Formerly, the Google Launchpad Accelerator Programme, the initiative, which launched in 2018, has worked with 47 startups across 17 African countries during the last four editions.
The 3-month programme includes:
Access to Google engineers and intensive mentoring from 20+ teams
Access to Silicon Valley experts and top local mentors
PR training and global media opportunities
Close partnership with Google for three months (new classes are accepted twice a year)
Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 programme has been moved online and startups will be required to participate remote from June 29th – September 11th, 2020.
Below is a list of the 20 startups selected for the programme:
Adi+Bolga (Ghana) – A Ghanaian health startup offering virtual skincare consultations and accurate personalized product recommendations to consumers
AmiTruc (Kenya) – A logistics platform seeking to bring trust, transparency and efficiency to logistics by using technology to connect cargo owners and transporters in Kenya
Beamm (South Africa) – A South African media startup enabling users make Hollywood style CGI and VFX videos with ease
BuuPass (Kenya) – A transport startup working with transport operators to provide digital solutions that seamlessly facilitate convenient and reliable movement of commuters in Kenya
CredPal (Nigeria) – Nigerian fintech startup developing consumer credit infrastructure to ease consumer credit purchase, and enable retail businesses to provide on-demand credit for consumers in Africa
Curacel (Nigeria) – A Nigerian Claims & Fraud Detection Platform for African Insurers
Crediation (Kenya) – Kenyan fintech startup empowering tech startups to lend to their customers via APIs and a dashboard to allow its partners access funds for lending and process loans
Crop2Cash (Nigeria) – An offline accessible platform for farmers making it possible for them to pay, get paid, access agricultural credit via USSD while assuring financial institutions of their lending capital in Nigeria
Franc (South Africa) – A South African investment app that helps first time investors realise their dreams by providing access to the best cash and equity funds without minimums or restrictions
Ilara Health (Kenya) – A Kenyan SaaS healthtech service bringing 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
Judy (Nigeria) – Nigerian legal startup offering a smart, comprehensive database of African case law and legislation
Kaoun (Tunisia) – A Tunisian blockchain-based fintech enabling unbanked and underbanked individuals and businesses access to financial services through identification, payment and credit solutions
Thumeza (Zimbabwe) – A next-generation logistics platform utilizing data in order to optimize the logistics function for enterprises in Zimbabwe
UzaPoint (Kenya) – A Kenyan enterprise retail planning tool and platform that enhances the efficiency, profitability and business intelligence of small scale businesses
ZayRide (Ethiopia) – A transport service providing reliable, timely, and safe cab services using technologically enabled dispatch systems and integrated mobile money systems for payment
Zuka Data Science (Kenya) – A Kenyan edtech blended learning platform with engaging Data Science programs designed by experts to enable individuals and organisations at all levels become Data Fluent
Kaoun has built Flouci, a payment solution that offers e-KYC, mobile payments and credit solutions built with distributed ledger technology. Flouci is a mobile wallet that allows merchant payments, cash in/cash out operations, peer to peer transfers, and domestic remittances especially designed to reach those currently excluded from formal financial institutions.
For the already banked population, it offers a more reliable and convenient suite of financial services.