The Google for Startups Accelerator Africa was introduced in 2018 to support the startup ecosystem in the continent. Thus far the programme has supported over 67 startups cutting across 17 African countries. Collectively, US$72 million has been raised creating 2800 jobs directly.
This year’s programme features Google’s most diverse class comprising 15 startups – 47 of which are co-founded by women. 4 startups represented Eastern Africa, namely Ndovu a micro-investment platform (Kenya), Angaza Elimu an edtech startup (Kenya), automated cybersecurity as a service Tabiri Analytics Inc (Rwanda), and PayWay Ethiopia a digitized payments startup (Ethiopia).
West Africa took the lion’s share with 7 startups, 6 of which came from Nigeria. They are consumer goods protection startup Chekkit, cloud-based hospital GeroCare, healthtech first responder startup Emergency Response Africa, a mental healthtech startup Nguvu Health, digitized pharmacy and healthcare platform OneHealth, tech financing platform extending credit to healthcare sector Vittas International, and Tendo (Ghana) a no-cost online selling platform.
South Africa took three slots with deep AI-powered medical images abnormally detection startup Envisionit Deep AI, digital ecosystem platform Khula!, and digital payments online platform Whoosh. North Africa was represented by Third.Design from Tunisia.