Kenya’s Dail Afrika & Fastagger are among startups that have been selected for Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First program. Fastagger Inc uses AI to amplify sales and loyalty, supporting MSME’s growth while Dial Afrika Inc tailors customer support tools for global businesses, with a focus on African SMBs.
The two are among The 11 startups that have picked from a vast pool of innovative talent that are using cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence to address both Africa’s challenges and broader global issues. The transformative power of AI in Africa was highlighted by a McKinsey report which suggests that AI could add $1.3 trillion to Africa’s GDP by 2030.
The selected startups will undergo a 10-week accelerator journey. Beyond benefiting from Google’s AI expertise and a $350k allocation in Google Cloud Credits, they’ll benefit from mentorship sessions, technical guidance, and networking opportunities to enhance their reach and impact.
The other selected startups are;
● Avalon Health (South Africa): Empowers patients with streamlined online healthcare access and offers doctors digital tools to enhance care.
● Chatbots Africa (Ghana): Spearheading SMEs transition into the Social Commerce era with AI-driven online storefronts.
● Famasi Africa (Nigeria): Building the OS for pharmacies in emerging markets.
● Garri Logistics (Ethiopia): Digitalizing freight brokerage and transport services.
● Izifin (Nigeria): Providing an end-to-end credit infrastructure via API for small businesses.
● Lengo AI (Senegal): Launching the first Data-Driven OS for the Informal Sector.
● Logistify AI (Uganda): Minimising inventory losses in industrial facilities.
● Telliscope (Ethiopia): Offering an AI-enabled business intelligence platform.
● Vzy (Nigeria): Revolutionising website building with AI-driven tools that craft sites in mere minutes.
Folarin Aiyegbusi, Head of Startup Ecosystem, Africa, remarks, said “At Google we’ve been working on AI for over a decade, and we’ve shown how useful AI is in our products and for developers externally. AI is not only a powerful enabler, it’s also a major platform shift. That’s why we’re focused on making it easy and scalable for others to innovate with AI. Our chosen startups for the “AI First: program embody this vision, leveraging AI in pioneering ways to address both local and global challenges. Were here excited to support and amplify their impact.”
Since 2017, Google has consistently supported African startups across diverse programs. Collectively, these startups have raised $263 million and created over 2,800 job opportunities.