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 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 is represented by six startups in this new class. They include;
- BuuPass – works with transport operators to provide digital solutions that seamlessly facilitate convenient and reliable movement of commuters.
- Amitruck – a digital platform that seeks to bring trust, transparency and efficiency to logistics by using technology to connect cargo owners and transporters.
- 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.
- Uzapoint – Uzapoint is an enterprise resource planning tool that enhances the effeiciency, profitability and business intelligence of small scale businesses in retail.
- 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 lifesaving tools.
- 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.
Since its inception 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.