Kenya’s Zuri Health and iZola Limited are among startups selected for the Google for Startups Growth Academy: AI for Health 2023 cohort. iZola Limited enhances support for families with neurodivergent children via an AI-integrated therapeutics platform. While Zuri Health revolutionizes patient care with an all-inclusive digital toolkit.
Others in the cohort include Eden Care from Rwanda who merge AI and digital health to reshape health insurance and corporate well-being. mDoc from Nigeria elevate personal health practices through virtual health mentorship. Pharmarun also from Nigeria unify regional pharmacies with an innovative, patient-first platform.
The five African startups are among 30 transformative startups in the 2023 cohort drawn from across Europe, Middle East, and Africa. They were selected after an intensive selection process that started in May.
Startups worldwide are harnessing AI as a transformative instrument, addressing significant challenges from early disease detection to ensuring information accessibility. Their innovations not only improve billions of lives but also drive robust economic growth.
Among the selected startups outside Africa, Biocam has introduced a capsule that scans the digestive system in real-time to identify potential threats. Mindstep offers an app focused on enhancing brain and mental health, while Rayscape provides radiologists with a digital assistant equipped with AI tools for better decision-making.
This initiative aligns with Google’s broader vision to support startups and accelerate their growth. In August Google announced a broader program, the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First, a 10-week equity free accelerator aimed at supporting African startups looking to use artificial intelligence to solve local challenges.
Yuval Passov, Head of Google for Startup and lead of the program remarked “Africa’s innovative spirit in the AI for Health domain is profoundly inspiring. These startups stand as a testament to the continent’s ability to develop global health solutions. We aim to stand alongside them, offering support and partnership as they strive to scale and disseminate their groundbreaking solutions.”
Since introducing the Google for Startups Accelerator programs in Africa in 2018, Google has supported 106 startups from 17 African countries and these startups have collectively raised over $263 million in funding and created over 2,800 jobs. For a detailed view of the selected startups and the program, visit Google’s Africa blog.