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Ten African startups chosen for prestigious acceleration program based by Telecel Group ASIP and powered by SBC Afritech


Financial progress is determined by the roles, innovation, new concepts and contemporary pondering that entrepreneurs and small companies convey to their societies. But Africa has lagged its friends in innovation-related measures. This makes discovering, and scaling, innovation-related new companies a precedence, with accelerator applications filling a vital hole.

Ten startups from throughout the continent have been chosen for the 2022 Telecel Group Africa Startup Initiative Program (ASIP) Accelerator Program, powered by main tech accelerator Startupbootcamp (SBC) AfriTech, an African based mostly and lead multi-corporate- backed tech accelerator that makes a speciality of unlocking and rising Pan- African tech alternatives.

The announcement was made following a rigorous two-day choice course of held in Dakar, Senegal, on 9-10 March, with 20 semi-finalists pitching to judges and stakeholders. In complete, 2295 functions had been obtained from 58 nations.

“Senegal is dedicated to driving innovation and entrepreneurship throughout our nation in order that we will take our place amongst Africa’s prime ten startup ecosystems. For the previous 4 years, we’ve supplied particular assist and help for startups within the type of finance, incubation, and acceleration. We’re impressed by the vitality and dedication that the ten finalists convey, and we stay up for their progress and future influence,” mentioned the Honorable Papa Amadou Sarr, the presiding Senegalese Minister and Common Delegate for Entrepreneurship within the Presidency.

“Entrepreneurship and innovation characterize Africa’s absolute best funding for future sustainability. SBC’s entrepreneurs are working to unravel vital challenges, bettering lives and communities. Greater than 88% of our 40 alumni are nonetheless working and have raised greater than $90 million in funding, exhibiting that our program is making a distinction,” mentioned Philip Kiracofe, CEO and Chief Disruptor, Startupbootcamp AfriTech. Startupbootcamp runs accelerator applications, with SBC AfriTech because the African leg of a worldwide household of industry-focused accelerators.

 “At Telecel Group, we consider expertise is a catalyst for change and options, and that’s why we incentivize and assist progressive startups with the instruments they should attain the subsequent stage. With this program, we’re investing in our future leaders. African entrepreneurs are greatest positioned to assist the world deal with urgent challenges reminiscent of local weather change, inequality, meals safety, and healthcare, as a result of they arrive from communities who’re immediately affected by these points,” mentioned Eleanor Azar, Government Deputy at Telecel Group and Director at African Startup Initiative Program.

 The present cohort was chosen based mostly on the influence of their proposed resolution, scalability, imaginative and prescient and whether or not they had the mandatory abilities to achieve their markets, high quality of management, dedication, market timing, progress potential and comparative benefit. Members will obtain an intensive three-month teaching and assist program to speed up their progress and advantages value US$750 000. This system will happen in Dakar, Senegal and startups might be hosted by DER/FJ on the D-hub, – an area commissioned by the Common Delegation for the Fast Entrepreneurship of Ladies and Youth (DER/FJ) and established by the President of the Republic of Senegal, His Excellency Macky Sall.

ASIP introduced the primary cohort of ten firms in 2021 and runs the accelerator program yearly.

We’re honored to incorporate the next ten startups within the 2022 ASIP Accelerator Program. 

Agrodata (Nigeria) has invented an IoT-enabled good hive to help fruit and vegetable farmers with pollination necessities to assist year-round meals availability. They had been chosen within the 2021 cohort however might be finishing this system this yr. 

Crowdyvest (Nigeria) is an impact-driven fintech platform that creates monetary options for long-term progress and monetary freedom. Crowdyvest has over 140 000 consumer accounts, with over US$30 million raised for tasks and 30 influence tasks supported.

eCampus (Ghana) supplies a machine studying platform for fogeys and educators to trace the progress of learners, meet their wants, and enhance studying outcomes.

Ecomak Recyclers (Uganda) is reusing plastic waste as long-lasting, eco-friendly, sturdy and low upkeep building materials. Their plastic bricks and poles are 30% cheaper than typical concrete bricks and wooden timber.  

