Like most events happening in 2020, Google too has had to change its approach to its annual Africa Accelerator initiative by taking the sessions for this three-month long bootcamp online.
To that end Google says the 20 startups it has selected for Class 5 of the bootcamp will take part in one-week long virtual sessions every month between 29th June and 11th September this year.
The fact that things are heading online also sees the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa change up its usual format from two different bootcamps over the space of one year, to the aforementioned combined group of 20.
As has been the case in previous years, the selected startups come from a number of different countries across the African continent, and cut across a myriad industries.
To that end, the startups selected this time around come from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. The industries they are developing solutions for include logistics, transportation, education, agriculture, ecommerce, media, health and professional services.
The 20 startups for Class 5 are as follows:
- Adi+Bolga (Ghana) – Adi+Bolga uses technology to provide virtual skincare consultations and accurate personalised product recommendations to consumers.
- AmiTruck (Kenya) – Amitruck is a digital platform that seeks to bring trust, transparency and efficiency to logistics by using technology to connect cargo owners and transporters.
- Beamm (South Africa) – Beamm allows users to make Hollywood style CGI and VFX videos with ease.
- BuuPass (Kenya) – BuuPass works with transport operators to provide digital solutions that seamlessly facilitate convenient and reliable movement of commuters.
- Crediation (Kenya) – Crediation empowers tech startups to lend to their customers. It provides APIs and a dashboard to allow its partners to access funds for lending and process loans.
- Credpal (Nigeria) – CredPal develops consumer credit infrastructure to ease consumer credit purchases, and enable retail businesses to provide on-demand credit for consumers in Africa.
- Crop2Cash (Nigeria) – Crop2Cash is an offline accessible platform for farmers making it possible for them to pay, get paid, and access agricultural credit via USSD while assuring financial institutions of their lending capital.
- Curacel (Nigeria) – Curacel is a Claims and Fraud Detection Platform for African insurers.
- Festival Coins (Nigeria) – Festival Coins is a suite of tools to help event organisers produce better events, with features including online ticketing, access control, cashless payments, and event reporting.
- Franc (South Africa) – Franc.app is an investment app that helps first time investors realise their dreams by providing access to the best cash and equity funds without minimums or restrictions.
- Ilara Health (Kenya) – Ilara Health brings essential diagnostic support and impactful software products to patients and providers across peri-urban sub-Saharan Africa, who currently are unable to access these basic life-saving tools.
- Judy (Nigeria) – The smart, comprehensive database of African case law and legislation.
- Kaoun (Tunisia) – Kaoun enables unbanked and underbanked individuals and businesses to access financial services through identification, payment and credit solutions.
- Send (Nigeria) – Digital freight forwarder and customs broker for Africa.
- Stears (Nigeria) – Stears is a trusted provider of high-quality African information that improves decision-making.
- The Smarthub (Nigeria) – A platform to build and develop smart ideas for social impact, scalability and investment.
- Thumeza (Zimbabwe) – A next-generation logistics platform utilising data in order to optimise the logistics function for enterprises.
- Uzapoint (Kenya) – UzaPoint is an enterprise resource planning tool that enhances the efficiency, profitability and business intelligence of small scale businesses in retail.
- Zayride (Ethiopia) – Zayride provides reliable, timely, and safe cab services using technologically enabled dispatch systems and integrated mobile money systems for payment.
- Zuka Data Science (Kenya) – A blended learning platform with engaging data science programs designed by experts to enable individuals and organisations at all levels become data fluent.
With the Africa Accelerator having already assisted 47 startups to date since beginning in 2018, it should be interesting where this latest group ends up.[Image – Photo by Mitchell Luo on Unsplash]