Africa is gradually being transformed by recent trends in the digital ecosystem. Most interestingly African governments have come to realize the importance of switching to digital economies though others are just still resistant to change. The unexploited potentials in the African youth in this domain have attracted bigwigs such as Google, Facebook, Alibaba and many others who all have good plans to encourage African startups, developers and digital entrepreneurs in achieving their goals.

Google had promised to launch the Google impact challenge in 2018. During his visit to Nigeria last year Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced an array of plans, including Google’s Launchpad accelerator for African startups.

In respect to this promise, Google has just announced the first set of 12 startups participating in its Launchpad Accelerator Africa class, modeled after the global program in Silicon Valley. Here is the list of startups selected in Africa.

Startups Country Sector
Babymigo Nigeria Parenting
Flexpay Kenya Fintech
Kudi Nigeria Fintech
OkadaBooks Nigeria Publishing
OMG Digital Ghana Media
Pezesha Kenya Fintech Nigeria Fintech
Riby Nigeria Fintech
swiftVEE South Africa Agribusiness
TangoTv Tanzania Media
Teheca Uganda Healthcare
ThriveAgric Nigeria Agribusiness

Google’s Launchpad space is its first in Lagos and Facebook plans to launch a hub in Lagos in partnership with Co-Creation Hub this year.

It is expected that over a three-year period, Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa program will offer $3 million in equity-free funding to over 60 startups on the continent as well as provide mentor and technology support.

Since 2015, increasing digital inventions and innovations have given a new definition to doing business in Africa and through tech preference countries like Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Ghana, Cameroon, Uganda one can only hope for more sponsors to these young entrepreneurs who are slowly but surely transforming the continent to “the African we want”- the new African Union (AU) slogan