Ugandan startup Swipe2pay qualifies for Google’s accelerator programme

Solomon Kitumba Swipe2pay Google Launchpad Africa accelerator

Ugandan payments company Swipe2pay is among the 12 startups from Africa that have been selected for the third cohort of Google Launchpad Africa accelerator in Lagos, Nigeria.

Kenya has sent the highest number (4) of startups, followed by Nigeria (3), South Africa (2) and the other countries: Uganda, Senegal, and Egypt sent one each.

Last year, Uganda was represented by EzyAgric which in the same year won a quarter a billion shillings to fight Fall Armyworm on the continent.

In a blog post, Google announced that over 1000 applications had been submitted for the different accelerators in Africa, Brazil, India and another that has been launched for Mexico.

Participants in the third cohort of Google Launchpad Africa accelerator will receive access to intensive mentoring from over 20 teams of Google engineers, access to Silicon Valley experts and top local mentors, as well as an opportunity to partner with Google for three months.

“The startups chosen represent those using technology to create a positive impact on key industries in their region and we look forward to supporting them and connecting them with startup ecosystems around the world,” reads the blog post.

Below are the other startups from 6 African countries that qualified for the third cohort of Google Launchpad Africa accelerator.

54Gene (Nigeria) – Improving drug discovery by researching the genetically diverse African population

Data Integrated Limited (Kenya) – Automating and digitizing SME payments, connecting the street to high finance. (Egypt) – Connecting patients to credible nutritionists and dietitians to help them maintain a healthy and optimal weight online.

Kwara (Kenya) – Providing a rich digital banking platform to established fair lenders such as credit unions or savings and credit cooperatives (SACCOs), with an open API to enable and accelerate their inclusion into the formal financial ecosystem.

OkHi (Kenya) – A physical addressing platform for emerging markets – on a mission to enable the billions without a physical address to “be included.”

PAPS (Senegal) – Logistics startup focused on last mile delivery and domestic market, with strong client care orientation, allowing live tracking, intelligent adresses system and automatic dispatch.

ScholarX (Nigeria) – Connecting high potential students with funding opportunities to help them access an education

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Tambua Health Inc. (Kenya) – Turning a normal smartphone into a powerful, non-invasive diagnostic tool for Tuberculosis and Pneumonia.

It uses a cough sound acoustic signature, symptoms, risk factors, and clinical information to come up with a diagnostic report. (South Africa) – A CX Research Platform that helps companies understand their customers by turning their customer research into insights, profiles, and customer journey maps.

WellaHealth (Nigeria) – A pharmacy marketplace for affordable, high-quality disease care driven by artificial intelligence starting with malaria.

Zelda Learning (South Africa) – Providing free online career guidance for students looking to enter university and linking them to funding and study opportunities.


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