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Investment Drive

Applications for the

1st cohort have closed.


December 19th 2022,

Applications close and 8 startups are selected. 

Investment accelerator,

Defining investment fit

Pitch refinement

Intro to Japanese venture space


January 31st 2023,

Demo day 

Investor intros

Follow-up engagements



About JAID 

Bringing Japanese funding closer to African Startups.

The Japan-Africa Investment Drive is a cohort-based investment accelerator that aims to “clinically” match high-potential African startups with suitable Japanese VCs and provide close support to both the startup and the investor throughout the engagement to maximize the prospect of investment.


Bridging the startup Investment gap


African Startups to be selected and supported for fundraising


up to 15 active Japanese investors expected to participate


Months of intense engagements between Investors and startups

Why your
should join !

1. Potential direct Investment


8 selected startups will be considered for direct investment from our partner venture capital firm Japan strategic Capital (JSC) co.,

2. Warm intros 

Selected startups will be introduced to a curated list of more than 15 Japanese VCs. Close support will also be provided during the engagement with investors, from scheduling meetings to translating pitch decks and proving translators during meetings with the investor.

3. Fundraising support

Selected startups will be provided with comprehensive legal, cultural and administrative support throughout the fundraising process. Tailored (1-on-1) training and group seminars will also be provided on how to attract and close Japanese investment.

Are you fundraising? 


Apply to join our first cohort !

We are in great company!

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