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Nigeria’s mDoc Selected for Google for Startups Accelerator on SDGs

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mDoc, a Nigerian healthtech startup has been selected for the maiden edition of Google for Startups Accelerator on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

mDoc which utilizes a digital platform and in-person hubs to support people living with chronic diseases was chosen alongside 10 other startups from different parts of the world.

The startups were selected based on their vision to address the challenges outlined in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals including poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice.

In November, last year, Google announced the Google for Startups Accelerator on the Sustainable Development Goals.

The goal of the program is to help founders build technology to solve serious issues facing the world. The winners were selected from almost 1,200 applications received from 73 countries in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa; and with the assistance of an external jury to carefully evaluate each idea.

Each startup will work closely with engineers from over 20 Google teams, as well as other subject matter experts, to address product, engineering, business development, and funding challenges.

Yossi Matias, Google’s Vice President, Engineering said: “In order to keep the program safe and accessible in light of COVID-19, the first two on-site events will now be digital.”

Virtual training will cover topics such as creating Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), UX Research & Behavioral Economics, ML Data Pipelines, and Data Visualization, and Strategies for Social Impact Fundraising.

The five-month program kicks off on 21 April, and a second cohort will be selected later in the year.

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