Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in partnership with The Innovation VillageHive Colab, and Outbox, invite high growth startups to apply for the NINJA accelerator program. The three-month pilot program aims to address critical challenges to support and strengthen Uganda’s startup ecosystem. The program will also provide startups with investment opportunities, assist them in shaping their business models, and offer unique business profitability and expansion solutions.


Why should you join the program?

Joining the program will enable your enterprise to move to the next level of development through accessing the following:

  • Advisory services from industry experts to help you address critical bottlenecks
  • Business support on product development and how to understand sector issues
  • Mentorship sessions in areas such as marketing, legal issues, and business strategy
  • An opportunity to pitch your business to various investment partners
  • Executive networking events with corporate partners
  • Funding opportunities for growth-stage startups looking for UGX 1.76 billion to UGX 3.52 trillion in investment


Who can apply?

The program is open to startups with high market traction that meet the following criteria:

  • Legally registered startup in Uganda
  • Have been in operation for at least one year
  • Should be at the growth stage of development, ideas are not accepted
  • Earning above UGX 176 million per year in revenue, although exceptions apply
  • Have audited / management books of accounts of the business
  • Have an economically viable business model
  • Demonstrate a strong promise of building a sustainable and impactful business
  • Possess a diverse and focused leadership team with at least one team member with strong sector expertise


How to apply

Eligible startups can apply here.

Application deadline: 22nd August 2021

For more information, visit Ninja Jica.