Tendo, a Ghanaian startup that enables anyone in Africa to sell online with zero capital investment has joined the sixth class of Google Startups Accelerator for 2021.
The startup joins 14 other diverse startups with 47% women cofounders from across seven countries and seven sectors.
”We’re are happy to welcome 15 companies from across Africa to the sixth class of our Google for Startups Accelerator: Africa program,” Nitin Gajria; Managing Director at Google Africa and Rowan Barnett, Head of Google.org EMEA, posted in a blog post.
The Google for Startups Accelerator: Africa program was introduced in 2018 to support the African startup ecosystem, and to date, so far 67 startups from 17 African countries have been supported and have collectively raised USD$72 million (approx. UGX255.6 billion) and created 2,800 direct jobs.
In this year’s cohort, the 15 selected startups came from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tunisia, and Ghana. Nigeria had the most startups with a six-count, South Africa had three startups, Kenya had two startups, and Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tunisia, and Ghana each had one startup.
The three-month accelerator will provide the startups with over USD$3 million in equity-free support, mentorship, working space, PR backing, and access to technology and startup expert advisers from Google, Africa, and their external communities around the world.