ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME

The Jamlab Accelerator is a six-month hothouse programme for early-stage journalism and media start-ups. It provides teams with the tools, facilities, contacts, and support necessary to raalise their ideas and ambitions.

The programme focuses on journalism and media innovations with pontential to transform information, concersation and public space.

ACCELERATOR IN NUMBERS

Since inception in 2017, we held three successful accelerator cohorts of South African teams only. In 2020 we held our first regional virtual programme with teams from southern African countries such as Angola, Botswana, Madagascar, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe and eSwantini.

TEAMS

ACCELERATED

WOMEN-LED

STARTUPS

TEAMS RECEIEVED

EXTERNAL FUNDING

WHAT WE

ARE LOOKING FOR

We are looking for committed and creative journalists and media makers who are passionate about fixing what isn’t working in southern African media, who want to create new media to serve new audiences, or bring new conversations of ideas to the public

WHAT DO YOU GET

Mentorship and coaching

from experienced media, start-up and tech experts and entrepreneurs.

Free places on a

three-month media entrepreneurship course.

Free workspace at the

Tshimologong Precinct co-working space.

Access to

technical support development team.

Opportunities to pitch to

potential investors, funders and various stakeholders with a MVP (minimum viable product).

Access to network,

which includes but not limited to Programme Alumni.

TIMELINE 2020 – 2021

Please note that the dates below are for the previous call for applications. New dates will be confirmed soon.

2 Jul

2020

CALL FOR
APPLICATIOINS

Accelerator open call for applications from startups in southern africa.

2 Aug

2020

DEADLINE FOR
APPLICATIONS

Submission deadline for applications is 17:00 (Central African Time).

10 Aug

2020

SUCCESSFUL
APPLICATIONS

Application shortlisted and successful Applicants notified.

1 Sep

2020

JAP SOUTHERN
AFRICA BEGINS

First day of induction.

26 Feb

2021

PROGRAMME ENDS

This is the last day of the six month programme.

OUR

STARTUPS

The Journalism and Media Lab (Jamlab) is a project of Wits Journalism and the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct.

Jamlab aims to support more and better innovation in journalism and media in Africa.

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DEMO DAY

Missed the previous Jamlab Demo Day? Watch presentations from our most recent graduating cohort.

FAQS

Below you’ll find answers to the questions we get asked the most about the accelerator programme

1. Who should apply?

Innovators with a great idea and the commitment to create and sustain a new journalism or media venture.

2. What counts as 'journalism and media'?

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3. What counts as innovation?

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4. Do I need to be an entrepreneur to apply?

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5. Can I apply if I am a full-time student?

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6. Can I apply if I have already received funding from another organisation?

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7. Which countries in Africa are eligible to apply?

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8. I have a great idea and the commitment to do this but I can’t support myself for six months while I work on developing it on the Fellowship. Can you help?

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9. Who is organising the programme?

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TESTIMONIALS

WHAT OUR ALUMNI ARE SAYING

Alumni Testimonials

Jocelyn Nyaguse

“My Jamlab experience reinforced my mission to transform the startup landscape through storytelling.I enjoyed connecting with like-minded people and most importantly, learning how to be a better Storyteller.”

Jocelyn Nyaguse,

founder of Impact Chronicles (Jamlab Alumna - Zimbabwe 2020)

Simonia Mashangoane

The impact Jamlab has on media entrepreneurs who go through the acceleration programme is impressive. As one of those entrepreneurs, I know that our company would have struggled to go beyond concept stage without assistance. In order to survive we needed an accelerator project that understood our context, firstly as women in media and secondly the context within which our business existed. The Accelerator programme met us at our point of need.

Simonia Mashangoane,

co-founder of Jabari Consulting Agency (Jamlab Alumna - South Africa, 2020)

Liesl Pretorius

Starting something during a pandemic can be isolating. I’m grateful to the Jamlab programme for giving me access to a supportive community of fellow entrepreneurs when I most needed it. Highly recommended.

Liesl Pretorius,

founder of Answerable (Jamlab Alumna - South Africa, 2020)

Nicholas Wightman

‘The Accelerator programme was an invigorating programme that challenged us to examine our assumptions about business. We were inspired by the work out digital media entrepreneurs in our group were pursuing and are now thinking much more strategically about our project’s growth.’

Nicholas Wightman,

co-founder of Greenspace Zambia (Jamlab Alumnus - Zambia, 2020)

Zedilson Almedia

“The program was crucial to us. It allowed us to focus on the basics and rework and revamp our product and roadmap, resulting on a great reduction of the time-to-market of our artificial intelligence based fact-checking solution.”

Zedilson Almedia,

founder of Manifexto (Jamlab Alumnus - Angola, 2020)

Kathy Magrobi

“Another plus from Jamlab was the push towards developing a dashboard of metrics; at the end of the programme QW+ can report that journalists have interacted with our database over 600 times.”

Kathy Magrobi,

founder of Quote This Woman+ (Jamlab Alumna, 2019)

Sibusiso Manenetsa

Being part of the Jamlab Accelerator and Tshimologong community is definitely a major milestone. We just spent 6 months learning from, and listening to, some of the best in the journalism and media space. What a humbling experience which I hope to share with as many people as I can.”

Sibusiso Manenetsa,

co-founder and director at Credipple (Jamlab Alumnus, 2019)

Clifford Machingaifa

“The Jamlab Accelerator Programme has helped us to hone the entrepreneurship skill necessary to grow and run a sustainable business, allowing us to focus our energies on only what is truly important for our success.”

Clifford Machingaifa

co-founder, at African Tech Round-up (Jamlab Alumnus, 2017)

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