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  • 5th cohort will be done remotely
  • 20 startups selected instead of 12

Google has announced 20 African startups that will participate in the 5th cohort of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa (formerly launchpad).

Of the 20 selected, 8 are Nigerian startups while others are from Ethiopia (1), Ghana (1), Kenya (6), South Africa (2), Tunisia (1), and Zimbabwe (1).

Making the announcement in a blog post, Onajite Emerhor, Head of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa said that class 5 will be held remotely in order to adapt to the ‘new normal’.

“Adapting to this new normal, Google for Startups Accelerator ( formerly known as Launchpad) Africa Class 5 will be done remotely.

“This year, we will be hosting one combined class, with 20 startups instead of 12. The program will run for the usual 3 months, with a one week ‘virtual bootcamp’ per month, beginning 29th June until 11th September 2020.”

Reinstating the commitment of Google to supporting African startups, Emerhor added that “the startups cut across an array of industries like logistics, transportation, education, agriculture, e-commerce, media, health and professional services.”

The Selected Startups For 5th cohort of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa



CredPal develops consumer credit infrastructure to ease consumer credit purchase, and enable retail businesses to provide on-demand credit for consumers in Africa.


Crop2Cash is an offline accessible platform for farmers making it possible for them to pay, get paid, access agricultural credit via USSD while assuring financial institutions of their lending capital.


Curacel is a Claims & Fraud Detection Platform for African Insurers.

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Festival Coins

Festival Coins is a suite of tools to help event organizations produce better events, with features including online ticketing, access control, cashless payments, and event reporting.


Digital Freight forwarder and customs broker for Africa.


Stears is a trusted provider of high-quality African information that improves decision making.

The Smarthub

SaaS for hospitals and a Digital hospital with multiple physical locations and more than 200 Doctors with its own Ambulance hailing service.


The smart, comprehensive database of African case law and legislation.


Ilara Health

Ilara Health brings essential diagnostic support and impactful software products to patients and providers across peri-urban sub-Saharan Africa who currently are unable to access these basic life-saving tools.


UzaPoint is an enterprise resource planning tool that enhances the efficiency, profitability, and business intelligence of small scale businesses in retail.

Zuka Data Science

A blended Learning Platform with engaging Data Science programs designed by experts to enable individuals and organisations at all levels to become Data Fluent.


Amitruck is a digital platform that seeks to bring trust, transparency, and efficiency to logistics by using technology to connect cargo owners and transporters.


BuuPass works with transport operators to provide digital solutions that seamlessly facilitate the convenient and reliable movement of commuters.


Crediation empowers tech startups to lend to their customers. We provide APIs and a dashboard to allow our partners to access funds for lending and process loans.

South Africa


Beamm allows users to make Hollywood style CGI and VFX videos with ease.


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Adi+Bolga uses technology to provide virtual skincare consultations and accurate personalised product recommendations to consumers.



Kaoun enables unbanked and underbanked individuals and businesses access to financial services through identification, payment and credit solutions.



Zayride provides reliable, timely, and safe cab services using technologically enabled dispatch systems and integrated mobile money systems for payment.



A next-generation logistics platform utilising data in order to optimise the logistics function for enterprises.

Since its launch in 2018, the Google for Startups Accelerator program has worked with 47 startups from 17 African countries: Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

They have contributed to economic prosperity & empowerment by collectively raising millions of dollars in investment, and creating hundreds of jobs.

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