Google for Startups Accelerator (formerly known as Launchpad) Africa has announced the 20 startups that will be participating in its 5th cohort.
Google for Startups Accelerator (formerly known as Launchpad) Africa has admitted 20 startups for Class 5 which will be done remotely instead of 12 as it were previously. The program will run for the usual 3 months, with a one week ‘virtual bootcamp’ per month, beginning 29th June until 11th September 2020.
The selected pool of startups for this new class of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa 2020 are from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia & Zimbabwe. The startups cut across an array of industries like logistics, transportation, education, agriculture, e-commerce, media, health and professional services.
Below are the six selected startups from Kenya:
Amitruck is an innovative mobile and web-based trucking logistics platform that brings together cargo owners and transporters for their mutual benefit. By matching cargo owners with trucking logistics professionals through a digital competitive bidding process, Amitruck brings trust and transparency into the African logistics sector.
Founded in 2018 by Mark Mwangi, Amitruck’s solution cuts out expensive middlemen whilst increasing security as all drivers and vehicles are vetted and goods in transit insured.
Earlier this year, the startup secured funding from GreenTec Capital to support the company’s growth plans and further scaling.
BuuPass works with transport operators to provide digital solutions that seamlessly facilitate the convenient and reliable movement of commuters.
The service which is available online (buupass.com) and through USSD code allows customers to book from a choice of local bus companies and make their payments through mobile money service, M-Pesa. Customers can also choose their preferred travel date, time and seat number.
BuuPass which was formerly known as Magic Bus Ticketing was founded by Wyclife Omondi, Iman Cooper, and Sonia Kabra and it is Kenya’s first online marketplace for bus, air and train bookings providing a faster and easier way to book.
In 2016, the startup secured US$1 million from the Hult Prize, a startup accelerator for budding young social entrepreneurs.
Crediation is a FinTech startup empowers tech startups to lend to their customers.
Founded in 2018 by Ryosuke Yamawaki and Samuel Magondu, Crediation provides APIs and a dashboard to allow our other startups to access funds for lending and process loans. The startup provides the necessary capital as well as a-la-carte loan tools via their various APIs.
The startup is backed by Japanese venture capital firm SBI Investment and African-based venture capital firm Kepple Africa Ventures.
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.
The startup which was founded in 2018 by Emilian Popa, Amaan Banwait and Hannes Eckmayr provides tech-powered diagnostic equipment at affordable prices to healthcare facilities who then pay for them over some time.
The startup proprietary electronic medical record (EMR) systems record patient data and help doctors to provide effective patient management and also sends customized health tips and reminders to patients based on their condition.
Last year, Ilara Health raised US$735 000 in seed funding from a group of angel investors and venture capital (VC) firms including ShakaVC.
The startup has also received US$25,000 grant funding Tamer Fund for Social Ventures, a Columbia Business School program
UzaPoint is an enterprise resource planning tool that enhances the efficiency, profitability and business intelligence of small scale businesses in retail.
Founded in 2016 by Abraham Mbuthia, UzaPoint enables businesses to make more informed decision through the business intelligence tool which gives them real-time information about their sales and stock levels enabling efficiency and profitability.
Its mobile application UP Duka, enables shop owners to manage their physical shop’s inventory, sales, purchases, expenses, creditors, debtors among many other cumbersome day’s operations.
Zuka Data Science
Zuka is a blended learning platform with engaging Data Science programs designed by experts to enable individuals and organisations at all levels become Data Fluent.
Founded in 2019 by Victor Mutua, Zuka has developed 20-week immersive foundations and advanced 10-Month Fullstack programs designed to tackle the Human Capital deficit in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.
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