CatalyzU x Future Africa ‘How to Startup’ Fellowship 2024 for young founders.

May 15, 2024

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Bursary Description

Application Deadline: May 14, 2024

Applications are now open for the CatalyzU x Future Africa ‘How to Startup’ Fellowship.  A comprehensive fellowship designed in partnership with Future Africa, ‘How to Startup’ will equip founders, aspiring founders, as well as startup employees with the essential skills, practical insights, and knowledge needed to build scalable businesses in Africa – from those who’ve done it. Develop strategies to carve out a unique market position, effectively navigate competition, and expand regionally, drawing inspiration and insights from real-world case studies. Through a series of live lectures, office hours, and practical assignments, Fellows will delve into key aspects of startup development, from idea validation all the way through to a Unicorn valuation!

The fellowship is designed to be comprehensive and immersive. It spans over 7 weeks, allowing participants to delve deeply into various aspects of startup development.

Learning outcome

  • Gain a deep understanding of the African startup landscape and its nuances, setting the stage for informed decision-making and strategic planning.
  • Master the crucial steps involved in validating startup ideas, crafting Minimum Viable Products (MVPs), and embarking on the journey of product development with confidence.
  • Understand the essential legal and accounting principles integral to startup financial management, and gain clarity on the intricacies of fundraising, including when, how, and from whom to raise capital.

Alumni Support Ecosystem

  • Following the completion of the Fellowship, all successful graduates will ascend to the designation of a ‘Young African Catalyst’ – the name for alumni of CatalyzU. This includes (complimentary) access to the entirety of the esteemed Young African Catalyst network, comprised of the leading founders and venture capitalists from across all four corners of the continent. 


  • Stable internet connection
  • Availability to join synchronous, online lectures
  • Diligence to submit assignments and quizzes before the due date
  • No prior startup experience required


  • The Fellowship is delivered over 12 ±2 hour sessions across 7 weeks.
  • This translates into up to four hours of scheduled sessions per week which is delivered virtually. The sessions are delivered live.


  • 1:1 Access to VC Leaders
  • Office Hours with the CatalyzU Team
  • Become a Young African Catalyst
  • Live Lectures with Africa’s Best Founders & VCs


  • To earn a certificate, students must attend 80% of sessions.
  • Assignments will be graded as an outstanding effort, pass or not passed only.
  • Assignments submitted after the deadline will not be considered. CatalyzU may roll out additional exclusive benefits over the course of the program which will be by invitation and based on overall fellowship participation.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the CatalyzU x Future Africa ‘How to Startup’ Fellowship