Ariob Incubator

We believe in catapulting underserved communities to the front lines of innovation through decentralized blockchain adoption.


What does Ariob mean?

Ariob, meaning a collection of stars in the ancient, African language of Ge’ez, was symbolically chosen to distinguish both the promise within the incubator program and the continent itself.

The Ariob Incubator program intends to evolve these experiments into the most competitive Africa-centered Catalyst startups. The purpose of the Ariob incubator will be to drive the growth of Project Catalyst startups that are based in Africa itself or focused on the African market using the Cardano blockchain system. Following in the footsteps of Cardano’s deal with the Ethiopian government to establish a national database for student education records, this initiative further cements IOHK’s commitment to solving the continent’s development challenges through blockchain adoption.

Ariob Incubator

Project Catalyst

Project Catalyst is a series of experiments which seeks to generate the highest levels of community innovation. Catalyst is bringing on-chain governance to the Cardano blockchain by allowing the community to self-determine priorities for growth. It also lets participants deploy funding to proposals which tackle challenges and capitalize on opportunities that arise in the life cycle of Cardano. You can learn more about Project Catalyst here.

What We Offer

Startup Diagnosis

Series of meetings and activities with startups to understand what is at the core of each organization. Breaking the business down into smaller pieces, while working with the whole team to make it better.


Tailored, practical, short and intensive training courses.

Strategy Sessions

A combination of scheduled and ad-hoc coaching, mentorship meetings and tech auditing.

Showcase and Investment Pitches

Events where startups show their progress and pitch to investors.

Finance and Investment

Consultancy on financial proposal development, investment cost breakdown, cost/benefit analysis and more.

Marketing and Management:

Consultancy on marketing research and analysis, marketing strategy development, marketing management, and business management.

Legal and Administrative Services

Legal advisory on business license and registration, legal documentations, human resource management, and procurements procedures.