Four Kenyan startups are among the 12 startup companies that will be part of Google’s ongoing efforts to support entrepreneurship in Africa.
This third class, which starts on 1 April 2019, involves 12 startups from six African countries – Egypt, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda. Of these 12 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.
Commenting during the announcement, Googe’s Head of Sartup Success and Services, Launchpad Africa said, “We look forward to supporting and connecting them with startup ecosystems around the world hence the reason why we are 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 regions.
The startups each receive; 3 months intense mentorship and support from Google, Cloud and Firebase Credits, Three weeks all-expense-paid training at Launchpad Accelerator Africa (Lagos and Nairobi), Access to Google engineers, resources, and mentors, during and after the programme as well as Inclusion in the Launchpad Accelerator Global Community and network of alumni and mentors.
In addition, Google’s global accelerator programme, Launchpad Accelerator, has already enrolled seven African startups (Twiga Foods, JUMO, Paystack, Delivery Science, Helium Health, Paylater and Aerobotics) and provided them with visibility, best-in-class mentorship and access to Google’s network in Silicon Valley.
On the ground, Google has expanded its Africa digital skills training programme to prepare 10 million people and businesses for the jobs of the future in the next five years. Additionally, Google announced US$20 million in grant funding from Google.org in 2017, which will go to startups that work to improve lives across Africa.
23 startups have already graduated from the first 2 Launchpad Accelerator Africa classes and the programme has so far helped the participating startups to create jobs and, collectively, raise millions of dollars in funding.
First announced in July 2017, Launchpad Accelerator Africa forms an important part of Google’s initiatives that support the African entrepreneurial ecosystem and builds on the Launchpad programmes already run in Africa, which have successfully connected over 200 African mentors with several hundred African tech startup entrepreneurs through one-week bootcamps in three different African cities over the last two years.