Google is expanding its Launchpad Accelerator program to two more continents. African and European countries have been added to the lineup. The Google Launchpad accelerator is a program to empower founders by supporting their startups through mentorship and equity-free support. The Accelerator leverages all that the tech giant has to offer, to help participating tech startups reach their true potential. The tech giant's target is to help startups build products on its platform and become successful doing it and ensuing that every startup has access to the best resources that the ecosystem can provide. Startups participating in the accelerator receive $250,000 worth of assistance, including $50,000 in seed funding with zero equity taken, credits to use Google products, physical space in
The “Africa Rising” narrative is increasingly giving way to that of “Aspiring Africa”. Enhanced by Technology is the idea that economic growth in Africa must come with equitable opportunities for all participants, with benefits enjoyed by every section of society. As Africa develops, it is pivotal to ensure that the currently underserved majority feels the benefits. Africa’s mobile revolution has offered entrepreneurs an opportunity unlike any other to disseminate products and services that can contribute to inclusive growth on the continent. It enables digital innovation that allows African entrepreneurs and developers to leapfrog technologies, creating access to previously unavailable services for the majority. According to Disrupt Africa, Africa is seeing the same technological
Outlierz, a new Morocco-based seed investment fund, dedicated to providing smart capital to African startups, has been launched. According to Aptantech, the Outlierz seed fund is the culmination of three years of hard work which involved connecting entrepreneurs and building a startup community in Morocco from the ground up. “We started from a simple yet striking conclusion: too many startups fail at the pre-seed and seed stages because of a lack of appropriate resources. We intend to change that by providing smart capital to the continent’s most promising companies. The target outcome will be a stronger pool of high potential startups that are ready for subsequent investment and, in the end, lead to success stories that are uniquely African,” said Kenza Lahlou, founder and MD, Outlierz.
The answer to Africa’s future in the digital realm will come from several startups that instead of importing foreign technologies to solve continental problems, invent tailored solutions for the region and grow into fully developed firms. According to African Exponent, Mobile and cloud may be global technologies, but these African startups have explored their functionalities, shaped their applications and used them to build differentiated business models suited to their markets. They have created new and uniquely African technologies that speak to their lifestyles and complexities, using the infrastructure as a base to deliver key services in ways the rest of the world would never have thought to. No one has ever doubted that Africa has a thriving entrepreneurial spirit. Despite sub-Sa
Uber Kenya has unveiled a revamped rider application. A “where to?” feature was added, unlike the old version that focused on where the rider was departing from, this new feature starts with the riders destination. Speaking at the forum in Nairobi, Uber Kenya’s Operations Lead said, that the Ridsharing App rebuilt the application from the ground-up putting the riders at the heart of it. The redesigned rider app is faster, smarter, and more reliable than before. According to IT News Africa, Kenyans are taking to the app with a 68 percent adoption rate. The revamped Uber app now includes features such as upfront pricing and estimate time of arrival at the destination, so that riders have the information they need to make the best decision for their wallet and schedule. Other fea