Google betting on more on African startups and developers

Google is expanding its regional mentorship programme for top early-stage technology startups in Africa from six to seventeen African countries barely eight months since its inception.

The seventeen countries include veterans Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa, and newcomers Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Botswana, Senegal, Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.

At stake is $3 million in funding, working space and access to expert advisers from Silicon Valley and Africa, over the next three years.

In order to benefit, the startup must seek to find solutions to a need in its home city, country or Africa, and create value for its users.

Twelve startups have been selected to join the next class, six of which are Nigerian, two are Kenyan with one each from Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa.

Here’s a list of the twelve startups.

Babymigo (Nigeria) – an online platform that connects expectant mothers and young parentswith experts and hyperlocal childcare services via short messaging, a mobile app and web portal.

FlexPay (Kenya) – an SMS-based platform that helps customers pay for essential goods and services piecemeal through their mobile phones.

Kudi (Nigeria) – a fintech startup that focuses on providing access to electronic banking and financial services.

OMG Digital (Ghana) – brings digital editorial brands for African millennials.

OkadaBooks – a marketplace for users in Africa to quickly publish, distribute and sell their digital content, and for users to access cheaper books than conventional bookstores via a digital device.

Pezesha (Kenya) – peer to business lending market place that uses credit analytics to match lenders with creditworthy low income micro businesses looking to access affordable credit while generating great returns. (Nigeria) – an online savings platform that securely makes saving possible by combining discipline plus flexibility.

Riby (Nigeria) – provides solutions that manages Collaborative and Community-based access to finance, peer-to-peer lending and saving groups.

Swift Vee – an agri-platform addressing water scarcity, food security and market efficiency for the livestock sector.

Tango-TV – a video-on-demand service for African content that enables users to stream their favorite films, shows and TV episodes.

Teheca – a digital health service start-up that creates better experiences for invalids and mothers during pregnancy, delivery and postnatal care.

Thrive Agric – an agritech platform that uses crowdfunding to provide farmers with inputs, technology driven advice and access to the market.


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