In March, Google revealed the startups that will participate in the first Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa class. The search giant announced the first Launchpad Accelerator Africa class on 9 November and applications closed on 10 December 2017. Launchpad Accelerator Africa is a programme for top early-stage African startups that will operate out of Lagos, Nigeria. Three months down the line, the startups have been mentored and trained by seasoned professionals and they have graduated.
The startups are:
Babymigo – a trusted social community for expecting mothers and young parents.
Kudi – Nigeria – payment for Africa through messaging.
OkadaBooks – Nigeria – a social platform that allows users to easily create, spread and sell their stories/books/documents in a matter of minutes.
Piggybank.ng – Nigeria – allows Africans put aside little amounts of money periodically till they reach a savings target.
Riby – Nigeria – a peer-to-peer banking platform for cooperatives and their members that allow them to save, borrow and invest, together.
Thrive Agric – Nigeria – crowdfunds investments for smallholder farmers, and provide this to them in form of inputs, tech-driven advisory and access to the market.
Pezesha – Kenya – a scalable Peer to Peer microlending marketplace that allows Kenyans to loan to Kenyans, securely, via mobile money using big data and credit analytics.
Flexpay – Kenya – an automated and secured layaway e-commerce system.
OMG Digital – Ghana – a media platform that produces hyper-local, engaging and entertaining content African millennials love to consume and share.
swiftVEE – South Africa – a platform for connecting livestock agencies to a network of buyers and sellers.
TangoTv – Tanzania – a media streaming and video on demand service for African local content; films and shows.
Teheca – Uganda – helps families and individuals find the right health care providers/workers in Uganda.