Fifteen African startups have been selected to join the inaugural Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders Africa program.
This is an extension of the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa program established in 2017, but with a strong focus on women, empowering and supporting female founders by providing resources and opportunities to help them scale.
Beginning in March 2023, the 12-week program will include monthly training camps. Selected participants will have access to Google products, resources, tools and technologies. They will also have access to mentorship from industry experts, networking opportunities and connections to investors to help support the growth of their start-ups.
Google also announced the launch of Hustle Academy, a bootcamp-style training program designed to help entrepreneurs grow revenue, prepare for investment, and build sustainable businesses for the future.
The company plans to run six women-focused Hustle Academy programs in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa throughout March 2023.
Women entrepreneurs from these countries are invited to apply to join these cohorts here.
Successful startups selected for this inaugural cohort are from:
- Kenya (5)
- Nigeria (3)
- Rwanda (2)
- Congo (1)
- South Africa (1)
- Tanzania (1)
- Cameroon (1)
- Ghana (1)
Here are the 15 selected startups:
1.) eWaka (Kenya)
eWAKA is a platform for commuter and commercial micromobility fleets in Kenya.
According to its website, eWaka combines hardware, software and services to address the continent’s growing urban mobility needs while addressing the key climate challenges of this critical industry.
The startup has an integrated platform solutions approach that it says removes many of the operational challenges typically associated with electric vehicle businesses.
2.) Lifeline for Farmers (Kenya)
Farmer Lifeline is a Kenyan start-up developing crop disease and pest detection devices (CDD).
CDD detects crop pests and diseases early and sends text messages to farmers. The device connects to an online API database, enabling it to send recommendations for fertilizers or chemicals to apply to detected pests or crop diseases.
3.) MosMos (Kenya)
Also from Kenya is MosMos, a startup that allows users to pay in installments. MosMos has partnerships with various sellers to provide users with the best prices.
The startup also operates a Crypto commerce website.
4.) GoBeba (Kenya)
GoBEBA is an on-demand retailer of essential home goods. The service delivers everyday immediate needs such as gas, water, beverages and other groceries to customers’ doorsteps within an hour.
GoBeba operates a network of dark stores (micro-fulfillment centers) in popular areas to ensure orders get to you quickly.
5.) Zydii (Kenya)
Zydii provides virtual training and Crypto learning solutions to MasterCard Foundation, Uber and others to help develop a skilled, competent and experienced team.
Services provided include:
- Localized African prices
- Training Price Conversion
- Online and offline learning platform
6.) Alajo App (Nigeria)
It is a Nigerian savings app with a mission to provide financial opportunity and convenience to the unbanked and underbanked population in Nigeria.
- Alajo uses mobile technology and correspondent banking to improve cash flow, eliminate errors and increase profits for its users
- Simplify Savings with USSD Infrastructure
- Agent system, agents enter the job through the platform
7.) Maxibuy (Nigeria)
Maxibuy enables individuals and businesses to buy in bulk or share their purchases with other shoppers. Products come directly from farmers, distributors and manufacturers, making them fresher and less expensive.
8.) Tyms Africa (Nigeria)
Products and solutions created by Tyms span smart (artificial intelligence) financial instruments, community-based savings (ROSCA), investment and microfinance platforms.
9.) Hepta Pay (Rwanda)
Hepta Analytics’ is a start-up company from Rwanda that works across the various practice areas of data science and analytics to turn data into decisions that drive business growth.
“We move customers to the intersection of infrastructure, data science and software engineering, where the true value of data can be realized.”
10.) Smart Ikigega (Rwanda)
Smart Ikigega has created a database system that allows the agricultural sector to easily connect with other sectors in different ways, thus making agriculture more Crypto.
Farmers added to the database are assigned a “Farmer Code” which allows them to interact with other products in the Smart Ikigega system.
Some of the startup’s offerings include:
- harvest insurance
- Direct Mobile Loans
- Receive Harvest Payments Digitally
11.) Afriwell Health (Congo)
Afriwell Health offers an app that connects patients with their healthcare professionals quickly and efficiently. The platform provides access to patients in remote areas and helps overcome the shortage of generalist and specialist physicians. Telemedicine is also one of its products.
12.) Jem HR (South Africa)
The South African startup has built an HR system for employees and employers with the “deskless” workforce in mind. According to Jem, 80% of the world’s workforce does not sit at a desk, and they number 2.7 billion people in industries such as manufacturing, agriculture, retail, hospitality, logistics, and more.
The system can be integrated with existing HR systems while allowing integration with other Crypto tools like Whatsapp.
13.) Kola Market (Ghana)
Kola Market leverages artificial intelligence and other Crypto tools to provide marketing and consistent sales to SMEs.
“We solve the most costly problem for any SME: Unsellable stock. We give your business a cost-effective way to reach customers and make sales. Let us help you clean up your store or warehouse”
14.) Mipango (Tanzania)
Mipango is described as financial data analysis, education, money management, and recommendation software for financial institutions, as well as a mobile app for the unbanked.
The app provides users with multiple wallet options such as utilities, staking, transfer between wallets, spending for a specific budget/target wallet, view spending and income analysis.
15.) Suitch (Cameroon)
Suitch is a fintech startup that offers a variety of products to companies and individuals.
- P2P transfer
- cash in/cash out
- physical card or virtual card
- instant loan
Companies can also benefit from instant payroll loans, MSE loans, gift cards, mobile point of sale.
“We are delighted to announce that the inaugural price of our Google for Startups Accelerator Africa: Women Founders Cohort has been selected as a startup. These women are tackling some of Africa’s most pressing challenges and we are excited to support They provide support,” said Folarin Aiayegbusi, head of Google’s Africa Startup Ecosystem.
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