The Alumni

Meet the accelerator alumni

Lukhanyo Mdingi

South Africa, 2020-2021 Accelerator

With a profound interest in considered and sincere design, the spirit of collaboration and pursuit of purpose yields the Lukhanyo Mdingi label in creating honest pieces.


Kenya, 2020-2021 Accelerator

Founded by Jennifer Mulli in 2016, Jiamini is a family-run Kenyan jewellery & leather goods brand bringing traditional craft, contemporary style, and uncompromising fine materials together. The result is bold, sensory, timeless luxury for global women, embodied in pieces that command attention and fit right into modern life. Jiamini accessories inspire pride, joy and personal confidence.

Margaux Wong

Burundi, 2020-2021 Accelerator

Amazonian low-waste values meet precious East African materials diverted from a waste-bound path at Margaux Wong, an artisanal luxury jewellery and accessories brand founded in 2000 creating treasurable, distinctive artwear.

Maota Studio

Mali, 2021-2022 Accelerator

Based in Bamako, Mali, Maöta Studio is a community of artisans developing natural dyes and sustainable textile designs using traditional Malian methods with modern approaches that have a positive impact on people and the planet. The brand is a social enterprise with sustainability at its core, specialising in sustainable textile designs working towards natural matters and using artisanal techniques.


Kenya, 2021-2022 Kenya Accelerator

Katush is an everyday superhero — a conscious and compassionate leisure lifestyle brand, made in Africa for the confident, reflective, self-aware global citizen who values quality, versatility and sustainability in original design.

Rummage Studio

Kenya, 2021-2022 Kenya Accelerator

Suave Kenya is an East African youth culture brand, crafting bags and accessories for the modern urban lifestyle. Suave is about style-conscious storytelling, love for the continent, and a whole lot of play. The label is also about doing business ethically, fairly and with their eye on the long game.


Kenya, 2021-2022 Kenya Accelerator

Loved for their exquisite craftsmanship, Hamaji is a truly inspired representation of coastal Kenya’s beauty and lifestyle. A focus on indigenous handcraft makes this brand a true expression of its origins: Every collection is produced in Kenya by local craftspeople, with a priority placed on women in rural areas, existing artisans who are now empowered to earn a living from their traditional craft.