Google has unveiled the first cohort for its ‘Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First’ program.
The 11 startups, picked from a vast pool of innovative talent, are using cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence to address both Africa’s challenges and broader global issues.
The transformative power of AI in Africa is highlighted by a McKinsey report which suggests that AI could add $1.3 trillion to Africa’s GDP by 2030.
The selected startups will undergo a 10-week accelerator journey. Beyond benefiting from Google’s AI expertise and a $350k allocation in Google Cloud Credits, they’ll benefit from mentorship sessions, technical guidance, and networking opportunities to enhance their reach and impact.
The selected startups are;
- Avalon Health (South Africa): Empowers patients with streamlined online healthcare access and offers doctors digital tools to enhance care;
- Chatbots Africa (Ghana): Spearheading SMEs’ transition into the Social Commerce era with AI-driven online storefronts;
- Dial Afrika Inc (Kenya): Tailoring customer support tools for global businesses, with a focus on African SMBs.
- Famasi Africa (Nigeria): Building the OS for pharmacies in emerging markets.
- Fastagger Inc (Kenya): Using AI to amplify sales and loyalty, supporting MSMEs’ growth.
- Garri Logistics (Ethiopia): Digitalizing freight brokerage and transport services.
- Izifin (Nigeria): Providing an end-to-end credit infrastructure via API for small businesses.
- Lengo AI (Senegal): Launching the first Data-Driven OS for the Informal Sector.
- Logistify AI (Uganda): Minimising inventory losses in industrial facilities.
- Telliscope (Ethiopia): Offering an AI-enabled business intelligence platform.
- Vzy (Nigeria): Revolutionising website building with AI-driven tools that craft sites in mere minutes.
Folarin Aiyegbusi, Head of Startup Ecosystem, Africa, remarks, “At Google we’ve been working on AI for over a decade, and we’ve shown how useful AI is in our products and for developers externally. AI is not only a powerful enabler, it’s also a major platform shift. That’s why we’re focused on making it easy and scalable for others to innovate with AI. Our chosen startups for the ‘AI First’ program embody this vision, leveraging AI in pioneering ways to address both local and global challenges. We’re here excited to support and amplify their impact.”
Since 2017, Google has consistently supported African startups across diverse programs. Collectively, the startups have raised $263 million and created over 2,800 job opportunities.