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Flapmax and Microsoft announce first cohort of African start-ups selected for the FAST Digital Transformation Programme

Flapmax and Microsoft announce first cohort of African start-ups selected for the FAST Digital Transformation Programme

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Flapmax has announced the 12 companies selected for the first cohort of the FAST start-up accelerator created to help strengthen and scale Africa’s digital ecosystem. In partnership with Microsoft, Flapmax’s 12-week start-up accelerator begins March 21st, 2022. The diverse class of entrepreneurs come from six different countries, serve nine industries, and include two female founders.

More than 800 applications from 25 countries in Africa were received for the first FAST accelerator cohort. The countries with the most applicants included Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa, Ghana, and Egypt. Applicants represented a diverse mix of technology and cloud-based products and services serving residents and businesses throughout Africa. Industries represented by the application pool included AgTech, EdTech, HealthTech, FinTech and more.

“Microsoft believes that African start-ups are well-placed to become a cornerstone of the African digital economy, with relevant solutions to local societal challenges. Participation in the FAST start-up accelerator program will help these entrepreneurs capture available funding opportunities and plan for growth and future market expansion,” said Gerald Maithya, Start-ups Lead, Microsoft Africa Transformation Office.
Dave Ojika, Founder and CEO, Flapmax, said: “In partnership with the Microsoft team, we are bringing together a unique mix of technology business and innovative entrepreneurs to build and scale societally impactful solutions that enable digital transformation across industries, as well as an introduction to cloud and AI-integration tools designed to unlock new value for their businesses.”

The first FAST accelerator cohort features the following startups:

Capsa Technology (app.getCapsa.com): Online platform to buy and sell invoices for businesses in Africa, Nigeria

Silqu (www.Silqu.com): Africa’s most advanced PropTech platform in real estate and technology, Kenya

LegitCar (LegitCar.ng): Building Africa’s biggest vehicle data service, Nigeria

VAIS (VAIS.ai): Comprehensive precision agriculture platform powered by AI & earth observation, Egypt

Snark Health (SnarkHealth.com): Partner with your doctor. Leverage your data. Pay less, Kenya

Pade HCM (PadeHCM.com): Automated HR for all African businesses, Nigeria DayDone (www.DayDone.com.ng): e-commerce platform, digitising Africa’s agriculture market, Nigeria

K-12 EdTech (K12plus.app): Asynchronous and synchronous kindergarten to 12th-grade education app, Kenya

Tumaini La Maisha (www.weareTLM.org): Pediatric oncology services, Tanzania

Taimba (Taimba.co.ke): East Africa’s first data-driven food supply chain platform, Kenya

Wala Digital Health (WalaDigital.io): Digital platform for hospitals access to blood that saves lives, Ghana

KaCyber Technologies (www.KaCyber.com): Making seamless mobility a reality in Africa, Uganda

Flapmax also announced the launch of its new upskilling and reskilling platform, Flapmax Learn, which would be used during the 12-week FAST programme to facilitate technology and business masterclasses and certifications.

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