The fund enables early-stage black-founded startups on the continent, bridging the funding gap that exists for black startup founders in Africa’s rapidly evolving technological landscape.
In addition to the grant funding, the 50 selected startups will receive Google Ad Grants and Cloud credits, as well as support from Google’s experienced experts. Google will deliver the funds to the selected startups across Africa in collaboration with Co-Creation Hub (CcHub), a leading tech community hub with locations in Nigeria, Kenya, and Rwanda.
Twenty-seven of the funded startups are from Nigeria, namely Babymigo (e-health), Bumpa (retail-tech), Chekkit (e-health), CredPal (fintech), Crop2Cash (agri-tech), Curacel (fintech), Emergency Response Africa (e-health), Formplus (data collection), GeroCare (e-health), Gradely (ed-tech), Gricd (energy), Hitch (ed-tech), ImaliPay (fintech), Lifestores (e-health), mDoc (e-health), Medsaf (e-health), My-Medicine (e-health), Pickmeup (transport), Reach (fintech), Send (fintech), Shecluded (fintech), Shopa (retail-tech), Tix Africa (events), Touch and Pay (fintech), TradeBuza (fintech), Treepz (transport) and Whispa (e-health).
Amitruck (logistics), Angaza Elimu (ed-tech), AquaRech (agri-tech), Finplus (fintech), MarketForce (retail-tech), Pezesha (fintech), Raise (fintech), and WorkPay (HR) are eight Kenyan companies, and another six from South Africa: Akiba Digital (fintech), Khula! (agri-tech), Kudoti (waste management), Oyi (e-health), Pineapple (fintech) and Whoosh (fintech).
Three are from Ghana (Grow For Me, agri-tech; Tendo, retail-tech; WayaMoney, fintech), and two from Rwanda (AC Group, logistics; and Bongalo, travel). The list is completed by Senegalese logistics platform Paps, Cameroonian e-health startup Infiuss Health, Zambian fintech Lupiya, and Ethiopian home services platform Taskmoby.
“We are proud to have been selected for funding and support by Google’s Black Founders Fund. Finplus is building a new kind of credit and commerce infrastructure for emerging markets, which is incredibly ambitious work in largely uncharted territory. To succeed we must employ a creative mix of both old and new technologies in innovative ways,” said Finplus chief executive officer (CEO) and co-founder Kageni Wilson.
“A number of these enablers are Google technologies and beyond the funding, cloud and marketing resources we are receiving from Google, we look forward to collaborating closely with their talented creators to push the boundaries of what these technologies can do on the continent when applied in novel ways.”
“Our mission is to put more money in women’s hands and adopting more advanced technology will allow us to reach more women. We are super excited about this grant, as well as the mentorship and support that comes with it. We look forward to all the meaningful impact it will make for the women in our network,” said Ifeoma Uddoh, founder and CEO of Shecluded.
“At Shecluded, we are seeing firsthand the urgent need for women to easily access key financial growth services. We believe that an advanced technology platform will go a long way to improve our ability to reach and provide these important resources to more women across more regions/locations.”