Breaking barriers and empowering innovators — Get to know the 25 visionary startups in Google Africa’s Black Founders Fund.
- Google Africa unveils its highly anticipated Black Founders Fund cohort for 2023.
- The program aims to empower underrepresented entrepreneurs and provide resources and funding.
- The top 25 startups were chosen based on innovation, market potential, and industry impact.
- 72% of the selected startups are led or co-founded by women.
- The startups are diverse in leadership, geography, and sector focus.
This prestigious program aims to empower underrepresented entrepreneurs and provide them with the necessary resources and funding to turn their visions into reality. With a diverse range of industries and groundbreaking ideas, these 25 startups are poised to make a significant impact on the African business landscape.
The Google Africa Black Founders Fund is a testament to Google’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and driving economic development across the continent. This year, the program received an overwhelming number of applications from all corners of Africa, highlighting the immense potential and talent present in the region’s startup ecosystem. After a rigorous selection process, the top 25 startups were chosen based on their innovative ideas, market potential, and the impact they can create in their respective industries.Breaking barriers and empowering innovators: Get to know the 25 visionary startups in Google Africa's Black Founders Fund. Click To Tweet
Google for Startups Black Founders Fund: Africa provides cash awards — without giving up equity in return — and hands-on support to help Black entrepreneurs in Africa build and grow their businesses.
Google Africa unveiled the 25 African startups selected for the Google for Startups Black Founders Fund. — 72% of which are led or co-founded by women. These startups are diverse not only in their leadership but also in their geographical representation and sector focus. In addition to equity-free cash awards, Black Founders Fund recipients receive ongoing Google mentorship, Google Cloud credits, and product support to help them navigate every stage of their startup journey.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the remarkable startups that have been selected for the 2023 cohort:
|BezoMoney||Ghana||Mubarak Sumaila||A digital banking platform focusing initially on personal & group savings. https://bezomoney.com/|
|Talamus Health||Ghana||Dr. Murisiku Raifu||A cloud-based software suite for patients and healthcare providers. https://talamushealth.com/|
|Susu||Ivory Coast||Bola Bardet||A platform that helps Africans in the diaspora fund healthcare services for relatives on the continent. https://www.susu.fr/
|Fleetsimplify||Kenya||Balqis Chepkwony||A gig economy platform helping vehicle owners monetize & manage ride-hailing operations. https://fleetsimplify.com/|
|Jumba||Kenya||Kagure Wamunyu||A B2B e-commerce marketplace connecting various players in the construction value chain. https://jumba.com/|
|Tushop||Kenya||Cathy Chepkemboi||An agent-driven, community group-buying platform. https://tushop.io/|
|Uzapoint||Kenya||Abraham Mbuthia||A provider of bookkeeping, ERP, and mobile/web POS solutions for the informal sector. https://uzapoint.com/|
|Zydii||Kenya||Joyce Mbaya||An online learning & teaching platform. https://zydii.com/|
|Akoma Health||Nigeria||Melanie Okuneye||An on-demand platform for therapy & mental health services. https://akomahealth.io/|
|Evolve Credit||Nigeria||Akan Nelson||A provider of savings, lending, and core banking infrastructure. https://evolvecredit.co/|
|Fez Delivery||Nigeria||Seun Alley||A last-mile delivery platform. https://fezdelivery.co/|
|Herconomy||Nigeria||Ife Durosinmi-Etti||A woman-focused savings and financial services platform. https://herconomy.com/
|MDaaS Global||Nigeria||Oluwasoga Oni||A provider of tech-enabled diagnostic centers & health services. https://www.mdaas.io/|
|My Pocket Counsel||Nigeria||Deji Awoniyi||A platform for generating, managing, and automating legal contracts. https://mypocketcounsel.com/|
|Orda||Nigeria||Guy Futi||A restaurant management platform. https://orda.africa/
|Periculum||Nigeria||Michael Collins||A data analytics platform that helps customers with predictive insights. https://www.periculum.io/|
|Raenest||Nigeria||Victor Alade||A payments & payroll management platform focused on contractors, freelancers, startups & remote workers. https://www.raenest.com/|
|TruQ||Nigeria||Williams Fatayo||An on-demand logistics platform connecting individuals and businesses with van & truck owners. https://www.mytruq.com/|
|Charis UAS||Rwanda||Eric Muziga||A drone services company offering aerial imagery and data solutions. https://charisuas.com/
|Chargel||Senegal||Moustapha Ndoye||A B2B digital trucking platform connecting shippers and carriers. https://www.chargel.me/|
|Excel@Uni||South Africa||Lungelo Gumede||A student support & bursary management platform. https://excelatuni.com/|
|HealthDart||South Africa||Njabulo Skhosana||A digital health platform offering digital healthcare consultations, an e-pharmacy, and health insurance policies. https://www.healthdart.co.za/|
|Zinacare||South Africa||Philip Mngadi||An online platform for home healthcare services & virtual consultations. https://zinacare.com/|
|EzyAgric||Uganda||William Luyinda||A smart farming platform offering a marketplace for farm inputs, market linkages, and loans & software solutions for farmers. http://ezyagric.com/|
|RideLink||Uganda||Daniel Mukisa||A B2B digital trucking platform connecting shippers and carriers. https://ride-link.com/|
Folarin Aiyegbusi, Head of Google’s Startup Ecosystem Africa, expressed his thoughts on the new cohort, stating, “Startups play a significant role in driving Africa’s digital transformation. We are excited to collaborate with this group of innovative founders who are utilizing technology to address the most critical challenges in Africa.”
Please watch the short promotional video provided below.
🎉 Get ready to meet the rockstars of innovation! Introducing the Google Black Founders Fund 2023 Cohort. Don’t miss the heartwarming moments as founders learn of their selection 🥰💥.
Check our blog to see who made the cut! 🌟🚀 👉👉https://t.co/KzJuCalJx0 #FundBlackFounders pic.twitter.com/C8m4H2lEQA
— Google in Africa (@googleafrica) June 20, 2023
Why is Google for Startups doing this?
Google believes that empowering entire communities is a direct result of funding Black founders. They recognize that access to capital and support is crucial in creating greater economic opportunities. Leveraging their unique position, Google aims to provide funding and support to help founders expand their businesses, thereby creating an environment for their success and enabling them to have a significant impact on their communities. The primary objective of these funds is to enhance economic opportunities for promising Black startup founders.
Google for Startups has been actively investing in promising founders since 2021. They have provided $13 million in cash funding to founders across Europe and Africa. These investments have yielded impressive results, with the funded founders subsequently raising a total of $205 million in follow-on funding.
Google for Startups’ ultimate goal is to foster the growth of Black-led startups, encourage innovative solutions to challenging problems, and ultimately generate wealth that benefits the communities they serve.
Benefit for Beneficiaries
The Google for Startups Black Founders Fund offers founders a non-dilutive capital of $150K to support their Black-owned businesses. Alongside the funding, recipients will also receive $100K worth of Google Cloud credits, as well as hands-on mentorship and comprehensive support throughout the organization.