Google last week announced the startups that will be participating in its third Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme.
This third cohort sees new 12 startups from six African countries — Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda — come under Launchpad Accelerator Africa
In no particular order, the 12 startups are:
54Gene (Nigeria): Improves drug discovery by researching multiple genetically diverse African populations.
Data Integrated Limited (Kenya): Automates and digitises SME payments, connecting the street to high finance.
Instadiet.me (Egypt): Connects patients to credible nutritionists and dietitians online to help them maintain a healthy and optimal weight.
Kwara (Kenya): Provides a rich digital banking platform to established fair lenders such as credit unions or savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs), with an open API to enable and accelerate their inclusion into the formal financial ecosystem.
OkHi (Kenya): A physical addressing platform for emerging markets that is on a mission to enable the 4 billion without a physical address to “be included”.
PAPS (Senegal): A logistics startup with a strong client-care orientation, focused on last mile delivery in the domestic market that features live tracking, an intelligent address system and automatic dispatch.
ScholarX (Nigeria): An education startup that connects high potential students with funding opportunities to help them advance in their studies.
Tambua Health Inc. (Kenya): The Tambua App turns a normal smartphone into a powerful, non-invasive diagnostic tool for Tuberculosis and Pneumonia. It uses a cough sound acoustic signature, symptoms, risk factors and clinical information to come up with a diagnostic report.
Voyc.ai (South Africa): Voyc.ai’s CX Research Platform helps companies understand their customers by turning their customer research into insights, personas and customer journey maps.
WellaHealth (Nigeria): A pharmacy marketplace for affordable high quality disease-care (such as malaria treatment) driven by artificial intelligence.
Zelda Learning (South Africa): Provides free online career guidance for students looking to enter university and then links them to funding and study opportunities.
Swipe2pay (Uganda) – A web and mobile payments solution that democratizes electronic payments for SMEs by making it easy for them to accept mobile as a mode of payment.
First announced in July 2017, Launchpad Accelerator Africa forms part of Google’s initiatives that support the entrepreneurial initiatives in Africa.
23 startups have already graduated from the first and second Launchpad Accelerator Africa classes and the programme has so far helped the participating startups to create jobs and, collectively, raise millions of dollars in funding.
Nigerian startups raised $377m in 2019, more than twice what they did in 2018. Find out more when you download the full report.