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Nigerian Startups Make it to Google’s Launchpad Accelerator

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Nigerian Startups Make it to Google’s Launchpad Accelerator

Remember when Google opened their Accelerator Launchpad to Africa, well the selected startups have been announced and impressively, Nigeria took 4 of the 6 slots available to African startups (only Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa could be a part of it though.)

The African startups that made the cut include;

Twiga Foods Ltd

The only Kenyan startup selected, is 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.

For South Africa, Jumo is the largest scale, lowest cost financial services marketplace for emerging markets.

The Nigerian startups that were selected for acceleration are;

Delivery Science, a mobile forms to help large organizations get field data.

Gidi Mobile Limited, popularly known as “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 is no stranger here. It is a 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.

Also popular in the payments space, Paystack helps businesses in Africa accept payments from their customers. You can find the complete list of startups that made it here.

The Launchpad Accelerator will include intensive mentoring from 20+ Google teams, and expert mentors from top technology companies and VCs in Silicon Valley and participants will 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.

Class 4 kicks off July 17th, 2017 at the Google Developers Launchpad Space in San Francisco and will include a 2 week all-expense-paid training.

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