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The Startup SandBox Program: What is it and How Can I Join?

A few days ago, AfricaHacks launched a Startup Sandbox Program. For people who have been curious about what it entails, this is for you!

What is AfricaHacks Startup Sandbox Program?

AfricaHacks Startup Sandbox Program is a 10-week incubation that brings together people with ideas and projects to fine-tune them into successful startups inside the AfricaHacks innovation platform. The Startup Sandbox Program (SSP) goal is to have thriving entrepreneurs benefit from our products and services at no cost. The program will provide mentorship, an e-learning platform, partners resources, which will help transform these projects providing solutions to problems into profitable startups that will improve communities and create a lasting impact.

How is it different?

With AfricaHacks, you get mentorship, guidance, resources, and investment for free. Of course, there are terms and conditions to be fulfilled before an investment is made available. However, all others are available for free during the program, the only condition is that you apply.

Who can join?

People of all races, tribes, sex, and nationalities within Africa can join. All you need is an idea you’ve been working on or a remarkable project you think the world should see. 

Why should I join?

Mentorship and Guidance

Kicking off a Start-up is not one of the easiest things to do in Africa. However, the program will give you access to all the mentorship and guidance you need on how to establish a startup, make your products or service a household name, secure funding, and build a sustainable business.

Experiment

If you’ve been looking for ways to test run your project and validate it, the Sandbox Program is the right place to do that. You’ll get the chance to try again, make corrections, and have a proper plan before kick-off.

Resources

Hosting your company’s website, getting physical products to build prototypes, and handling management effectively all come at a cost. What if you could have all expenses paid for? AfricaHacks Sandbox Program provides you with all the resources you will need to make your prototypes, test them and send them out. Some of the resources include $10,000 in Cloud Credit, marketing credit, analytics and sales platform credit, storage and database credit.

Growth

Even if your project does not make it to the last stage, you can always be assured of growth and development. Interactions with experienced persons and mentors invested in your growth will help you garner knowledge about what you need to make your project better. 

Investment

One advantage you shouldn’t miss out on is the opportunity to connect with Investors. AfricaHacks provides you the platform you need to connect with top investors. They may not be Y combinator, but they’ll provide you with the funds and leverage you need to start and grow.

How much does it cost?

It costs CONSISTENCY. All participants are expected to participate actively in the program, following the schedule and meeting up with the milestones as at when expected. 

Other than that, it’s FREE

You can join the program here.

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