Google has selected 60 African startups for its second Startups Black Founders Fund (BFF)


Google just recently announced that 60 eligible black-founded startups across Africa have been selected for the second cohort of Google for Startups Black Founders Fund (BFF) for Africa. The startups that have been selected to join the program will receive a total of $4 million in funding and support to enable them to scale up their ongoing work. According to Google, the Startups Black Founders Fund program, which began in April 2012, has created over 4,600 jobs and raised more than $290 million in funding.

It says it will introduce the grantees to Google’s products, connections, and best practices to allow them to level the playing field as they develop better products and services that benefit the African economy. The grantees will participate in customized workshops, support networks, and community-building activities. They’ll also receive a 6-month training that includes access to a network of mentors to help them tackle challenges that are unique to them.

They’ll receive awards of $50,000 to $100,000 and up to $200,000 in Google Cloud credit.

Nigeria has the most grantees (23), with Kenya (12), Rwanda (6), South Africa (5), and Uganda (4) completing the top five. Cameroon (3), Ghana (3), Ethiopia (2), Botswana (1), and Senegal (1) round up the list.

According to TechPoint, in 2021, 93% of the funding raised went to startups with a male CEO, and startups with an all-female founding team or a single female founder raised less than 1% of the funding. To help close this gap, 50% of the grantees are female-led businesses focusing on fintech, healthcare, eCommerce, logistics, Agritech, education, hospitality, and smart cities.

Africa is a diverse continent with massive opportunity but the continent is faced with the challenge of limited diversity in venture capital funding flow. We hope that the Black Founders Fund program will be able to bridge the gap of disproportionate funding between expat startups over local and black-led companies.

According to Folarin Aiyegbusi, Google Head of Startup Ecosystem for Africa.

Below is a list of 37 startups selected for the second cohort of the Black Founders Fund in Africa:

S/NName CountryAbout
1.Agrikool South AfricaAgrikool is an agritech platform that connects farming producers and buyers to a fair and reliable market. 
2.AjuaKenyaAjua is an end-to-end operating system for SMEs to build a credible online presence, get feedback on their businesses and manage the relationship with their customers
3.AwabahNigeriaAwabah is a digital pensions platform for Africa’s workforce
4.BAG Innovation RwandaBAG Innovation is a virtual and gamified platform that offers real-time access to experiential learning for university students and recent graduates
5.Bailport RwandaBaliport is a cross-border, multi-currency payment platform focused on enabling intra-Africa & Africa outbound money transfers through blockchain.
6.Bee CameroonBee finances motorcycles to drivers while also providing training and access to jobs.
7.Bookings AfricaNigeriaBookings Africa enables Africa’s gig workforce to digitise and monetize their skills by connecting clients efficiently and transparently to skilled talent across Africa.
8.BrastorneBotswanaBrastorne connects the unconnected in Africa, enabling rural villages to have access to the digital world without smartphones or data.
9.Built GhanaBuilt enables access to business and financial tools for Sub-Saharan African small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
10.BuuPass  KenyaBuuPass is a travel startup – building digital rails for Africa’s intercity transport industry and supporting bus, train & flight transportation
11.Cauri Money SenegalCauri Money is a cashless remittance platform helping African migrants move money from around the world into mobile wallets in Africa. 
12.Clafiya NigeriaClafiya connects individuals, families, and businesses to health practitioners – enabling access to convenient, quality, and affordable, on-demand primary care from their mobile phones
13.ClinicPesaUgandaClinicPesa provides an easy-to-use platform where low-income users can set aside funds as low as $0.30 daily dedicated towards healthcare and get access to healthcare loans
14.COVA CameroonCOVA is a digital insurance platform that enables partner businesses to easily and seamlessly deliver insurance products to their users
15.CreditAIs South AfricaCreditAIs provides credit scoring tools for micro-businesses and individuals that do not fit the existing traditional credit scoring models
16.DohYanguKenyaDohYangu enables end consumers in Africa to shop FMCG products & get cashback rewards at various retail stores, saving up to 25%
17.Easy MatatuUgandaEasy Matatu provides a mobile platform that allows commuters to book and pay for scheduled rides on vetted and inspected minibuses
18.Eden Life NigeriaEden Life provides an operating system for receiving and rendering essential services in Africa – focused on offering food, cleaning, laundry, and beauty services to their customers.
19.Estate Intel NigeriaEstate Intel  provides reliable data to businesses that are investing or operating in the African real estate space.
20.Eversend UgandaEversend is a neobank, providing critical financial products in Sub-Saharan Africa – including cross-border financial services.
21.ExuusRwandaExuus empowers informal saving groups with a digital ledger, digital wallet, decentralised social credit score, and instant micro-loans to both groups and individuals.
22.Flex FinanceNigeriaFlex Finance helps businesses in Africa to manage approval workflow, access credit, issue corporate cards to employees and make disbursements all from one platform.
23.FlexPay KenyaFlexPay is a merchant-embedded digital savings platform that rewards customers for saving up for purchases – a save now buy later (SNBL) solution at checkout.
24.Gamr NigeriaGamr is an eSports tournament aggregation platform, helping African gamers discover tournaments they can play in and get rewarded for.
25.Garri Logistics EthiopiaGarri Logistics matches shippers looking to move cargo with vehicle owners and drivers, while finding optimal route pairings to reduce empty miles.
26.Haul 247NigeriaHaul247 is a logistics platform that connects manufacturing companies and farmers with trucks and warehouses.
27. HealthlaneCameroonHealthlane provides advanced comprehensive health screening and personalised plans, biometric monitoring, genetic analysis as well as in-person and virtual visits with top-rated doctors .
28. Healthtracka NigeriaHealthtracka is a platform that allows users access on-demand healthcare services in the comfort of their homes.
29..HerVestNigeriaHerVest offers a highly secured, women-focused financial platform that enables women to participate in key financial services, with a focus on female farmers.
30.KapsuleRwandaKapsule is a data as a service company that helps healthcare providers, insurers, and pharmaceutical companies to make better decisions
31.Keep IT Cool KenyaKeep IT Cool is an early-stage, fast-growing social enterprise that leverages technology to strengthen the African aquaculture and poultry value chain through cold chain and storage
32.KUDIGO GhanaKUDIGO offers an omni-channel digital commerce platform to empower micro and small businesses in Africa
33. Kyshi NigeriaKyshi provides multi-currency accounts and remittance services to and from Africa
34.LejaKenyaLeja is an Android/USSD application enabling African micro-entrepreneurs to digitise all their business transactions and manage all their finance in one place
35.LifeBank NigeriaLifeBank leverages technology to provide value in multiple segments (production, marketplace and distribution) of the healthcare supply chain such as blood, oxygen and medical supplies
36.Mapha South AfricaMapha provides delivery as a service to businesses in peri-urban & township areas
37.Norebase NigeriaNorebase provides a single digital platform and technology tools for entrepreneurs and businesses to start, scale, and operate in any African country and the United States.

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