Starting this month, Google has announced that 15 African startups will be part of Class 7 of the Google for Startups Accelerator.
Launched in 2018, the accelerator is A three-month virtual accelerator program for high potential Seed to Series A tech startups based in Africa. It's designed to bring the best of Google's programs, products, people and technology to startups that leverage machine learning and AI in their company today or plan to in the future.
In addition to mentorship and technical project support, the Accelerator also includes deep dives and workshops focused on product design, customer acquisition and leadership development for founders, specialized training, media opportunities and access to Google’s network of engineers and experts.
Since its launch, Google for Startup Accelerator Africa has supported 82 startups from 17 African countries, and they have collectively raised $112 million and created 2800 direct jobs.
The Class 7 of the accelerator is made up of seven countries from Africa with Coté d’Ivoire making its debut at the programme. Nigerian startups topped the list with five startups. Kenya and South Africa have three startups represented. Meanwhile, Egypt, Uganda and Tanzania have one each.
Per sector, the class is quite diverse with startups across healthtech, mobility, utility, AI, mixed reality, logistics, data management, e-commerce and digital identity.
Meet class 7 of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa
- Clafiya (Nigeria): Clafiya connects patients to Health Practitioners to provide fast and affordable on demand primary care services in Africa.
- Fleet simplify (Kenya): Fleetsimplify is a fleet management platform for shared mobility.
- HydroIQ (Kenya): HydroIQ is a virtual water network that gives consumers and utilities a single, transparent platform to manage their water consumption and management.
- iVerify.ng (Nigeria): iVerify.ng is a digital identity onboarding platform.
- LaRuche Health (Côte d'Ivoire): LaRuche Health offers inclusive apps that simplify care delivery & improve patient access to preventive healthcare services
- LyRise (Egypt): LyRise is a platform that provides companies with an easier, faster way to hire and work with vetted AI and Data talents initially from Africa.
- MDaaS Global (Nigeria): MDaas builds and operates modern, technology-enabled diagnostic services in clinically-underserved communities, starting in Nigeria.
- Multiplied (South Africa): Multiplied offers data-driven design at scale through infinite personalized content for marketing.
- Nulitics (South Africa): Nulitics is a specialist Mixed Reality (XR) software development and system integrator with a focus on XR wearable technology
- Ridelink (Uganda): Ridelink makes cargo mobility affordable and accessible for Small businesses at the tap of a button.
- SmartClass (Tanzania): SmartClass is a skill-learning network that enables youth to learn from their peers
- Sukhiba (Kenya): Sukhiba is a decentralized community-based commerce platform.
- Terawork (Nigeria): Terawork is a pan-African online freelance marketplace plugging Africa talent into the global workforce.
- The Marking App (South Africa): The Marking App provides a data free application that automatically marks handwritten school assessments while also automating school administration.
- truQ (Nigeria): truQ is a tech-enabled logistics platform automating and optimizing short haul (or intracity) logistics for automated retail distribution companies in Africa