From March, 2018

ASI brings Africa's most promising entrepreneurs with the most successful entrepreneurs in the world for personalized non-traditional entrepreneurial training for one month. We are not an Accelerator. We are an Academy

from speedupafrica to ASI - Evolution

After the success of SpeedUPAfrica, we decided to evolve from just an event to a full academy, and we've changed our name to reflect that. We're super excited about this evolution. Click HERE to read the backstory

Our rock star faculty are from:

Rock Star Faculty

Learn from & hangout with our rock star Silicon Valley, African, & Global business minds that serve as faculty

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Practical Learning

We're all about hands-on, immediately applicable knowledge through practical & purposeful workshops

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Investor Meetings

A one size fits all training doesn't cut it anymore. Training is co-created & customized for each entrepreneur

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Connect with like minded high flying entrepreneurs and new friends from over 20 African countries

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Mind Bending

From learning a new language, to mastering improvisational comedy, your mind will be stretched

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Awesome Perks

1:1 investor deal meetings, 1 year free virtual office, exclusive memberships, life long Alumni network, etc

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Our campus

Our beautiful ASI campus is located in Lagos, Nigeria. Designed to inspire creativity and out of the box thinking, you'll fall in love with the ambience and energy.

Note: Campus is currently being renovated and pictures shown are 3D renderings of our proposed final campus design
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Program Details

All you need to know, and more!


Sample Topics (not comprehensive) include:

Week 1: Business

  • Design Thinking
  • Corporate Innovation
  • Legal Structures 
  • Corporate governance
  • Team Design

Week 3: Scale

  • Growth Hacking
  • Speed
  • Media and Story telling
  • Digital Marketing
  • Going global

Week 2: Technology

  • Product Design
  • Prototyping
  • Coding basics
  • Future Technology
  • Artificial Intelligence

Week 4: Capital

  • Venture Capital
  • Your First $1M - $100M
  • Term Sheets
  • Pricing & Valuation
  • Negotiation & Deal Closing
Other Mind Bending Elements: 
Comedy & Improvisation, Learning a new language, etc


Business Aptitude & Hustle

Designed for Current & would-be entrepreneurs, employees of entrepreneurs, college students or graduates, corporate bodies looking to inject the entrepreneurial mindset into their organization, & people looking to explore and be inspired for the next steps of on their journeys. We look for:

  • Street smarts, Drive, Determination & Hustle
  • Creativity and ability to think on your feet
  • Entrepreneurial history (both successes and failures)
  • Willingness/ability to Un-learn, Learn, and Re-learn
  • English Proficiency

We believe that anyone at any age with the right attitude and regardless of background and  can become a great entrepreneur especially when coached by the best. We don't look for traditional qualities like academic performance or company position.


1. Application

Fill the application form for your preferred session before the application 
deadline. You can apply for any available session in advance

2. Interview

We will reach out to a few selected candidates to schedule a 30 min phone interview

3. Notification

Accepted applications will be notified about admission status within two (2) weeks

4. Deposit & Tuition

You'll be required to pay a non-refundable $300 tuition deposit within 
1 week of acceptance to secure your spot, and your remaining tuition 
balance no later than one (1) month before your session begins

Tuition: $1000

Tuition & Perks Include:

  • Welcome & Exit Party
  • Course Content Materials
  • Daily Snack Breaks
  • Field trips & Group Activities
  • Access to Exclusive Memberships
  • Access to Silicon Valley & Global Business networks
  • One on One investor meetings & opportunities with DDF & major investors
  • Free ASI T-Shirts
  • Life Long Alumni network
1. Fees do not include: Airfare, Feeding, Accommodation
2. Need tuition assistance? Send us an email -
3. Already got a sponsor? He/she can pay directly at the Sponsor link at the footer of this page
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Q: Do I need to have a business or idea?

  • We love already existing businesses, but if you don't have one, you can still apply but we encourage you to think of an idea. ASI is heavily project based and you'll get the best out of ASI if you have a project you have or want to work on

Q: What session should I apply for?

