Nine African startups have been selected so far to join the summer 2021 cohort Y Combinator accelerator, with each receiving US$125,000 in seed funding as well as additional investment opportunities at a demo day.

They are among the 117 (more will be announced as the programme progresses) that have been confirmed to be participate in the accelerator programme.

The S21 batch of Y Combinator will comment this month and round off in September with a demo day.

Meet the 9 African Startups:


  1.  Mecho Autotech, which connects car users with mechanics and smart part vendors; 
  2. Suplias, a B2B marketplace for mom and pop stores;
  3. Lemonade Finance, a multi-currency payments solution.


  1. Licensed online insurance brokerage Amenli,
  2. Car parts marketplace Odiggo
  3.  ShipBlu, a last mile e-commerce delivery and fulfillment company.


  1. Chari, an e-commerce and fintech app for traditional retailers,
  2.  Freterium, a collaborative SaaS platform that connects organizations, people and technologies in the logistics value chain.

South Africa  

  1. Floatpays, an on-demand wage access platform, completes the list.

During the Y Combinator Winter ‘21 batch demo day in March, ten African tech startups took to the virtual stage to pitch to an audience of investors, press, alumni, and other interested parties.

Musa Suleiman
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