Haitian business incubator BANJ has announced that it is seeking to accelerate 6 startups this year. Young enterprises using technology to propel their growth can apply.
The four-month intensive program is designed to train entrepreneurs in a range of functional areas, including product design, business operations, finance, and marketing.
This is the second year in a row BANJ, a Port Au Prince-based business accelerator, is organizing the program. Last year it ran the event in partnership with Google Launchpad. It is not clear whether Google is taking part in the acceleration program this year too.
The selected startups will also get funding, workspace as well as Google cloud credit, in addition to assistance in marketing, the business accelerator stated, according to Haiti Libre. Young entrepreneurs will also receive tools and mentorship from dozens of experienced mentors from Haiti as well as the global Haitian diaspora.
Up until 2017, Google invited startups from third world countries to its Mountain View campus for training. Last year, it began teaming up with local accelerators to incubate emerging enterprises.
Once a startup is accepted into the initiative, experts will assess its problems before pairing it with mentors who will ensure that the startup develops an innovative product.