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Introducing Our New Cohort for the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First Program

A collage of diverse individuals alongside logos of companies such as "Famasi", "Logistify AI", "DialAfrika", and more, with a "Google for Startups" banner titled "AI First".
AI has the potential to make our lives better in so many ways. It can help us solve some of the world's biggest problems, like climate change and disease. Sundar Pichai
CEO, Google

As we stand on the brink of a technological renaissance, the role of AI in reshaping our world becomes increasingly evident. According to a McKinsey Global Institute report, AI could potentially augment Africa's GDP by a staggering $1.3 trillion by 2030, marking its undeniable potential to fuel solutions and drive economic prosperity.

In August, we commenced applications for the 'Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First' program to find startups using AI to navigate the challenges unique to Africa, while carving out solutions on a global scale.

Today, we are pleased to announce the selected startups (in alphabetical order):

  • 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): Innovating 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.

As these startups commence their immersive 10-week accelerator journey, they will not just tap into Google's AI expertise and a $350k in Google Cloud Credits but also dive deep into a growth experience through mentorship sessions, specialised technical insights, and extensive networking opportunities await them, to help them expand their horizons and amplify their impact.

Join us in congratulating the trailblazers.