The qualifying firms for Microsoft’s inaugural accelerator program, which will begin March 21, 2022, have been unveiled in collaboration with Flapmax.
The FAST program, run by Microsoft, received 800 applications from 25 African nations. Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, and Egypt received the most applications from a diverse variety of areas. AgTech, EdTech, HealthTech, and FinTech were among the industries with the most participants.
During the 12-week boot camp, the founders of the firms will participate in activities such as company growth, cloud and AI integration, fundraising, and community building, all of which will help them scale and remain sustainable.
Working on co-innovation projects with Microsoft technical teams will benefit the participants. They will also have access to new technological tools and services thanks to the Flapmax engineering team’s assistance. Flapmax combines AI technologies to assist businesses in developing more sustainable goods.
Here are the qualifying startups;
- Silqu– This is a prop-tech platform in real estate and technology.
- Snark Health – Partner with your doctor. Leverage your data. Pay less.
- K-12 EdTech – Kindergarten to 12th-grade education app
- Taimba – East Africa’s first Data-driven food supply chain platform.
From Nigeria :
- Casa Technology – Online platform to buy and sell invoices for businesses in Africa
- LegitCar– Building Africa’s biggest vehicle data service
- Pade HCM– Automated HR for all African businesses
- DayDone– eCommerce platform digitising the agriculture market
- Tanzania : Tuamini La Maisha– Pediatric Oncology services
- Ghana : Wala Digital Health – Platform for hospitals to access blood and save lives
- Uganda: KaCyber Technologies– Seeking to make Seamless Mobility a reality
- Egypt : VAIS– Comprehensive precision agriculture platform powered by AI & earth observation
In addition to the training, the startups will get $250,000 in Microsoft Azure cloud credits, Participants will benefit from up to $250,000 in Microsoft Azure cloud credits, access to Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, and Microsoft for Startups Founders Hub, including access to OpenAI APIs.
Applicants had to be headquartered in Africa, ready to scale or develop inside the continent, and have a proven product-market fit while meeting one or more Sustainable Development Goals to be eligible for the FAST program (SDG).