MassChallenge Switzerland recently revealed the lineup of 103 early-stage startups chosen for its 2024 acceleration program, with 9 startups originating from Africa. These selections, comprising the top 8% of global applicants, were scrutinized by over 300 independent experts from the MassChallenge Switzerland Community.

The chosen startups, hailing from 37 countries across five continents, prioritize sustainability and represent diverse industries. They will engage in a 4-month acceleration program categorized into four tracks.

Selected startups in the MassChallenge Switzerland 2024 acceleration program will engage with industry experts, receive mentoring and co-working space, and participate in networking opportunities. The program concludes with an awards ceremony where top startups can win up to CHF 1 million in prize money and other in-kind prizes.

Matt Lashmar, Managing Director of MassChallenge Switzerland, stated, “Congratulations to all the startups in the cohort. This year was our most competitive ever. Now the fun starts, and we can’t wait to start helping these startups connect with our partners and mentors so that they can get feedback on how to improve their business propositions. We hope they go on to grow and add value to our community and society.”

MassChallenge Switzerland Startups 2024 from Africa:

  • AgriMercarb (Ghana): Transforms organic waste into feed, fertilizer, and energy.
  • Baobaby (Togo): Uses local crops to provide safe, affordable, and nutritious alt-protein formulas to combat babies’ malnutrition.
  • eAgro (Zimbabwe): A text-based chatbot assisting small farmers with hyper-localized actionable insights tailored to specific farm situations.
  • ECOACT TANZANIA (Tanzania): Developed a chemical-free technology to convert plastic waste into plastic timbers for building and construction.
  • Ecovon (Ghana): Creates biodegradable building and packaging materials from coconut waste that are safe for people and the planet.
  • Fixa (Rwanda): HR-enabled fintech supporting gig work, empowering businesses to source, manage, pay, and provide financial services to temporary workers.
  • Organic Fields (Kenya): Repurposes food waste from municipal markets to manufacture high-quality organic fertilizer and animal protein using biotech.
  • TileGreen (Egypt): Utilizes green technologies to make concrete-alternative and carbon-negative building materials from low-value plastic waste.
  • Trashcoin (Nigeria): A recycle-tech startup combining sustainability and fin-tech to recover recyclable waste from communities in Africa.

These African startups, alongside their global peers, will benefit from the comprehensive support provided by MassChallenge Switzerland, aiming to drive significant growth and positive impact in their respective fields.

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