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Four Kenyan Startups among 12 Selected for Microsoft Accelerator Programme.


Microsoft in conjunction with Flapmax have announced the qualifying startups for their first accelerator programme that begins March 21, 2022.

The Microsoft Accelerator Programme dubbed FAST attracted 800 applications from 25 African countries. Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana and Egypt had the highest number of applicants representing a wide range of fields. AgTech, EdTech, HealthTech and FinTech are among industries that were highly represented.

Through the 12 weeks of training, the startups’ founders will engage in activities that include business development, cloud and AI integration, fundraising as well as community building designed to help them scale and remain sustainable.

The participants will benefit from working with Microsoft engineering teams in co-innovation projects. They will also access new technology tools and services through the support of Flapmax engineering team. Flapmax aggregates AI technology to help organizations build products that are more sustainable.

Here are the qualifying startups;

From Kenya:

  1. Silqu– This is a prop-tech platform in real estate and technology.
  2. Snark Health – Partner with your doctor. Leverage your data. Pay less.
  3. K-12 EdTech – Kindergarten to 12th-grade education app
  4. Taimba – East Africa’s first Data-driven food supply chain platform.

From Nigeria :

  1. Casa Technology – Online platform to buy and sell invoices for businesses in Africa
  2. LegitCar– Building Africa’s biggest vehicle data service
  3. Pade HCM– Automated HR for all African businesses
  4. DayDone– eCommerce platform digitising the agriculture market

Others:

  1. Tanzania : Tuamini La Maisha– Pediatric Oncology services
  2. Ghana : Wala Digital Health – Platform for hospitals to access blood and save lives
  3. Uganda: KaCyber Technologies– Seeking to make Seamless Mobility a reality
  4. Egypt : VAIS– Comprehensive precision agriculture platform powered by AI & earth observation

In addition to the training, the startups will get $250,000 in Microsoft Azure cloud credits, Participants will benefit from up to $250,000 in Microsoft Azure cloud credits, access to Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, including access to OpenAI APIs.

To qualify for the  FAST proragmme, applicants had to be based in Africa, ready to scale or expand within the continent, and have an established product-market fit while addressing one or more Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

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