Bridge To MassChallenge Benin 2022

Bridge to MassChallenge Benin is a national startup competition in partnership with Zeleus that identifies and accelerates the top startups in Benin, Western Africa, while connecting them to the MassChallenge global network

Bridge to MassChallenge Benin is a national startup competition in partnership with Zeleus that identifies and accelerates the top startups in Benin while connecting them to the MassChallenge global network. The program is focused on supporting early-stage startups across all industries that are based in Benin and interested in growing their business in the Beninese market and beyond.  

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Join us for a virtual Info-Session
October 19, 2022 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM WAT / 9:00 - 10:00 AM ET
Join the Bridge to MassChallenge Benin team and learn how this program will accelerate your startup with a candid conversation and live Q&A!

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Who We Are

Bridge to MassChallenge Benin will identify and accelerate top startups that are based in Benin and interested in growing their business in the global market. All startups which are accepted into the program will participate in local training which will help them develop their businesses and marketing their initiatives. Startups selected for the program will participate in a MassChallenge-led virtual startup bootcamp followed by a pitch competition that will determine the top Bridge to MassChallenge Benin startups. The top startups will participate in a second and third week-long bootcamps where they’ll have access to the MassChallenge Switzerland and Boston ecosystems respectively. Applications for eligible startups are now open and deadline for the application has now been extended to October 31, 2022

This program targets innovative startups operating across all industries. Startups looking to apply must be operating and be based in Benin. The program also aims to create a robust ecosystem to promote accountability and continuous quality improvement. 

Who Can Participate?

We look for entrepreneurs who want to take their businesses to the next level. 

We accept applications from early-stage and growth-stage startups from all over Benin and across any industry. We’re looking for Beninese startups who want to grow locally while having global access to the MassChallenge network. 

Startups must: 

  • Demonstrate product/market fit 
  • Have a skilled and experienced team 
  • Have at least one team member who is conversant in English 
  • Be located in Benin and aspire to grow and scale within the Benin ecosystem and internationally 
  • Have raised less than ~$1M in equity-based funding and generated less than ~$2M in revenue in the last 12 months 

What’s in it for startups?

Top startups will be selected to participate in an intensive, 4-month program that encompasses both online and in-person portions, where startups develop and implement bespoke project plans to further their localization journeys and get exposed to prominent global markets.  Acceptance into the program will be judged by a panel of experts, and will be at the sole discretion of the  Bridge to MassChallenge team. 

Startups will also receive:  

  • Tailored mentoring and coaching offered by Zeleus and other local mentors, access to local and global mentors of the MassChallenge network, as well as mentors from the Benin entrepreneurial ecosystem  
  • Tailored curriculum based on startups' specific needs 
  • Top startups will have the opportunity to participate in week-long immersive innovation ecosystem and boot camps in Lausanne, Switzerland and Boston, USA 
  • Potential investment funding opportunities by facilitating connections to investors and a private demo-day  
  • Access to the MassChallenge global network 

Submit your Application by
October 31, 2022 at 11:59PM WAT


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How to Apply

  1. Go to this page
  2. Register
  3. Check your inbox and activate your account
  4. Create a new startup profile
  5. Apply to the Bridge to MassChallenge Benin 2022 program
  6. Complete and submit your application

About Bridge to MassChallenge 

Bridge to MassChallenge strengthens innovation ecosystems and drives the creation of high-quality jobs by supporting entrepreneurs and connecting them to MassChallenge’s global network. The program collaborates with local entities to understand the potential and strategic value of their unique ecosystem, empowers them to build their own innovation communities, and connects them to global markets. 

About MassChallenge 

MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity startup accelerators. Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland and Texas, MassChallenge is committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting high-potential startups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. To date, more than 2,300 MassChallenge alumni have raised more than $5 billion in funding, generated more than $2.7 billion in revenue and created more than 136,000 total jobs. Learn more about MassChallenge at masschallenge.org

About Zeleus

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Zeleus was founded with the goal of empowering professionals and propelling entrepreneurs as they work to build successful careers and businesses. Zeleus uses a combination of powerful technology and human experts to help guide professionals throughout their careers. Zeleus also trains entrepreneurs as they launch their companies so they can be well-positioned for lifelong success throughout the world.  https://zeleus.com/