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Merck Accelerator, the Satellite Program for African Startups

In its efforts to widen and open new channels for collaborating with startups across the African continent, the Merck Accelerator is establishing a diverse startup network across the continent.

Their target group is early-stage startups located in East, West, and Southern Africa that present innovative solutions aligned with our focus areas of healthcare, life science, performance materials, and other business fields such as bio-interfaces and agri-tech. The Merck Accelerator Satellite Program involves a series of pitch events and hackathons hosted alongside various partners in Kenya, South Africa, and Nigeria.

The Merck Accelerator’s East African Satellite Program

Are you an early stage start-up based in East Africa? Are you working at the cutting edge of innovation and would like to run a collaboration project with Merck to solve real-life problems? Is your startup innovation related to Healthcare, Life Sciences, Performance Materials, and Performance Materials and our innovation focus areas?

If you have answered yes to any of the questions above. Then the Merck Accelerator is for you! In partnership with Mettā, Nairobi, Merck Accelerator’s satellite program in Nairobi is your gateway to quickly explore and validate the potential for co-creating and collaborating with Merck. Apply to get a chance to work on a collaboration project with existing Merck’s innovation projects.


  • Early stage startups with no more than 4 years in existence
  • Startups in the fields of Healthcare, Life Sciences, Performance Materials and other search fields such as Biosensing and Interfaces, and Precision Farming. More info at the bottom of this page
  • Startups with at least 2 co-founders
  • Founders that are available on May 15-18 to attend the boot camp in Nairobi, Kenya, if selected


This your gateway to quickly explore and validate the potential for co-creating and collaborating with Merck. In addition, we have a few perks for the winner:

  • Bootcamp: Opportunity for a 4-day mentorship and coaching boot camp powered by Mettā, Nairobi
  • Prize: Receive a $3,000 no-strings-attached cash prize
  • Corporate Collaboration: A fully paid trip to Merck Innovation Center  at our HQs to pitch for a collaboration project with Merck
  • Mettā office space membership:  Free Membership for up to 12 months at Mettā, Nairobi
  • TrainToInnovate: Access to Merck Innovator Academy TrainToInnovate— an interactive innovation platform to develop innovator skills and share experiences
  • Community: Connect with a rich community of founders and innovators in your region going through the same challenges, as you exchange ideas and build lifetime connections

How to Apply

Still interested in applying for the Merck Accelerator? Follow the link below to apply.

Click here

Deadline: 5th May 2018


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