Now in its fifth year, Cascador has successfully elevated dozens of entrepreneurs and their companies through a unique blend of education, mentoring, pitch training and personalized support, driving over $23M USD in capital raised by past Cascador fellows.
Alumni from the 2022 cohort are already experiencing the impact of participation in Cascador under the mentorship of expert Nigerian and American entrepreneurs.
Farmer Samson Ogbole, Founder and CEO of Soilless Farm Lab, and a 2022 Cascador fellow, shared the impact of his experience, “Cascador was a path to self discovery, vision alignment and market-driven problem solving. I found it very helpful to share unpolished ideas with Cascador’s facilitators, thought leaders and mentors, and then leverage their expertise and industry network to match my business model to market needs.”
Founder and CEO of Adunni Organics, a Nigeria-based natural skincare company, Olumide Gbadebo, stated, “The Cascador Program was an epiphany for me. I examined my business from a completely different perspective, which has basically changed our trajectory in the months following Cascador. Your individual personality and business challenges are addressed, and the faculty and mentors are available to offer support and guidance, all of which leads to outcomes that are perfectly tailored to your unique needs. Participating in Cascador was my best decision of 2022.”
Cascador participants are mid-stage entrepreneurs with at least 2 years in operation. They should have annual revenue from sales that exceeds $50,000 USD per year or have raised at least $250,000 USD of capital. Participation is limited to 10 fellows.
Regarding the personal journey of entrepreneurship, Farmer Samson Ogbole said, “With Cascador you get to be part of a family – in every sense of the word. The environment was open and receptive, and I experienced no feeling of competition with my fellow Cascadors. Cascador’s faculty and fellows are with you every step of the way, and if you reach out to them the door is always open.”
The 2023 Cascador program will be hosted from October 30 – November 3, 2023 at Lagos Business School.
The week-long intensive is augmented by pre-program preparatory sessions and exercises, and 6 months of follow-up mentoring. All lodging and meals for the week are provided by Cascador.
Learn more at www.cascador.org and or on the accelerator’s YouTube channel. Interested applicants can apply online for early acceptance between January 31st and April 30th.
About the Cascador Program
Cascador is an annual, no-cost program focused on business scale. Accelerator curriculum is designed for mid-stage African entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and their leadership skills by working with successful American and Nigerian entrepreneurs from a wide range of industry sectors, backgrounds and geographic locations. A one-week annual intensive in-person program is augmented with preparatory exercises, self-awareness coaching, and is followed by 6 months of mentorship. Interested applicants, partners, sponsors and prospective faculty can learn more and contact the Cascador team at www.cascador.org.
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