and media innovators. The programme offers a unique opportunity to fast-track your initiative, providing you with the tools, facilities, contacts, and support necessary to convert your ideas and ambitions into a commercially viable venture or product.

Twenty-nine (29) teams have taken part in six iterations of the programme, with six of them succeeding in securing additional investment immediately after the programme. The programme will run from June to November 2023.

What We Are Looking For

We are looking for committed and creative journalists and media makers who are passionate about fixing what isn’t working in sub-Saharan African media. We are looking for startups that want to create innovative products or services to serve new audiences or bring new conversations or ideas to the public.

We welcome applications from ALL countries across Africa.

PLEASE NOTE: Successful startups will need a steady internet connection and a good command of speaking and writing in English.

What You Will Get

The six teams selected will receive the following:

  1. Virtual mentorship and coaching from experienced media, startup and tech experts and entrepreneurs.
  2. Free places on a three-month Media Entrepreneurship course offered by Wits Centre for Journalism.
  3. Access to a technical support development team.
  4. Opportunities to pitch to potential investors, funders, and various stakeholders with an MVP (minimum viable product)
  5. .Access to a network which includes, but is not limited to, Programme Alumni.

See our list of recent monthly opportunities you can apply for

Application Process

The deadline for applications is Friday 19 May 2023.

Visit Jamlap Accelerator Program for more information and how to apply

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