Google Africa publicized the startups that will participate in the 2018 Africa Launchpad Accelerator. Launchpad Accelerator is the First Africa Launchpad accelerator by Google in Africa.
Launchpad Accelerator Africa by Google is a six-month acceleration program for the growth-stage startups from emerging ecosystems aiming to operate within and out of their start country in Africa.
According to Juliet Ehimuan, the Country Director of Google Nigeria, Launchpad Accelerator Africa was announced at Google for Nigeria in July last year. At the time we also announced the extension of our Digital Skills for Africa program to train 10 million Africans, including 100,000 developers, over five years. The scholarships announced today form part of that commitment.
Over the next three years the Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme will provide African startups with over $3-million in equity-free support, working space, and access to expert advisers from Google, Silicon Valley, and Africa. Participants receive travel and PR support during each three-month program.
To qualify, startups have to be a technology startup, based in Sub-Saharan Africa, targeting the African market, have seed funding and have already got to the growth stage. Google additionally considered the problem the startup is trying to solve, how it creates value for users, and how they addressed a real challenge for their home city, country or Africa broadly.
We are thrilled to announce this, the first Launchpad Accelerator Africa class and look forward to working with them to drive innovation into the African market. Africa is home to some incredibly smart people who are working to solve the continent’s problems using homegrown solutions and we’re honoured to be able to be part of that. (Andy Volk, Sub-Saharan Africa Ecosystem Regional Manager)
The Twelve participant of the first Launchpad Accelerator Africa class are listed below:
Babymigo – Nigeria – a trusted social community for expecting mothers and young parents.
Kudi – Nigeria – payment for Africa through messaging.
OkadaBooks – Nigeria – a social platform that allows users easily create, spread and sell their stories/books/documents in a matter of minutes.
Riby – Nigeria – a peer-to-peer banking platform for cooperatives and their members that allows them to save, borrow and invest, together.
Thrive Agric – Nigeria – crowdfunds investments for smallholder farmers, and provide this to them in form of inputs, tech-driven advisory and access to the market.
Piggybank.ng – Nigeria – allows Africans put aside little amounts of money periodically till they reach a savings target.
OMG Digital – Ghana – a media platform that produces hyper-local, engaging and entertaining content African millennials love to consume and share.
swiftVEE – South Africa – a platform for connecting livestock agencies to a network of buyers and sellers.
Flexpay – Kenya – an automated and secured layaway e-commerce system.
Pezesha – Kenya – a scalable Peer to Peer microlending marketplace that allows Kenyans to loan to Kenyans, securely, via mobile money using big data and credit analytics.
TangoTv – Tanzania – a media streaming and video on demand service for African local content; films and shows.
Teheca – Uganda – helps families and individuals find the right health care providers/workers in Uganda.
All this was a move for the confirmation of Google commitment to the Sub-Saharan Africa developer ecosystem starting from the 13 Launchpad Build and Start events across Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, featuring some 228 speakers and engaging 590 attendees from local startups in each country. The Team at Techconvos congratulate all the Startups