By Juliet Umeh
Search Engine Platform, Google, has said its Class 5 startup programme, Startups Accelerator Africa will resume online.
Previously called Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa, Google for Startups Accelerator Africa Class 5 will commence as one combined class of 20 startups, rather than the two classes per year held previously. The program will run for the usual 3 months, with a one week ‘virtual bootcamp’ per month, from 29 June until 11 September 2020.
It said: “The selected pools of startups for Google for Startups Accelerator Africa 2020 are from
Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. And the startups cut across an array of industries including logistics, transportation, education, agriculture, e-commerce, media, health and professional services.
Also, the 20 selected startups are: CredPal from Nigeria that developed consumer credit infrastructure to ease consumer credit purchases, and enable retail businesses to provide on-demand credit for consumers in Africa; Adi+Bolga from Ghana that uses technology to provide virtual skincare consultations and accurate personalized product recommendations to consumers; Amitruck from Kenya, it is a digital platform that seeks to bring trust, transparency and efficiency to logistics by using technology to connect cargo owners and transporters.
Others include: Beamm from South Africa. It allows users to make Hollywood style CGI and VFX videos with ease; Curacel from Nigeria, a Claims and Fraud Detection Platform for African insurers; Crediation from Kenya, the startup 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, among others.
Googls said: “Since its launch in 2018, the Google for Startups Accelerator programme has worked with 47 startups from 17 African countries: Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. They have contributed to economic prosperity & empowerment by collectively raising millions of dollars in investment, and creating hundreds of jobs.