The programme was launched in 2017, the programme formerly known as Google Launchpad Accelerator programme has worked with 47 startups from 17 African countries in four editions.
According to Google, startups that participate in the three-month-long programme have access to mentorship, funding, and PR support, among other incentives.
In the fourth cohort last year, it selected 12 startups from Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. The startups were Afara Partners, TradeBuza, Xend, REACH, Tulaa, WorkPay, Elewa, OZE, Eversend, Phenomenal Technologies, Sortd, and Brandbook.
Things are really looking to be different and promising this year.
Sadly, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Google says it will be holding the programme virtually (online) and startups will participate remotely.
A switch from last year’s event that featured 12 startups in the three-month programme, this year will have a combined class of 20 startups and the program will run from June 29 until September 11. Also, every month (July-September) will see startups participate in a one-week virtual boot camp.
The 2019 cohort featured startups offering financial, marketplaces, big data, education, agriculture professional services. This year’s startups are involved in these spaces: logistics, transportation, education, agriculture, e-commerce, media, health, and professional services.
Featuring in this year’s Cohort are eight startups from Nigeria, six from Kenya, two from South Africa, one from Ghana, Tunisia, Ethiopia, and Zimbabwe.
The Nigeria startups are fintech startup, Credpal; event ticketing startup, Festival Coins; agritech startup, Crop2Cash; insurance startup, Curacel; legal startup, Judy; media startup, Stears; freight startup, Send; and SaaS health tech startup, The Smarthub.
Startups from Kenya include logistics startup, AmiTruck; transport startup, BuuPass; fintech startup, Crediation; SaaS health tech service, Ilara Health; enterprise retail platform, Uzapoint; and edtech startup, Zuka Data Science.
South African startups include fintech platform, Franc and media startup, Beamm.
Transport service, Zayride, and logistics platform, Thumeza represents Ethiopia and Zimbabwe respectively while Ghanaian health startup, Adi+Bolga, and Tunisian fintech startup, Kaoun complete the list.*NEW UPDATE
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