The Program

Africa FinTech Foundry (AFF) is an Access Bank initiative that aims to nurture, fund, and accelerate the growth of FinTech startups in Africa through its mentorship and accelerator programmes

This phase forces your startup to justify assumptions, prove market viability and build a clear proposition.

This phase focuses on refining your product, planning your finance and implementing a go-to-market strategy.

This phase pulls together all the elements and gets your startup investment-ready.

What We Offer

During the program, you’ll be based in our beautifully designed co-working space at the Hive. Over the course of the program, we will provide the below.
  • Access to market across Access bank’s customers and subsidiaries.
  • 12 weeks of formal and informal mentorship from established founders, Access bank leaders, investors and pioneers in various industries.
  • Strategic introductions to industry-specific investors.
  • $25,000 worth of services per start-up (Mentorship, Valuation, Marketing and PR spend, Workspace).
  • Discounted cloud services/hardware and software subscriptions from our tech partners.


AFF runs two cohorts. The first cohort runs from January till April and the second cohort runs from August till November.

It is not mandatory to be at the co-working facility for the entire program. However, attendance is mandatory for all workshops and mentoring sessions. You will maximize the benefits of our program if you attend in person.

No, many will be world-class entrepreneurs and acclaimed business leaders from outside the organization.

You will have to give us full disclosure on any relationship with other venture capitals.

On the last day of the program, start-ups will be given the opportunity to pitch their idea and demo their product to technology investors, potential partners and leaders.

You retain full ownership of your IP but we reserve the right to use your logo or idea in our public relations.

No, there is no direct funding from AFF. We do however offer you several opportunities to pitch to our network of VCs for investment.

Be the Next Unicorn

Indicate your interest to join the next AFF Accelerator program.