The third Launchpad Accelerator Africa class supports entrepreneurship on the continent.
The third class is scheduled to commence on April 1 2019, it involves 12 startups from six African countries – Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda. Among these startups, 6 have female co-founders and 9 are either AI-enabled or have AI potential.
“These companies will join other startups in the Launchpad programme, present and past, that are using technology to create a positive impact on key industries in their region. We look forward to supporting and connecting them with startup ecosystems around the world,” says Fola Olatunji-David, Google’s head of Startup Success and Services, Launchpad Africa.
54Gene (Nigeria): Improves drug discovery by researching multiple genetically diverse African populations.
WellaHealth (Nigeria): A pharmacy marketplace for affordable high quality disease-care (For Instance malaria treatment) driven by artificial intelligence.
ScholarX (Nigeria): An education startup that connects high potential students with funding opportunities to help them advance in their studies.
Data Integrated Limited (Kenya): Automates and digitises SME payments, connecting the street to high finance.
Kwara (Kenya): Provides a rich digital banking platform to established fair lenders such as credit unions or savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs), with an open API to enable and accelerate their inclusion into the formal financial ecosystem.
OkHi (Kenya): A physical addressing platform for emerging markets that is on a mission to enable the 4 billion without a physical address to “be included”.
Tambua Health Inc. (Kenya): The Tambua App turns a normal smartphone into a powerful, non-invasive diagnostic tool for Tuberculosis and Pneumonia. It uses a cough sound acoustic signature, symptoms, risk factors and clinical information to come up with a diagnostic report.
Instadiet.me (Egypt): Connects patients to credible nutritionists and dietitians online to help them maintain a healthy and optimal weight.
PAPS (Senegal): A logistics startup with a strong client-care orientation, focused on last mile delivery in the domestic market that features live tracking, an intelligent address system and automatic dispatch.
Voyc.ai (South Africa): Voyc.ai’s CX Research Platform helps companies understand their customers by turning their customer research into insights, personas and customer journey maps.
Zelda Learning (South Africa): Provides free online career guidance for students looking to enter university and then links them to funding and study opportunities.
Swipe2pay (Uganda) – A web and mobile payments solution that democratises electronic payments for SMEs by making it easy for them to accept mobile as a mode of payment.