Vodacom Digital Accelerator 2022 Apply now. Vodacom Digital Accelerator reached 500+ local technology startups and over 377 million TZS generated in startups revenue and more through investment in last year’s program season. This season, the accelerators will support startup founders from more regions in Tanzania to navigate obstacles, raise funding and get mentorship from industry-leading experts from Vodacom.

Season 2 of the accelerator will support early-stage and growth-stage technology startups with disruptive products and services that have the potential to be brought into the market. The accelerator will take startup founders through a series of expert training, mentorship, and technical support. It will provide access to tools and funding that will empower them to grow into profitable, revenue-generating businesses.

Vodacom Digital Accelerator 2022 Apply now

Vodacom Digital Accelerator 2022

Vodacom Digital Accelerator 2022


This program seeks start-ups that have innovative solutions and provides facilitation to take these businesses to the next level.

In 2019, Smart Codes and Vodacom had a vision for a program aimed at engaging startups that could solve key challenges faced in Tanzania through digital solutions. The companies wanted to work with local technology startups in Fintech, Edutech, Healthtech, Agriculture, Entertainment, Tourism, Cybersecurity and E-commerce sectors so as to explore digital transformation opportunities and more importantly contribute to empowering young Tanzanians with innovative solutions to create jobs and solve societal problems.

The program was built to help those startups validate their solution through Smart Codes and Vodacom operations and if successful, scale the solution into the Tanzanian market. In addition, the program offered expert training, mentorship programs, access to tools and funding. Collaboration is key as no one company can solve today’s economic challenges alone. Together the two companies can support the growth of quality startups in Tanzania, to create a better, more sustainable world and a new way of doing business.


This program is open to youth-led technology startups within Tanzania. The accelerator program is best suited for Seed to Series A revenue-generating tech startups that will have headquarters in Tanzania. Selected startups should be formally registered businesses with their founder and appropriate team members available to join this cohort’s program elements. Other specific requirements include;

  1. You should be 18 and above.
  2. Startups should demonstrate traction, ideally between Seed and Series A stages in the Tanzanian market.
  3. You should be building a scalable product or service with a significant total addressable market and a defensible growth model.
  4. Startups should be serving the fintech, edutech, healthtech, entertainment, tourism, agriculture, cybersecurity and e-commerce sectors.

How do I participate in this program?

 Online applications open to Startups, the applications will be reviewed based on the criteria set, and the top 15 startups will be selected for acceleration.

When do applications begin?

Applications for the 2022 cohort were open from 25th April and closed on 30th June.

How do I apply?

You submit your application by clicking the apply now button and filling in the form that will appear before 30th June.


Benefits of this Program

Vodacom Digital Accelerator supports the visions of startups. Season two will offer founders full autonomy and control of the roadmap of their startups. It also aims to motivate and fast-track startup founders’ ability to generate sustainable startups through virtual and physical acceleration and validation activities.

  1. Equity free funding and follow-on investment
  2. Access to M-PESA for Business services
  3. Access to industry experts
  4. Access to training and tools
  5. Regulatory and compliance support
  6. Technology support
  7. Go to market strategy

Have more questions?

If there are any further questions you have not covered by our FAQ section, contact us through;

Email; ideas@smartlab.co.tz
Social Media; @SmartLab255

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