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Second cohort of Google for Startups Black Founders Fund revealed

Google has announced the 60 eligible Black-founded startups across Africa that have been selected for the second cohort of Google for Startups Black Founders Fund (BFF) for Africa. The startups joining the programme will receive a total of $4m in funding and support to enable them to scale up their ongoing work.
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Startups from South Africa include Agrikool, CreditAIs, Mapha, Rekisa and Technovera. Each of the selected startups will receive support in the form of a six-month training programme that includes access to a network of mentors to assist in tackling challenges that are unique to them.

They will also be part of tailored workshops, support networks and community-building sessions. The 60 grantees will also get non-dilutive awards of between $50,000 and $100,000 and up to $200,000 in Google Cloud credit.

The grantees, made up of 50% women-led businesses, hail from Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and Uganda. They specialise in sectors such as fintech, healthcare, e-commerce, logistics, agritech, education, hospitality and smart cities.

The top five countries with the most startups selected for the programme are Nigeria with twenty-three grantees, Kenya with twelve grantees, Rwanda with six grantees, South Africa with five grantees and Uganda with four grantees. Botswana and Senegal have one selected startup each, Cameroon and Ghana both have three grantees each while Ethiopia has two selected grantees.

Launched in April 2012, the Google for Startups program has created over 4,600 jobs and raised more than $290m in funding. The Google for Startups Black Founders Fund programme will introduce the grantees in Africa to Google's products, connections, and best practices which will help the founders to level the playing field as they build better products and services that add value to the Africa economy.

Below is the list of the 60 startups that were selected for the second cohort of the Black Founders Fund in Africa.

  1. Agrikool - South Africa
  2. Ajua - Kenya
  3. Awabah - Nigeria
  4. Bag Innovation - Rwanda
  5. Bailport - Rwanda
  6. Bee - Cameroon
  7. Bookings - Africa Nigeria
  8. Brastorne - Botswana
  9. Built - Ghana
  10. BuuPass - Kenya
  11. Cauri Money - Senegal
  12. Clafiya - Nigeria
  13. ClinicPesa - Uganda
  14. Cova - Cameroon
  15. CreditAIs - South Africa
  16. DohYangu - Kenya
  17. Easy Matatu - Uganda
  18. Eden Life - Nigeria
  19. Estate Intel - Nigeria
  20. Eversend - Uganda
  21. Exuus - Rwanda
  22. Flex Finance - Nigeria
  23. FlexPay - Kenya
  24. Gamr - Nigeria
  25. Garri Logistics - Ethiopia
  26. Haul 247 - Nigeria
  27. Healthlane - Cameroon
  28. Healthtracka - Nigeria
  29. HerVest - Nigeria
  30. Kapsule - Rwanda
  31. Keep IT Cool - Kenya
  32. Kudigo - Ghana
  33. Kyshi - Nigeria
  34. Leja - Kenya
  35. LifeBank - Nigeria
  36. Mapha - South Africa
  37. Norebase - Nigeria
  38. OneHealth - Nigeria
  39. PesaChoice - Rwanda
  40. Pindo - Rwanda
  41. Pivo - Nigeria
  42. QShop- Nigeria
  43. Rekisa - South Africa
  44. Scrapays Inc - Nigeria
  45. Shiip - Nigeria
  46. Solutech - Kenya
  47. Spleet - Nigeria
  48. Stears - Nigeria
  49. Synnefa - Kenya
  50. Technovera - South Africa
  51. Terawork - Nigeria
  52. Tibu Health - Kenya
  53. Topset Education - Nigeria
  54. TopUp Mama - Kenya
  55. Wellahealth - Nigeria
  56. Xente - Uganda
  57. Zanifu - Kenya
  58. ZayRide - Ethiopia
  59. Zuberi - Ghana
  60. Zuri Health - Kenya

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