Village Capital, an Africa-focused fund for early stage startups, and Kenya’s makerspace, Gearbox are collaborating to host a hardware focused accelerator program for African hardware startups.

Disrupt Africa reports that twelve hardware startups will be accepted into the program, out of which two startups will be selected as overall winners. The top two startups will be chosen by their peers and will both get $50,000 in investment each.

The organisers indicated that they are looking out for inventions that improve access to energy, and improve agricultural productivity for small scale farmers.

The hardware accelerator program runs in three batches of four-day sessions between October and February in Kenya. Participating startups will get exposure to potential customers,  investors, feedback from their peers and insight from industry experts to help scale their projects.

The hardware accelerator is organized in association with Lemelson Foundation, the Doen Foundation, SGII, and VC4Africa.

Applications close by September 7, 2015. Interested participants can apply here.

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Lulu Fadoju Author

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