An initiative of Access Bank, Africa FinTech Foundry (AFF) was developed with a goal to nurture, fund, and help fintech startups scale in Africa through its mentorship and accelerator programmes. Startups are supported to conceptualise sustainable solutions to the market, making financial accessibility seamless.

The AFF Accelerator Programme, which is categorised into three phases, will enable emerging digital technology innovators work together, exceeding their potential.

Supervised by mentors and coaches, the first phase, which is the design phase, requires each startup to build a clear proposition, justify their ideas and proof market viability. The second phase includes product refining, finance planning and implementing a go-to-market strategy. In the final stage, Lawyers, Accountants and Pitch-trainers will be brought in to ensure each team has the correct skills and materials to pitch for and receive investment.


  • ₦1 million cash prize
  • Access to partnerships with Access Bank and Lagos state
  • $25,000 worth of services per startup
  • Connection to expert facilitators and investors 
  • 12-week formal and informal training and an opportunity to demo at AFF’s next conference
  • Discounted cloud services/ hardware and software subscriptions
  • Access to Access Bank’s customers and subsidiary companies


To be eligible for the programme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a technology-enabled solution
  • You must have clear monetisation strategies
  • You must solve problems for specific target customers
  • You must have a cross-functional team with a deep understanding of the market — which include a technical lead and founder(s) that are fully committed to the business
  • You must have a defensible position (IP, network effects, domain or region expertise)
  • You must have a functional prototype with early traction – Been in operations (since launch date) for at least 6 months
  • You must be highly scalable (via digital distribution or ability to scale sales)
  • You must have the potential to address global markets
  • You must have a defensible position (IP, network effects, domain or region expertise)
  • You must offer a unique solution or unique application in a regional setting

How to apply

Are you a fintech startup with innovative ideas? Participate in the AFF Accelerator programme to scale. Application closes on Sunday, January 31, 2021.

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