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Five African health-tech startups among 30 selected for Google for Startups AI Program


The Google for Startups Growth Academy: AI for Health has unveiled the thirty startups from around the world selected for its 2023 cohort. 

Five startups made it to the list. They include Eden Care (Rwanda), iZola Limited (Kenya), mDoc (Nigeria), Pharmarun (Nigeria) and Zuri Health (Kenya). All these startups are reshaping healthcare with AI-empowered solutions. 

“Africa’s innovative spirit in the AI for Health domain is profoundly inspiring. These startups stand as a testament to the continent’s ability to develop global health solutions.’’ Yuval Passov, Head of Google for Startup and lead of the program, said.

‘’We aim to stand alongside them, offering support and partnership as they strive to scale and disseminate their groundbreaking solutions.” 

Startups worldwide are harnessing AI as a transformative instrument, addressing significant challenges from early disease detection to ensuring information accessibility. Their innovations not only improve billions of lives but also drive robust economic growth.

Google says its Startups Growth Academy: AI for Health Program aligns with its broader vision to support startups and accelerate their growth. 

In August Google announced a broader program, the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First, a 10-week equity free accelerator aimed at supporting African startups looking to use artificial intelligence to solve local challenges.

Since introducing the Google for Startups Accelerator programs in Africa in 2018, Google has supported 106 startups from 17 African countries and these startups have collectively raised over $263 million in funding and created over 2,800 jobs.

The full list of selected startups is available here. 

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech and African startups. Founder and Editor of TechTrends Media. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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