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Facebook, CcHUB Kick starts Season 2 of FbStart Accelerator

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… Extends Opportunity To Ghanaian Innovators

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The second season of FbStart Accelerator, organized by social media giant, Facebook and Nigeria’s pioneer innovation hub, Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) has kicked off with the portal opening for acceptance of applications from innovators.

However, this year’s programme which applications closes on 30th of June, 2019, is made special as it is now open for Ghanaian innovators also.

The programme, which is designed to help innovators grow, accepts applications from solution builders in advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Data Science & Extended Reality.

As a renewal of its commitment in supporting young innovators and entrepreneurs across Africa, Facebook successfully launched the programme in 2018, which saw 15 startup and student teams graduate on April 12th 2019. As at end of April 2019, the graduating teams had cumulatively raised $400,000+ in investments and grants.

FbStart Accelerator Season 2 will be made up of 12 student and startup teams receiving up to $20,000 in equity-funding, one-on-one mentorship from Facebook & CcHUB, access to corporates, industry experts, $16,000 in product credits and more.

Enthusing on the success of the 2019 edition, Startups and Developer Programs Manager at Facebook, Kendra Nnachi said: “We’re delighted to be bringing back the FbStart Accelerator programme to Nigeria for the second year, and now expanding this to applicants from Ghana. Given our passion for connecting people and helping developers and entrepreneurs to thrive, we can’t wait to see how this year’s cohort develop and build solutions and technology to engage and empower people across Nigeria, Ghana and potentially the continent.”

Also speaking, Chief Executive Officer, CcHUB, Bosun Tijani disclosed that by renewing partnership with Facebook, CcHUB would continue to deepen adoption of advanced technologies across Africa and inspire the next generation of innovators to compete globally. He further chipped in: “We are thrilled to be renewing our support to innovators who are building the future of Africa today.”

Commenting on the impact of the program, one of the founders in the 2018 cohort and CEO of DeepQuestAI, Moses Olafenwa noted that the FbStart Accelerator program has incredibly transformed his team from aspiring innovators to world-class solution creators. “Our team had the best possible support from some of the most diligent tech facilitators in addition to the immense financial and infrastructural support we got.”

Like in 2018, Facebook, CcHUB and partner hubs will also hold roadshow events in 10 states across the country, aimed at enlightening students and entrepreneurs about deep-tech, whilst encouraging them to build solutions with advanced technologies and promote the program.

Interested teams for the Season 2 of FbStart Accelerator programme can apply via www.cchubnigeria.com/fbstart.

… Extends Opportunity To Ghanaian Innovators

The second season of FbStart Accelerator, organized by social media giant, Facebook and Nigeria’s pioneer innovation hub, Co-Creation Hub (CcHUB) has kicked off with the portal opening for acceptance of applications from innovators.

However, this year’s programme which applications closes on 30th of June, 2019, is made special as it is now open for Ghanaian innovators also.

The programme, which is designed to help innovators grow, accepts applications from solution builders in advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Data Science & Extended Reality.

As a renewal of its commitment in supporting young innovators and entrepreneurs across Africa, Facebook successfully launched the programme in 2018, which saw 15 startup and student teams graduate on April 12th 2019. As at end of April 2019, the graduating teams had cumulatively raised $400,000+ in investments and grants.

FbStart Accelerator Season 2 will be made up of 12 student and startup teams receiving up to $20,000 in equity-funding, one-on-one mentorship from Facebook & CcHUB, access to corporates, industry experts, $16,000 in product credits and more.

Enthusing on the success of the 2019 edition, Startups and Developer Programs Manager at Facebook, Kendra Nnachi said: “We’re delighted to be bringing back the FbStart Accelerator programme to Nigeria for the second year, and now expanding this to applicants from Ghana. Given our passion for connecting people and helping developers and entrepreneurs to thrive, we can’t wait to see how this year’s cohort develop and build solutions and technology to engage and empower people across Nigeria, Ghana and potentially the continent.”

Also speaking, Chief Executive Officer, CcHUB, Bosun Tijani disclosed that by renewing partnership with Facebook, CcHUB would continue to deepen adoption of advanced technologies across Africa and inspire the next generation of innovators to compete globally. He further chipped in: “We are thrilled to be renewing our support to innovators who are building the future of Africa today.”

Commenting on the impact of the program, one of the founders in the 2018 cohort and CEO of DeepQuestAI, Moses Olafenwa noted that the FbStart Accelerator program has incredibly transformed his team from aspiring innovators to world-class solution creators. “Our team had the best possible support from some of the most diligent tech facilitators in addition to the immense financial and infrastructural support we got.”

Like in 2018, Facebook, CcHUB and partner hubs will also hold roadshow events in 10 states across the country, aimed at enlightening students and entrepreneurs about deep-tech, whilst encouraging them to build solutions with advanced technologies and promote the program.

Interested teams for the Season 2 of FbStart Accelerator programme can apply via www.cchubnigeria.com/fbstart.

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