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The Land Accelerator 2020 Africa Program

Updated on May 29, 2020 492 views
The Land Accelerator 2020 Africa Program


The Land Accelerator is an exciting four-month program and curated network for entrepreneurs who restore degraded forests and farmland. It is anchored by an intensive week-long workshop when the cohort meets in person. There is no fee to join, and the program does not take equity.


  • You are working to improve a degraded landscape in Africa, Latin America or South Asia through a business approach.  This includes climate-smart agriculture, sustainable forestry, reforestation, non-timber forest products, and similar activities
  • You are interested in raising money for your venture
  • You want to learn fast, both in the classroom and by connecting with mentors and other entrepreneurs

World Resources Institute, Sangam Ventures, and the IKEA Foundation combined forces to launch the Land Accelerator South Asia on Wed. Jan 29. The launch featured speakers from all three partner organizations as they shared the opportunity and tips for applying for the Land Accelerator with entrepreneurs around South Asia.

Covered in the below video and PowerPoint presentation are topics such as evaluation criteria for the applicants, eligibility criteria, live Q&A from the audience, the goals of the Land Accelerator, and the timeline for the program.

The Land Accelerator trains and supports entrepreneurs whose companies restore degraded farms and forests by planting trees, boosting crop yields, and introducing innovative technologies. By fostering entrepreneurship, this first-of-its-kind program provides a cost-effective approach to restore – and develop – rural areas across South Asia.

Entrepreneurs will receive the following benefits through participating in the Land Accelerator:

  • Be mentored by international experts,
  • Join a cohort of like-minded entrepreneurs from across South Asia,
  • Learn how to present their business to investors
  • Receive a €3,000 grant to kickstart their company.


Application Link

Further Details about the Accelerator

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