Neural Labs Africa (Kenya) is utilizing AI-enabled medical imaging (NeuralSight™) for real-time analysis. NeuralSight can establish, label and spotlight over 20 respiratory, coronary heart and breast illnesses and pathologies, together with pneumonia, tuberculosis, COVID-19, emphysema, and extra. This expertise will scale back Africa’s illness burden and hospital workloads, with higher affected person outcomes and democratized entry to healthcare.

Parc Good (Senegal) helps drivers discover and reserve a parking area utilizing their smartphone earlier than they attain their vacation spot, decreasing site visitors, air pollution, and stress.

Powerstove Power (Nigeria) has developed an IoT-enabled smokeless range that reduces gas prices and greenhouse fuel emissions. The range generates sufficient electrical energy to cost cellphones and energy LED lamps and home equipment. The IoT system tracks and sends carbon knowledge in order that carbon credit may be generated. 

Proxalys SAS (Senegal) connects contemporary meals producers with retailers, eating places and repair suppliers to construct a sturdy e-commerce provide chain.

Qataloog (Nigeria) affords clear, cost-effective pricing on to establishments utilizing cataloguing algorithms for studying content material and consumer search preferences. It has distributed over 10000 books to 35 universities and schools and has raised US$150 000 in funding.

Rural Farmers Hub (Nigeria) affords a crop intelligence resolution for farmers to handle crop well being and soil vitamins with real-time farming recommendation delivered by SMS, voice, apps and in-person. Their intelligence resolution, Seize, is being utilized by over 16 000 farmers in northern Nigeria.

Vooli Cellular Insurance coverage App (Kenya) evaluates insurance coverage premiums to create essentially the most cost-effective cowl.

For extra details about the Africa Startup Initiative Program and the chosen start-ups, please go to the web site right here

About Africa Startup Initiative

 ASIP is a program based by Moh Damush, Telecel Group CEO as a CSR exercise. ASI Program contributes in a significant option to the African Continent to assist the younger Startups whose progressive concepts are making a distinction of their communities, exposes them to worldwide organizations, and bridges the information and experience to permit them to draw companions that may add worth to their Startups. Our objective is to find Africa’s most gifted entrepreneurs working within the fields of telecom and expertise and assist them create profitable firms at scale. ASIP helps the startups by way of its Accelerator and Funding Applications. The Accelerator program supplies the startups with teaching and mentoring, workshops, entry to markets, and training. The Funding Program emphasizes entry to buyers, funding, grants, angel investments, and enterprise capital. 

For extra data on the ASIP, go to www.asiprogram.com 

About Telecel Group

Telecel Group operates in 4 totally different strains of enterprise all underneath the telecom {industry}: (1) Telecel Cellular, owns and operates a number of cell operators in Africa and Europe; (2) Telecel World Companies, offering wholesale, enterprise and digital safety companies to telecom operators and enterprises worldwide; (3) Telecel Play, a digital platform that’s digitizing cell customers; and (4) Africa Startup Initiative Program, which targets progressive startups in Africa and affords them assist and steerage. For extra data on the Telecel Group program, go to http://telecelgroup.com 

About Startupbootcamp AfriTech

Startupbootcamp AfriTech was launched in 2017 as the primary multi corporate-backed pan-African startup accelerator. We run world-class accelerator applications, working with among the most disruptive startups on the continent. We offer entry to our world community of company companions, buyers, and mentors. For extra data go to: http://bit.ly/sbcafritech

 For extra data on the Telecel Group program, go to http://asiprogram.com/

 About Der/FJ

Der/FJ is an establishment underneath the authority of the Presidency of the Republic of Senegal and it was launched by President Macky Sall in 2018 with the intention to assist entrepreneurs all through Senegal. This assist is given by each monetary and non-financial companies, with an emphasis on sectors that embrace expertise and innovation, therefore the creation of the D-hub incubator. For extra details about DER/FJ go to https://der.sn/




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