Acceleration and Market Access through Digital Lab Africa

Digital Lab Africa (DLA) is the first mentorship and incubation program dedicated to innovative creative and digital content in Africa. The very idea of DLA is to offer emerging talents a springboard to fast-track their project’s development, with the support and expertise of DLA creative industries ecosystems in France and in Sub-Saharan African countries. It has incubated 48 projects since 2016.Digital Lab Africa has developed a large network in the French and Pan-African market and has continued to grow by offering an exclusive global mentorship programme that gives creatives access to experienced mentors, experts and studios from around the world.

Programme Objective

Digital Lab Africa provides a springboard for African talent in multi-media industry.

DLA offers experienced creatives the opportunity to pitch a project already in development and showing considerable promise for international connection and exposure.

Programme Offering

Development training

Coaching and one-on-one mentoring programmes

Pitching forum through Fak’ugesi

Alumni Development Programme (new) through Fak’ugesi

Market access (B2B meetings) through Fak’ugesi

Criteria and Selection

Throughout the year, there are various calls for applications to anyone from the field of digital content creation: artists, producers, designers, start-ups, SMEs, collectives, students or entrepreneurs, based in Sub-Saharan Africa or a national of a country in this region.

The purpose of these calls for applications is to identify innovative digital content from the perspective of form, storytelling and technologies used in five different categories: immersive realities, gaming, music, animation and digital art.


The DLA Projects uses our annual Fak’ugesi Festival as a platform to showcase the output of DLA projects. 

Fak’ugesi creates an inclusive and valuable connection for DLA participants through:

  • Pitching forums
  • Residencies and labs in partnerships with other festivals/events
  • Business-to-business meetings
  • Supportive digital community

The Fak’ugesi Festival also attracts a high number of investors through their diverse programming for the digital creative sector.