Google has announced the 12 startups that will be joining its second edition of the Launchpad Accelerator Africa Class. The startups will be going to Google’s acceleration program house in Lagos, Nigeria where the startups from the first edition of the program graduated. The acceleration program will run for three months, and will feature intense training.
The startups get mentorship from over 20 teams from Google and 40 mentors from across nine countries that have partnered with Google for the Launchpad Accelerator program. The twelve startups are as follows:
|PayGo Energy (Kenya)||Cloud9xp (Kenya)||Appzone (Nigeria)|
|Formplus (Nigeria)||Medsaf (Nigeria)||Thank U Cash (Nigeria)|
|Chalkboard Education (Ghana)||Pineapple (South Africa)||Preeva (South Africa)|
|EzyAgric (Uganda)||Mintrics (Egypt)|
For the second edition of the accelerator program, Google is reported to have received at least 250 applications, including from startups who graduated from the first edition of the program. Others were referred to the program by the Launchpad Accelerator mentors.
Speaking of the 12 startups from the first edition of the program. It is reported that these folks went on to create at least 132 jobs. Between themselves, they also raised over $7 million in funding, and collectively, their products have so far been used by approximately 4.5 million people.
“The growth of entrepreneurship in Africa is critical to the survival of our continent. We’re currently as a region creating about three million jobs per year, while more than 11 million job seekers are entering the market,” said Fola Olatunji-David, Head of Startup Success and Services, at Launchpad Accelerator Africa.
“Google believes that empowering entrepreneurs and startups is essential to drive employment growth, and enable both economic and social development on the continent.”