Facebook runs a 12-week non-equity programme supporting innovative commerce startups that offer revamped shopping experiences for buyers and sellers. Among the e-commerce solutions Facebook is aiming for are those that offer:
- Technology that simplifies uploads and the management of online inventory
- Solutions that enrich product catalogs
- Shopping experiences that help buyers make informed decisions
- Solutions that drive innovation and enhance the shopping experience.
The commerce startups can be either B2B or B2C with Seed or Seed A funding. There must be evidence of growth in business revenue, with products that drive value. A diverse and focused leadership team is necessary to work with Facebook.
Here are the eight African startups shortlisted at the 2020 Facebook Accelerator:
- BoxCommerce from South Africa is a platform where MSMEs can create e-commerce websites, payments, and logistics for emerging markets.
- Convertedin from Egypt is an automated platform for both retailers and e-commerce businesses.
- FeedGeni from Ghana is a product feed generator helping merchants increase their sales and product visibility.
- OkHi from Kenya is building the next addressing system
- ShoppingFeeder from South Africa is a lead feed management and multi-channel marketing platform targeting online stores.
- WideBot from Egypt empowers businesses to build smart AI-powered chatbots.
- Digiduka from Kenya helps informal kiosks access digital inventories
- Botme an Egyptian e-commerce chatbot for small and medium-sized businesses.
You can check out more information on joining the programme here