Google has uncovered the startups who will take part in the main Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa class. The event was made at an event held in Lagos, Nigeria. It additionally reported an association with Udacity and Andela to give 15 000 single course scholarships and 500 nano degree scholarships desiring and professional developers crosswise over Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.
Google reported the principal Launchpad Accelerator Africa class on 9 November and applications shut on 10 December 2017. Launchpad Accelerator Africa is a program for top early-stage African startups that will operate out of Lagos, Nigeria.
Juliet Ehimuan, Country Director of Google Nigeria, stated: “Launchpad Accelerator Africa declared at Google for Nigeria in July a year ago. At the time we likewise reported the expansion of our Digital Skills for Africa program to prepare 10 million Africans, including 100,000 developers, more than five years. The scholarships declared today shape some portion of that dedication.”
Throughout the following three years the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program will furnish African startups with over $3-million in value-free help, working space, and access to master counsellors from Google, Silicon Valley, and Africa. Members get to travel and PR bolster amid every three-month program.
To qualify, startups must be an innovation startup, situated in Sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on the African market and have officially raised seed financing. Google furthermore considered the problem the start up is endeavouring to unravel, how it makes an incentive for clients, and how they tended to a genuine challenge for their home city, nation or Africa comprehensively.
Here are the participants in the first Launchpad Accelerator Africa class:
Babymigo – Nigeria – a trusted social community for expecting mothers and young parents.
Flexpay – Kenya – an automated and secured layaway e-commerce system.
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.
OMG Digital – Ghana – a media platform that produces hyper-local, engaging and entertaining content African millennials love to consume and share.
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.
Piggybank.ng – Nigeria – allows Africans put aside little amounts of money periodically till they reach a savings target.
Riby – Nigeria – a peer-to-peer banking platform for cooperatives and their members that allows them to save, borrow and invest, together.
swiftVEE – South Africa – a platform for connecting livestock agencies to a network of buyers and sellers.
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.
Thrive Agric – Nigeria – crowdfunds investments for small holder farmers, and provide this to them in form of inputs, tech driven advisory and access to market.
Google stated that it is committed to the Sub-Saharan Africa developer ecosystem and has, since April 2016, hosted 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.