The Google for Startups Growth Academy: AI for Health has announced its 2023 cohort, welcoming 30 visionary startups from across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
This dynamic lineup includes five innovative African startups poised to revolutionize healthcare with AI-driven solutions.
After an extensive selection process that began in May, these startups are at the forefront of leveraging AI to address critical challenges, from early disease detection to improving information accessibility. Their innovations not only enhance the lives of billions but also stimulate robust economic growth.
Yuval Passov, Head of Google for Startups and program leader, expressed admiration for Africa’s innovation in the AI for Health sector, highlighting these startups as a testament to the continent’s global health solution development capabilities. Google aims to support and collaborate with them as they scale and disseminate their groundbreaking solutions.
The African startups in the Google for Startups Growth Academy cohort, listed alphabetically, are as follows:
- Eden Care (Rwanda): Blending AI and digital health to transform health insurance and corporate well-being.
- iZola Limited (Kenya): Providing enhanced support for families with neurodivergent children through an AI-integrated therapeutics platform.
- mDoc (Nigeria): Uplifting personal health practices through virtual health mentorship.
- Pharmarun (Nigeria): Bringing regional pharmacies together with an innovative, patient-centric platform.
- Zuri Health (Kenya): Pioneering patient care with an all-encompassing digital toolkit.
Beyond Africa, the selected startups include Biocam, offering a real-time digestive system scanning capsule, Mindstep with an app focused on enhancing brain and mental health, and Rayscape, providing radiologists with an AI-equipped digital assistant for better decision-making.
This initiative aligns with Google’s broader vision of supporting startups and accelerating their growth. In August, Google introduced the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First, a 10-week, equity-free accelerator program aimed at assisting African startups in leveraging artificial intelligence to tackle local challenges.
Since launching Google for Startups Accelerator programs in Africa in 2018, Google has backed 106 startups from 17 African nations, collectively raising over $263 million in funding and creating more than 2,800 jobs.