Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa program, which opened applications in November 2017, yesterday announced the start of the first class of the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program. The inaugural class includes 12 startups from across Africa, including Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. The startups for Class 1 are:
- 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 which produces hyper-local, engaging and entertaining content that African millennials love to consume and share.
- Pezesha (Kenya) – a scalable Peer to Peer microlending marketplace which allows Kenyans to loan to Kenyans, 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.
We will recall last year at Google for Nigeria, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai announced the Launchpad Accelerator Africa program, which includes over $3 million in equity-free support to more than 60 African tech startups over three years including mentorship, working space and access to technology and startup experts from Google and other external global communities.
Launchpad Accelerator Africa is based on Google’s global Launchpad Accelerator program, tailored to the African market. To date, nine African startups have participated inLaunchpad Accelerator, the global accelerator for growth-stage startups in Silicon Valley.