Google for Startups Accelerator Africa Selects 20 Startups
- 20 startups have been selected by Google for Startups Accelerator Africa
- Google says the startups participating in the three-month program will have access to mentoring, funding and PR support.
- Far from last year that had 12 startups in the three-month curriculum, this year will see a collective class of 20 startups, with the programme running from the 9th of June 29 to September 11th.
Google for Startups Accelerator Africa has selected a total of twenty startups for the fifth edition of its programme.
Previously known as the Google Launchpad Accelerator Program, was launched in 2017 and operated in four editions with 47 startups from 17 African countries.
According to Google, startups participating in the three-month program will have access to mentoring, funding and PR support.
In last year’s fourth cohort, the accelerator programme picked twelve startups from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The startups included Afara Partners, TradeBuza, Xend, REACH, Tulaa, WorkPay, Elewa, Sortd, and Brandbook.
With this year’s fifth group, things have changed. First, because of the Covid-19 pandemic aftermath, Google said it would transfer the curriculum online and startups can participate remotely.
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Far from last year that had 12 startups in the three-month curriculum, this year will see a collective class of 20 startups and the programme will run from the 9th of June 29 to September 11th. In addition, startups will engage in a one-week virtual boot camp every month, July-September.
In 2019 the cohort included startups providing financial services, marketplaces, big data, education, technical services in agriculture. The startups for this years are involved in these spaces: logistics, transport , education, agriculture, e-commerce, media, health and professional services.
They are, eight start-ups from Nigeria, six from Kenya, two from South Africa, one from Ghana, Tunisia, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.
The start-ups in Nigeria are fintech start-up Credpal, event ticketing start-up Festival Coins, agritech start-up Crop2Cash, insurance start-up Curacel, legal start-up Judy, media start-up Stears, freight start-up Send, and The Smarthub.
Kenyan startups include logistics startup AmiTruck, transportation startup BuuPass, fintech startup, Crediation, SaaS healthtech company, Ilara Health; business planning platform, Uzapoint and edtech startup Zuka Data Science.
South African startups include fintech platform, Franc and cloud-based commerce platform, Beamm.
Completing the list is Transport service, Zayride and logistics platform, Thumeza from Ethiopia and Zimbabwe respectively and Ghanaian skincare startup, Adi+Bolga and Tunisian fintech startup, Kaoun.
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