Google has announced that 20 African startups that have been selected for its new class of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa 2020.
The startups are from from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. They cut across an array of industries like logistics, transportation, education, agriculture, e-commerce, media, health and professional services.
Adapting to this new normal, Google for Startups Accelerator ( formerly known as Launchpad) Africa Class 5 will be done remotely.
‘This year, Google will be hosting one combined class, with 20 startups instead of 12. The program will run for the usual 3 months, with a one week ‘virtual bootcamp’ per month, beginning 29th June until 11th September 2020.
Kenya has six startups represented in this new class. The startups are:
- AmiTruck – a digital platform that seeks to bring trust, transparency and efficiency to logistics by using technology to connect cargo owners and transporters.
- BuuPass – works with transport operators to provide digital solutions that seamlessly facilitate convenient and reliable movement of commuters.
- Crediation – empowers tech startups to lend to their customers. It provides APIs and a dashboard to allow its partners to access funds for lending and process loans.
- Ilara Health – it brings essential diagnostic support and impactful software products to patients and providers across peri-urban sub-Saharan Africa who currently are unable to access these basic life-saving tools.
- Uzapoint – UzaPoint is an enterprise resource planning tool that enhances the efficiency, profitability and business intelligence of small scale businesses in retail.
- Zuka Data Science – A blended Learning Platform with engaging Data Science programs designed by experts to enable individuals and organisations at all levels become Data Fluent.
The other selected startups from different African countries are:
- Adi+Bolga (Ghana): Adi+Bolga uses technology to provide virtual skincare consultations and accurate personalised product recommendations to consumers.
- Beamm (South Africa): Beamm allows users to make Hollywood style CGI and VFX videos with ease(.
- Credpal (Nigeria): CredPal develops consumer credit infrastructure to ease consumer credit purchase, and enable retail businesses to provide on-demand credit for consumers in Africa.
- Crop2Cash (Nigeria): Crop2Cash is an offline accessible platform for farmers making it possible for them to pay, get paid, access agricultural credit via USSD while assuring financial institutions of their lending capital.
- Curacel (Nigeria): Curacel is a Claims & Fraud Detection Platform for African Insurers.
- Festival Coins (Nigeria): Festival Coins is a suite of tools to help event organizations produce better events, with features including online ticketing, access control, cashless payments, and event reporting.
- Franc (South Africa): Franc.app is an investment app that helps first time investors realise their dreams by providing access to the best cash and equity funds without minimums or restrictions
- Judy (Nigeria): The smart, comprehensive database of African case law and legislation.
- Kaoun (Tunisia): Kaoun enables unbanked and underbanked individuals and businesses access to financial services through identification, payment and credit solutions.
- Send (Nigeria): Digital Freight forwarder and customs broker for Africa.
- Stears (Nigeria) : Stears is a trusted provider of high-quality African information that improves decision making.
- The Smarthub (Nigeria): SaaS for hospitals and a Digital hospital with multiple physical locations and more than 200 Doctors with it’s own Ambulance hailing service.
- Thumeza (Zimbabwe): A next-generation logistics platform utilising data in order to optimise the logistics function for enterprises
- Zayride (Ethiopia): Zayride provides reliable, timely, and safe cab services using technologically enabled dispatch systems and integrated mobile money systems for payment.
Since its launch in 2018, the Google for Startups Accelerator program has worked with 47 startups from 17 African countries: Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
”Our commitment to supporting innovative startups in Africa remains strong. Especially now more than ever, running a startup requires innovative thinking, mentorship and collaboration.” the company said in a blog.