Four Nigerian startups, one from Kenya and another from South Africa will join twenty-seven others in the fourth class of Google’s Launchpad Accelerator.
The startups are
- Delivery Science (Nigeria): Mobile forms to help large organizations get field data
- Gidi Mobile Limited (Nigeria): gidimo is a mobile learning platform that uses mastery learning & social gamification to deliver personal advancement, in a fun way, and at unprecedented scale
- Flutterwave (Nigeria): Flutterwave is building technology and infrastructure for digital commerce across Africa starting with Rave, an app that helps merchants accept mobile money, cards and bank account payments across 4 African countries.
- Paystack (Nigeria): We help businesses in Africa accept payments from their customers.
- JUMO Marketplace (South Africa): Jumo is the largest scale, lowest cost financial services marketplace for emerging markets
- Twiga Foods Ltd (Kenya) : A tech-enabled sourcing and distribution platform that replaces informal wholesale markets for the millions of small and medium size food and FMCG retailers in Africa’s urban markets.
This is the first time African startups are joining their peers from Asia and Latin America.
Launchpad Accelerator includes intensive mentoring from 20+ Google teams, and expert mentors from top technology companies and VCs in Silicon Valley. Participants receive equity-free support, credits for Google products, and continue to work closely with Google back in their home country during the 6-month program.
Google is expanding the curriculum saying that they’ll help the startups dig deeper into machine learning and AI, to help them leverage Google’s latest technologies to scale their apps.
Class 4 kicks off July 17th, 2017 at the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco and will include 2 weeks of all-expense-paid training.
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