In its effort to touch the lives of its customers, Google continues to assist startups through its Accelerator Initiative. That been said, Google has completed the training and mentoring of 11 start-ups that participated in its second Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme aimed at supporting tech entrepreneurs on the continent.
The Launchpad Accelerator programme consisted of Startups from six countries across Africa which are Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Egypt, Uganda, and South Africa.
Here are the names of the Startups as released by the organizers – AppZone, Medsaf, Thank U Cash and Formplus – from Nigeria benefited from the mentorship initiative that lasted for three months.
Others are Chalkboard Education (Ghana), Cloud9xp (Kenya), Ezy Agric (Uganda), Mintrics (Egypt), PayGo Energy (Kenya): Pineapple (South Africa), and Preeva (South Africa).
Fola Olatunji-David who is the Head, Start-up Success and Services, Launchpad Africa spoke during the launch of the second cohort of the initiative in Lagos. He mentioned that the first Launchpad Accelerator Africa class saw 12 start-ups graduate, with more than 20 teams from Google and 40 mentors from nine countries supporting them. And also the start-ups created 132 direct jobs, raised over $7m in funding and that approximately 4.5 million people were using their products.
Olatunji-David said though the programme did not operate on a quota system, adding that about 10 to 12 start-ups were selected per class based on their relevance and contribution to the economy.
In three years, Google, through its Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme aims to provide African start-ups with over $3m in equity-free support, working space, and access to expert advisers from Google, Silicon Valley, and Africa.
If you are a startup, and you are interested in the Launchpad Accelerator Programme, read more about it and how to apply here. Google is now accepting applications from start-ups in 17 countries across the continent including Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Cameroon, Botswana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire and the existing six – Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, for class 3 cohorts.