ZayRide Joins Google For Startups Accelerator


ZayRide, Ethiopia based ride hailing startup, joins Google for Startups Accelerator Africa 2020 class.


Google for Startups Accelerator ( formerly known as Launchpad) Africa Class 5 will be delivered remotely this time. There will be one combined class, with 20 startups not 12 as in the past.


The 3 months program with a one week 'virtual bootcamp' per month starts at 29th June and end on 11th September 2020.


The selected pool of startups for this new class of Google for Startups Accelerator Africa 2020 are from Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia & Zimbabwe. The startups cut across an array of industries like logistics, transportation, education, agriculture, e-commerce, media, health and professional services. The 20 selected startups are: 

  • Adi+Bolga (Ghana): Adi+Bolga uses technology to provide virtual skincare consultations and accurate personalised product recommendations to consumers.

  • AmiTruck (Kenya):Amitruck is a digital platform that seeks to bring trust, transparency and efficiency to logistics by using technology to connect cargo owners and transporters.

  • Beamm (South Africa): Beamm allows users to make Hollywood style CGI and VFX videos with ease(. 

  • BuuPass (Kenya): BuuPass works with transport operators to provide digital solutions that seamlessly facilitate convenient and reliable movement of commuters. 

  • Crediation(Kenya): Crediation empowers tech startups to lend to their customers. We provide APIs and a dashboard to allow our partners to access funds for lending and process loans.

  • Credpal (Nigeria): CredPal develops consumer credit infrastructure to ease consumer credit purchase, and enable retail businesses to provide on-demand credit for consumers in Africa.

  • Crop2Cash (Nigeria): Crop2Cash is an offline accessible platform for farmers making it possible for them to pay, get paid, access agricultural credit via USSD while assuring financial institutions of their lending capital.

  • Curacel(Nigeria): Curacel is a Claims & Fraud Detection Platform for African Insurers.

  • Festival Coins (Nigeria): Festival Coins is a suite of tools to help event organizations produce better events, with features including online ticketing, access control, cashless payments, and event reporting.

  • Franc (South Africa): Franc.app is a mobile money management platform.

  • Ilara Health (Kenya): Ilara Health brings essential diagnostic support and impactful software products to patients and providers across peri-urban sub-Saharan Africa who currently are unable to access these basic life-saving tools.

  • Judy (Nigeria): The smart, comprehensive database of African case law and legislation.

  • Kaoun (Tunisia): Kaoun enables unbanked and underbanked individuals and businesses access to financial services through identification, payment and credit solutions.

  • Send (Nigeria): Digital Freight forwarder and customs broker for Africa.

  • Stears (Nigeria) : Stears is a trusted provider of high-quality African information that improves decision making.

  • The Smarthub (Nigeria): SaaS for hospitals and a Digital hospital with multiple physical locations and more than 200 Doctors with it's own Ambulance hailing service.

  • Thumeza (Zimbabwe): A next-generation logistics platform utilising data in order to optimise the logistics function for enterprises

  • Uzapoint (Kenya): UzaPoint is an enterprise resource planning tool that enhances the efficiency, profitability and business intelligence of small scale businesses in retail.

  • Zayride (Ethiopia): Zayride provides reliable, timely, and safe cab services using technologically enabled dispatch systems and integrated mobile money systems for payment. 

  • Zuka Data Science (Kenya): A blended Learning Platform with engaging Data Science programs designed by experts to enable individuals and organisations at all levels become Data Fluent.


Since its launch in 2018, the Google for Startups Accelerator program has worked with 47 startups from 17 African countries: Algeria, Botswana, Cameroon, Côte D’Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.


Zayride is going Pan African as well. They previously reported they are expanding to Liberia.

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