The PeaceTech Accelerator welcomes eight startups into its fifth cohortOctober 5, 2018
Startups will work to sustainably scale over eight-weeks through intensive mentorship and training
Washington, D.C. October 5th, 2018 – C5, the investment specialist firm investing into cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and cloud, announces that on September 17th eight startups entered the PeaceTech Accelerator in Washington, D.C. The Accelerator is housed at the iconic United States Institute of Peace building on the National Mall.
In collaboration with Amazon Web Services, PeaceTech Lab and SAP NS2, the PeaceTech Accelerator was established to scale startups on the cloud and solve problems relating to peace, stability and security worldwide. Startups are supported by a highly-experienced group of prominent international technology entrepreneurs, business leaders, investors and peace innovators.
The fifth cohort draws impact startups from five countries across three continents, from verticals as diverse as data analytics and professional services to agtech and cybersecurity. Each company fits at least one of seven core innovation themes. The entrepreneurs have joined us from Lagos, Accra, Islamabad, London, Raleigh and DC.
Eva-Maria Dimitriadis, COO of C5 Accelerate, said, “With two Nigerian and two Ghanaian startups, this cohort is testament to the strengthening ecosystem of tech entrepreneurs on the African continent. C5 Accelerate continues to be a fantastic source of pipeline for early stage impact investors who want to put their money to work by pursuing the double bottom line.”
Mike Ravenscroft, Program Director of C5 Accelerate, said, “Our Fall Cohort represents a diverse group of innovators from tech hubs around the world. This current cohort of PeaceTech startups are tackling challenges as diverse as delivering high-tech job training for marginalized youths, to providing blue collar workers access to the digital economy, to enabling small farmers to reach international markets. It’s inspiring to work alongside such a talented group of social impact entrepreneurs.”
Further details of the cohort companies are available below.
Cohort 5 runs from September 17th – November 9th and the next program will begin this winter. Applications to the PeaceTech Accelerator can be found here.
Cohort 5 Companies:
• Cognitiks (DC, U.S.A.): Assisting businesses in high risk markets to deliver their double bottom line, drive sustainable growth and contribute to tackling the world’s most pressing problems.
• Coven Works (Lagos, Nigeria): Creating employment opportunities for youth in post-conflict regions through software engineering training and connections with international corporations.
• Devless (Accra, Ghana): Lowering the barriers to technology entrepreneurship through easy to implement toolkits for web and mobile application developers.
• Fori Mazdoori (Islamabad, Pakistan): Bringing millions of blue collar workers into the digital economy through an inclusive employment marketplace.
• Jetstream Africa (Accra, Ghana): Fixing the broken supply chain for African agricultural products and stimulating the export of high-demand goods.
• Muster (Lagos, Nigeria): Enables young people in African Megacities to have access to affordable housing.
• StegoSOC (North Carolina, U.S.A.): Solving the challenges of cloud security orchestration through an AI-driven remediation platform.
• WeSeeThrough (London, U.K.): Leveraging video analytics to help corporations achieve impact goals and connect with their customers.
C5 Capital Limited (“C5”) is a family capital-backed technology investment firm focused on innovating security. C5 is a specialist investor in cyber security, cloud computing and artificial intelligence. Headquartered in London, C5 also has offices in Washington, Munich, Luxembourg and Bahrain.
C5 Accelerate (“C5A”) is a London, Washington D.C., and Bahrain based technology investment firm that works with strategic partners to develop a portfolio of best in class technology startups in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the United States.