Kwara selected for the Premier Japan-led Ninja Accelerator Programme 

Lenin Lumumba

Press Release

Nairobi, Kenya,11 May 2022. Digital banking platform and fintech company Kwara  has been selected for the first cohort of the Ninja Accelerator programme in Kenya. 

Growth Africa announced that out of 178 applicants, Kwara was one of the five startups selected to partake in the first ever JICA Ninja Accelerator. The accelerator is aimed at connecting Kenyan startups to Japan. After tailor-made coaching by Japanese corporates, investors and partners, the startups partake in a Global Road Show in Tokyo and Silicon Valley in 2022.

"We look forward to building strong strategic partnerships with Japan-based corporations and investors. This will be an important launchpad for our ASEAN and Africa expansion"

Cynthia WandiaCo-founder & CEO, Kwara
Cynthia Wandia, Portrait smiling

“We are optimistic about exchanging ideas, technical expertise and culture so we can build a global, profitable business together"

The program is powered by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in partnership with Double Feather Partners (DFP), Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support (DTVS), Deloitte Tohmatsu Financial Advisory (DTFA) and Growth Africa, and further supported by 500 Startups. More information about the program can be found at 

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Kwara offers a secure, simple and affordable digital banking platform for savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs) and their members, who are often excluded by traditional banks. Our mission is to enable the world's 3 billion underserved to become financially healthy. Backed by Google Launchpad, Catalyst Fund, Kepple Africa, Bright Continent, Finparx and Bonum Ventures, today Kwara serves over 35,000 members. Visit 

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