Tanzania SmartClass joined 15 startups selected for Google for Startups Accelerator Africa 2022

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Google has announced the participants in Google for Startups Accelerator Africa Class 7, with the selected startups set to receive access to mentorship and expert advice over the course of the three-month programme.

Announced in 2017, the Google for Startups Accelerator Africa is a three-month programme connecting early-stage African tech startups with the best of Google’s products, people and advanced technology.

The seventh class includes 15 tech startups from seven African countries and was selected from thousands of applications, with the final selection based on product stage, programme alignment and market fit.

  1. Clafiya (Nigeria): Clafiya connects patients to health practitioners to provide fast and affordable on-demand primary care services in Africa.
  2. Fleetsimplify (Kenya): Fleetsimplify is a fleet management platform for shared mobility.
  3. HydroIQ (Kenya): HydroIQ is a virtual water network that gives consumers and utilities a single, transparent platform to manage their water consumption and management.
  4. iVerify.ng (Nigeria): iVerify.ng is a digital identity onboarding platform.
  5. LaRuche Health (Côte d’Ivoire): LaRuche Health offers inclusive apps that simplify care delivery and improve patient access to preventive healthcare services.
  6. LyRise (Egypt): LyRise is a platform that provides companies with an easier, faster way to hire and work with vetted AI and data talents from Africa.
  7. MDaaS Global (Nigeria): MDaas builds and operates modern, technology-enabled diagnostic services in clinically-underserved communities in Nigeria.
  8. Multiplied (South Africa): Multiplied offers data-driven design at scale through infinite personalised content for marketing.
  9. Nulitics (South Africa): Nulitics is a specialist Mixed Reality (XR) software development and system integrator focusing on XR wearable technology.
  10. Ridelink (Uganda): Ridelink makes cargo mobility affordable and accessible for small businesses at the tap of a button.
  11. SmartClass (Tanzania): SmartClass is a skill-learning network that enables youth to learn from their peers.
  12. Sukhiba (Kenya): Sukhiba is a decentralised community-based commerce platform.
  13. Terawork (Nigeria): Terawork is a pan-African online freelance marketplace plugging African talent into the global workforce.
  14. The Marking App (South Africa): The Marking App provides a data-free application that automatically marks handwritten school assessments while automating school administration.
  15. truQ (Nigeria): truQ is a tech-enabled logistics platform automating and optimising short-haul (or intracity) logistics for automated retail distribution companies in Africa.

These startups will work with Google mentors and facilitators over the next three months to learn best practices on a variety of topics such as artificial intelligence, big data, organizational culture, growth strategies, and more. The Google for Startups Accelerator Africa programs are based on a virtual bootcamp concept that includes seminars, one-on-one coaching sessions, and peer-to-peer learning opportunities. The bootcamps will be held in March, April, and May.

The Google for Startups Accelerator Africa programme has supported 82 startups from 17 African countries over the past four years. Collectively, they have raised US$112 million and created 2,800 direct jobs. In this time, Google has invested US$5 million through a combination of equity-free funding and product credits for Google services.

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