The ShelterTech Africa alumni community is a co-creation and stakeholder-driven network by Habitat for Humanity’s Terwilliger Center for Innovation in Shelter, Pangea Accelerator and Alumni from the ShelterTech Africa accelerator program in Africa. This Alumni network seeks to extend support and link opportunities to entrepreneurs and innovators to facilitate housing markets to better meet the needs for affordable housing in Africa.
The accelerator program initially supported thirty Kenyan businesses in the housing sector with five receiving catalytic funding of a total of KES 15 million and a further two accessing external investment. Through the platform, innovators and founders will be able to find opportunities for soft funding (grants), follow-on investment, establish partnerships with experts and like-minded founders as well as find testbeds for their solutions globally. Jonas Tesfu, CEO and Co-founder of Pangea Accelerator added that “With a current housing deficit of 2 million, we believe that this platform can help us harness the entrepreneurship ecosystem to invest in affordable housing and therefore, bring up more innovative shelter ideas to the market.”
The ShelterTech Africa Alumni community held a conversation on the importance of creating and sustaining value-adding corporate networks to grow innovative startups/ businesses in affordable housing across Africa.
The event was graced by:
- Kecia Rust – Executive Director at Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa.
- Dr. Andrew Jones – Research & Policy Manager, Reall, Among others.
The event facilitated a process to amplify the ongoing ShelterTech Africa partners’ onboarding process while providing value to the alumni community businesses. At the moment, Partners recruitment is ongoing with a target of onboarding more than 100 partners across Africa to join the ShelterTech Africa Alumni Community by the end of the second quarter of 2021.
Watch the insights given during the event, go to this link.
To also mark the United Nations International Women’s Day, Reall shared key learnings and recommendations on how, for women and girls, safe and secure affordable housing communities become more than a place to live – they are a place to thrive.
About Habitat for Humanity:
Driven by the vision that everyone deserves a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity (www.Habitat.org/emea) began in 1976 as a grassroots effort. The housing organization has since grown to become a leading global charity working in more than 70 countries. Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with families and individuals in need of a hand-up to build or improve a place they can call home. Learn more at www.Habitat.org/emea or follow @HabitatEMEA
About Habitat’s Terwilliger Center:
Habitat established the Terwilliger Center (Habitat.org/TCIS) to work with housing market systems by supporting local firms to expand innovative and client-responsive services, products and financing so that households can improve their shelter more effectively and efficiently. Habitat can have exponentially more impact by improving systems that make better housing possible for millions of more families. The role of the Terwilliger Center stays true to Habitat for Humanity’s original principles of self-help and sustainability by focusing on improving systems that enable families to achieve affordable shelter without needing ongoing direct support. To learn more, visit Habitat.org/TCIS
About Pangea Accelerator:
Pangea Accelerator is a Norwegian accelerator and an investment platform operating in East Africa that matches African start-ups with capital, technical expertise and networks such as foundations and development agencies to reach a global scale.