Izifin, Vzy, Nine Others for Google AI First Accelerator Program

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By Aduragbemi Omiyale

Three Nigerian startups are among the 11 small firms selected by Google for its Artificial Intelligence (AI) First Accelerator Program for Africa.

The beneficiaries will undergo a 10-week accelerator journey and will get $350,000 as an allocation in Google Cloud Credits, and further enjoy mentorship sessions, technical guidance, and networking opportunities to enhance their reach and impact.

The 11 startups were picked from a vast pool of innovative talent. At the end of the scheme, they would be required to use cutting-edge AI to address both the continent’s challenges and broader global issues.

“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.  We’re here excited to support and amplify their impact,” the Head of the Startup Ecosystem at Google Africa, Folarin Aiyegbusi, said.

Those selected for the scheme are Famasi Africa, Izifin, VZY from Nigeria, Avalon Health from South Africa, Chatbots Africa from Ghana, Dial Afrika from Kenya, Fastagger from Kenya, Garri Logistics from Ethiopia, Lengo AI from Senegal, Logistify AI from Uganda, and Telliscope from Ethiopia.

Commenting, the chief executive of Famasi Africa, Adeola Ayoola, said, “Joining the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First program represents a significant step towards realising that dream.

“With Google’s mentorship, we’re confident of scaling our solutions, reaching more pharmacies, and ultimately improving healthcare outcomes.”

Also, Avalon Health said, “With the support and mentorship from the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First program, we believe we can scale our solutions even further, ensuring every South African has access to top-tier healthcare services.”

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