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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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