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Google enrols African start-ups for accelerator initiative

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Ife Ogunfuwa

Google has enrolled start-ups from six African countries into its Class four of its Launchpad Accelerator Africa initiative holding in Lagos.

A statement by the global content provider stated that the start-ups had collectively generated more than $600,000 in revenue over the past six months.

According to the statement, the start-ups are addressing challenges in in six sectors, including access to financial services, education, and agriculture.

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Google said since Launchpad Accelerator Africa was first announced in late 2017, the programme had helped 35 start-ups achieve growth, raise millions of dollars in investments, and create hundreds of jobs across the continent.

“We continue to be impressed by the quality of start-ups that apply to the Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme,” the Programme’s Head of Start-up Success and Services, Fola Olatunji-David said. “Class four is no exception and we expect them to build on the successes of the previous three classes.”

“With every class, we’ve been able to refine the programme, improve our support for the participating start-ups and understand the contexts they operate in,” Olatunji-David added. “These start-ups have worked hard to grow their businesses, understand what they needed to do and in some cases pivot their entire model.”

As with each class, all the selected start-ups receive working space, and access to expert advisers from Google, Silicon Valley, and Africa. Participants also receive travel and PR support during each three-month programme.

Some of the 12 selected start-ups, according to Google are: Afara Partners from Nigeria;

BrandBook (South Africa); Elewa (Kenya); Eversend(Uganda); OZE (Ghana); and Phenomenal Technologies(Zimbabwe.

Others are REACH (Nigeria); Sortd (South Africa); TradeBuza (Nigeria; Tunlaa (Kenya);

XEND (Nigeria); and WorkPay (Kenya).

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