What Are We Addressing?

What Are We

The increase in urban population in African cities has resulted to diversification and an upsurge in transport needs. Both public transport and private car use have drastically risen resulting to road congestion and air pollution. This nonetheless, provides a huge opportunity to provide transformative urban mobility solutions that can offer more travel options, reduce the travel time, cost and risk, and provide comfort for its users.

Innovating for Mobility

Africa Transformative Mobility Accelerator (ATMA) admitted 8 startups for the 2020/2021 cohort. The priority countries were Kenya and Uganda. Through a competitive process, the program aimed to admit transformative, practical, well researched and possibly tested solutions to urban mobility challenges in African Cities.

During the six-month acceleration period, the startups will benefit in several ways, including but not limited to:

Participate in four startup immersion trips in East Africa (Kenya and Uganda for the 2020/2021 cohort)

Receive coaching and mentorship from local and international mobility and enterprise development experts

Network with mobility stakeholders, practitioners and enthusiasts in four separate sessions that will be organized in Nairobi and Kampala between November 2020 and March 2021

Attend a series of planned seminars that will be facilitated by subject matter experts in relevant topics such as mobility; value proposition design & problem solution fit; business modeling & product/service market fit; customer acquisition; financial modeling and investor relations

Pitch their solutions to a selected and curated pool of investors during the Africa Transformative Mobility Summit on 28th May 2021 in Nairobi, Kenya

Receive a grant of up to $25,000 for the top startups during the mobility summit on 28th May 2021

Selected Startups

These eight startups were selected as part of the 2020/2021 cohort

1. Addressing access to sustainable mobility in the informal transport sector and working towards provision of a transformative solution to an urban mobility challenge
2. Operating in Kenya and/or Uganda
3. Must have a demonstrable product or service (Minimum Viable Product, MVP)
4. Be able to present an innovative and scalable solution to a well-articulated challenge
5. Preferably not older than 3 years since incorporation date (up for discussion)
6. Demonstrate ability to generate revenue
7. Have at least two members of the team
8. Have at least one member working full time (or have a clear pathway to this goal)
9. Be for profit
10. Be in early Stage/Seed, pre-series A

ATMA Timeline

The dates indicated on the timeline may not represent actual dates of related activites*

09 Mar - 30 Apr 2020

Startups submit their application with accurate and updated information to get them ahead in the game

01 May - 30 Aug 2020

Through an intensive and rigorous process the top startups get selected by a jury of select industry experts

Launch of Accelerator
Virtual : 12 Oct 2020

An official kick off to set the Accelerator in motion

Immersion I
Virtual : 19 - 20 Nov 2020

Network, co-create, collaborate. Explore regional mobility ecosystems. Mentorship sessions. Stakeholder engagement.

Immersion II
Virtual : 14 - 15 Jan 2021

Network, co-create, collaborate. Explore regional mobility ecosystems. Mentorship sessions. Stakeholder engagement.


Immersion III
Nairobi : 25 - 26 Feb 2021

Immerse into Kenya's mobility ecosystem. Midway pitches and startup analysis. Seminars and stakeholder engagement.

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Immersion IV
Kampala : 25 - 26 Mar 2021

Immerse into Uganda's mobility ecosystem. Startup analysis. Seminars and stakeholder engagement.

Mobility Summit
28 May 2021

Attend, pitch and exhibit at the Africa Mobility Summit 2021.

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