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Training in the Digital Economy

The Google for Startups Accelerator is a 3-month online programme that includes 3 intensive virtual training boot camps, mentorship, and Google product support. For the second year in a row, the programme is virtual, and it kicks off June 21 with 15 Startups from across the continent participating. 6 of the selected companies are from Nigeria –  consumer intelligence, engagement and loyalty software-as-a-service for authentication Chekkit, first responder platform Emergency Response Africa, home care platform GeroCare, mental health service Nguvu Health, digital-first pharmacy OneHealth, and health financing platform Vittas International. 3 are from South Africa – AI startup Envisionit Deep AI, agriculture value chain solutions provider Khula!, and digital payments solution Whoosh – and 2 from Kenya, ed-tech startup Angaza Elimu and micro-investment platform Ndovu. The cohort is completed by Ethiopian payments startup PayWay, Rwandan cybersecurity platform Tabiri Analytics, ecommerce platform Tendo, and 3D immersive experiences design platform Third.Design.

Meanwhile, Malagasy ed-tech startup Sayna has secured a round of funding to help it expand access to its training programme and launch new platforms. Launched in 2018, Sayna aims to provide quality training in the digital sector in Africa, and offer professional opportunities to young people by bridging the gap between the growing demand of companies on digital issues and the supply of digital talent.  By 2024 Sayna aims to have enabled 8,000 people in Africa to enter the digital industry through its training programmes, and also to have more than 3,500 people working on microtasking connecting SMEs and Startups in the French-speaking world with African talent

Alastair Tempest

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