  • We will have four sessions a year starting March 2018, then June, August, & November 2018. You can apply for any session based on your availability but we strongly advise to apply book your spots now

Q: Will I have time to work on my company?

  • Totally. ASI is designed in such a way that you can fully participate and fully run your company at the same time. One doesn't have to suffer for the other to thrive

Q: Can more than one person from my startup apply?

  • Totally. We think the more people in your company go through this experience, the better it will be for your project

Q: Is accommodation, feeding, transport provided for?

  • No they're not. For accepted international participants, we can recommend great affordable accommodation and feeding arrangements through our partners

Got more questions? Send us an email:


Our Rock Star Faculty

Over 60 of Silicon Valley, Africa, & the World's Finest Entrepreneurs 

Tim Draper
Founder DFJ, Draper Associates, and Draper University. Invested companies include Hotmail, Tesla, Baidu, Skype, SpaceX, etc

Leonard Stiegeler
GM Ringier Africa
Companies under Ringier include Pulse, Business Insider, Jobberman, Private Property, Checki, etc

Tonia Osadebe
Google, Global Vendor Operations Lead. Previously: Technical Account Manager at Google, roles at Merrill Lynch, Bank of America

Justin Stanford
General Partner 4Di Capital, MD, 4Di Group, Co-founder & Original Steering Committee Chairman of Silicon Cape Initiative

Manuel Koser
Co-Founder & MD, Silvertree Internet Holdings (DealDey, Sprout, PriceCheck, etc). Previously Founder Jumia & Zando

Adia Sowho
Director, Digital Business at Etisalat. Digital Content, Value Added Services and Mobile Advertising Expert

Bankole Cardoso
Quona Capital Washington DC.
Formerly: Global Head of Communications, Jumia
Founder, EasyTaxi

Tomi Davies
Co-founder, Lagos Angel Network & President, African Business Angel Network. Previous roles at Ernst & Young, Marks & Spencer, Elf, etc

Alissa Orlando
MD, Dynamo Advisors. Prior roles as Operations Manager Uber, MD, HelloFoods Africa, McKinsey & Company & US State Department

Manuel Koser
GM Ringier Africa
Companies under Ringier include Pulse, Business Insider, Jobberman, Private Property, Checki, etc

Kofi Dadzie
Co-Founder & CEO, RanCard, Fellow, Aspen Global Leadership Network. Previous roles at Dell, Unum, Radiant Systems, etc

Maurice Otieno
General Manager Africa, Metta. Previously Head of Operations Metta, and Ecosystem Development,

Andrew Fassnidge
Founder, AppsAfrica, Co-Founder,Africa Tech Summit London, West Africa Mobile Awards

Gina Kloes
30 years award-winning author, Master Instructor for Deepak Chopra Center, Lead facilitator Tony Robbins Foundation

Ashley Lewis
West Africa Lead, Accion Venture Labs. Founder, Ongeza Fund. Previously Manager, LGT Venture Philanthropy

Toro Orero
Managing Partner, DDF - silicon valley venture capital fund for African Startups that can change the world. Founder, ASI

Our Partners & Affiliates


Silicon Valley VC Fund
Silicon Valley Innovation Hub
African Business Angel Network
Stripe Atlas
Business Startup Toolkits
Startup Chile
Equity Free Investor
Draper University
Silicon Valley Program
African Business Angel Network
Stripe Atlas
Business Startup Toolkits
Toro Orero

Most of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs got inspired by a moment, by a spark, a trigger that built that entrepreneurial desire. Some were aware of that specific moment and others have probably become aware looking back. Our job at ASI is to trigger that spark, to fan that flame.

Tim Draper
DFJ, Draper Associates

Africa has a unique opportunity to leapfrog, and great things can happen with this.

Get in Touch

Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @ASICampus
Address: Lagos, Nigeria