The announcement follows the completion of the program’s first cohort consisting of 12 startups from across the continent earlier this year. Just like the last iteration of Launchpad Accelerator Africa, the participants in the second cohort will also undergo three months of mentorship and support from Google. They will receive free Cloud and Firebase Credits, in addition to winning an all-expenses-paid training at Launchpad Accelerator Africa in Johannesburg and Lagos.
And if that didn’t sound good enough, the participants will continue to have access to Google’s engineers, mentors, and resources even after the completion of the program. Each participant in the program’s second cohort, like their counterparts from the first cohort, will become a part of the global Launchpad Accelerator network of mentors and alumni. Worth noting here is that Google invited applications from startups representing 11 more countries in addition to the six that were already picked for the first cohort. However, only one startup (Mintrics from Egypt) from the 11 new nations made it to the final list for the second cohort.
The second cohort of Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa includes: AppZone (Nigeria), Chalkboard Education (Ghana), Cloud9xp (Kenya), EzyAgric (Uganda), Formplus (Nigeria), Medsaf (Nigeria), Mintrics (Egypt), PayGo Energy (Kenya), Pineapple (South Africa), Preeva (South Africa), Thank U Cash (Nigeria).